Commissioners Accept $1 Million COVID-19 Relief Funds Agreement for Airport

Commissioners Accept $1 Million COVID-19 Relief Funds Agreement for Airport

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SWEETWATER COUNTY — During the Sweetwater County Commission meeting this morning, the commissioners unanimously approved a request to accept a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program agreement. Under the agreement, Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport will receive a little over $1 million.

At the meeting, Airport Executive Director Devon Brubaker said the agreement is coming from two different programs for a total of $1,013,325. 

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes nearly $2 billion in funds to be awarded as economic relief to eligible airports and concessions, information from the commission packet states.

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The FAA is distributing these funds through the Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program. RKS has been allocated a total of $1,013,325. Of that, $1,008,173 will go towards relief funds, while $5,152 will be concessions relief funds.

Brubaker said relief funds will include things like operation fees, cleaning supplies, janitorial services, and costs associated with combating the COVID-19 virus, while the concession funds will help pay for concessions, such as rental car company losses. 

“This is in addition to CARES Act funds received back in April of 2020,” Bubaker said. 

The Rock Springs City Council will need to review and approve the same agreement at its meeting tonight in order for the airport to receive the funding.

Other Business

The Commission approved a site plan application from the city of Rock Springs for Southwest Counseling. Additional buildings, which were donated, will be located at 2300 Ankeny Way. This will allow for the placement of a modular office building at this location. The 4,876 square foot structure will have 4,089 square feet set aside for office space, while 787 square feet will be used for maintenance purposes.