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Contractors now boarding: Perham airport to expand

An expansion project at the Perham Municipal Airport is about to take off.

Plans and specifications are complete for the first part of the two-part project, and the city has begun seeking bids from local contractors for some of the construction work.

If all goes well, construction will begin this spring and will wrap up by Aug. 1.

City Engineer Jade Berube updated city councilors on the project at a meeting last Monday.

Berube said the first part of the project, an expansion of the airport’s hangar apron, is estimated to cost about $85,000. Bids for this portion will be taken starting March 24, and the work is scheduled to be complete by June.

The second part, construction of a new hangar, will begin after the apron expansion is finished, and is estimated to cost about $200,000. The bidding process for this portion has not been scheduled yet.

The new hangar will provide room for six additional airplanes.

A handful of pilots have been on a waiting list to rent hangar space at the Perham airport, according to previous discussions by the city council, and city leaders believe adding the hangars will be good for local tourism and business.

Of the total project cost, about $50,000 will come out of the city’s capital fund. About half the cost of the apron expansion will be financed through the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Additional funding for the project will come in the form of a loan.

City Manager Kelcey Klemm said Monday that, if most of the hangars are regularly rented out, the loan will be paid off within 10 years.

Perham’s airport commission is in favor of the plan.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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