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Airport authority to study water system

| Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005

The Fayette County Airport Authority will take a closer look at the water system at the Connellsville Airport with an eye toward a need for additional growth.

Officials with the engineering firm of Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Tuesday told authority members the current water system may not be able to handle any other expansion beyond the terminal because of concerns over limited flow and pressure.

Dick Crimm, construction advisor for Michael Baker, said the general aviation terminal requires a fire suppression unit, which would be installed in the ceiling.

Crimm said using the current system may not provide enough pressure or water needed by the system to function properly.

"You have enough water pressure now to flush the toilets," Crimm said. "If there's much more burden on the line you'll have to put a booster pump in."

Fred Davis, board chairman, asked Crimm for suggestions.

"I think you should have both water authorities that contribute to your system come down and check the lines and give you pressure and flow readings," he said.

Crimm said a decision has to be made.

"We are getting close to the witching hour," he said. "You need to make a decision one way or another because the time to design it is at hand."

The decision is necessary so construction on the terminal is not delayed.

The authority will contact officials with the Pennsylvania Water Authority and the North Fayette Water Authority.

In other business, Dick Widmer, of Widmer Engineering, reported the sewer line project is 90 percent complete.

"By the middle of next week, we should have all the sewer lines in as well as the holding tank for the terminal building," he said.

All that remains is the resurfacing of the roads torn up during the project.

"There might be a little extra cost associated to some unmarked utilities that we ran into and for some extra asphalt, but other than that, our costs are pretty much right on the money," Widmer said.

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