Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
The Airport Advisory Board met on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. and discussed details of the Airport Master Plan and were updated on various other airport issues. A good portion of the meeting was devoted to a long recurring topic – no bathroom at the airport.
The aged septic system has failed and is no longer usable. The single bathroom at the airport is closed and a porta-potty sits outside.
It’s been discussed at every board meeting this year and has been discussed at city council.
The situation remains unchanged with no definitive answer on how it will be addressed.
To hook into the city sewer system is the best solution, but that would be costly and no money has been available for that in past city budgets.
Replacing the old septic system is not considered an option by the city. They say the current location is not appropriate and there’s not any adequate alternative locations either.
Michael Kramer, public works director, at tonight’s meeting said that soil tests showed high clay content, which is not suitable for septic systems.
Installation of a holding tank was discussed and may be implemented as a temporary solution.
A holding tank would work fine and indefinitely.
The drawback is that a holding tank has to be emptied when it gets full – multiple times a year – and depending on usage and tank size that could cost $400 to $500 or more each time.
The next Airport Advisory Board meeting is 7 p.m., Sept. 11 at the Gardner Senior Center.