Officials: Airport overhaul to begin, price irregularities fixed

A major infrastructure overhaul is scheduled to begin this spring at the Harrietstown-owned Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear.

The project will help ready the airport for long-term improvements, including the construction of new hangars and aircraft parking.

Site work is scheduled to begin this spring and the town plans to begin soliciting bids on septic system and pump station work within two weeks.

The entire project will be broken into two or more contracts, partly to help attract local contractors.

Funding for the project comes from a $400,000 state Department of Transportation grant partially matched by a $57,000 contribution from the town of Harrietstown.

In other airport news, officials say a new pricing structure is expected to increase fuel sales to visiting aircraft.

The new "fixed fee" price structure reduces fluctuations in the price of the fuel. That helps keep the airport's fuel prices competitive with other destinations in the northeast, according to Airport Manager Ross Dubarry.

The airline had been on a percentage-based system that allowed prices to swing wildly, often pricing the fuel out of the market or allowing it to be sold for less than the market price.

The Harrietstown Town Council voted unanimously to approve the changes last Thursday. Dubarry said the new pricing would take effect immediately.

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