The Gardner City Council April 15 accepted and signed an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for planning and design costs for infrastructure improvements to the Gardner Municipal Airport. An expenditure of $781.25 of revenues in the City’s Airport Fund was approved.
In October 2018, Gardner applied for grant funds from KDOT’s Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) to make infrastructure improvements to the GMA.
Due to a complete failure of the existing septic system at the airport, a sanitary sewer main extension that serves the terminal building is required. In the spring of 2017, lateral field failures with the existing on-site sanitary sewer system led to the closure of the restrooms at the airport offices and terminal building, and the subsequent installation of a porta potty.
Currently, there are no restrooms (other than the portable toilets) located at the airport.
The installation of a gravity sanitary sewer is feasible and provides a permanent, long-term solution for sanitary sewer service at the airport. The project is being designed under an agreement with Professional Engineering Consultants. The sanitary sewer plans are completed, and have been submitted for permitting to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The sanitary sewer is currently under mandatory FAA review of Obstruction Evaluation / Airport Airspace Analysis. Preliminary Design and Engineering work performed to date will be eligible for reimbursement through the grant.
KDOT has awarded funds for the planning and design of the installation of a gravity sanitary sewer at the airport terminal building. KDOT will reimburse Gardner ninety-five percent of the total planning / engineering budget of $15,625. Funds for the projects will come from: KDOT- $14,843.75; Gardner Airport Fund-$781.25.