Columbia, CA — The County of Tuolumne is planning on doing a “Feasibility and Viability Examine” for the Pine Mountain Lake and Columbia airports.
The County has simply put out a request for bids from exterior firms who’re involved in doing the work. Bids might be accepted by means of October 27. It notably consists of reviewing potential financial development-related alternatives for the airports.
The Pine Mountain Lake Airport was deeded to Tuolumne County by developer Boise Cascade, LLC, in 1973. There are 16 hangers and 36 tie-down areas. Eleven of the hangars are privately owned and pay floor hire to the county. In line with the FAA, there are round 14,900 plane operations per 12 months. The PML airport has its personal enterprise fund, however nonetheless requires constant contributions from the county’s Basic Fund every year. One facet of the PML portion of the examine is to assessment whether or not the ability is likely to be higher off privately owned.
In the meantime, the Columbia Airport has been owned by the county since its development in 1932. In line with the Columbia Airport Grasp Plan, there are round 45,000 airport operations yearly, with an anticipated enhance of two-percent every year. It additionally serves as a base for PHI Air Med, Search and Rescue crew, Bald Eagle Aviation (fueling and pilot companies), Springfield Aviation, CAL Hearth Air Assault, Sheriff Boat Patrol, and varied different entities. It has 73 hangars which are county-owned and 19 which are privately owned. There are additionally 96 month-to-month tie-down spots. The Columbia Airport additionally has its personal enterprise fund that doesn’t require common allocations from the county’s common fund.
Over the previous eight years, Columbia Airport has obtained simply over $7-million in grant funding for varied initiatives which embrace pavement rehabilitation, design companies, and a grasp plan. It additionally has 40 acres of connected undeveloped land that could possibly be used for aviation or non-aviation functions. The Columbia facet of the examine will concentrate on issues like its financial impression in the neighborhood and new alternatives for financial growth.
As soon as bids are obtained for the examine on the airports, they are going to be reviewed by the county. A contract for the examine is anticipated to be awarded in late November.