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Backus: Council discusses airport improvements

The Backus City Council spent a significant amount of time Monday, Aug. 3, discussing improvements to the municipal airport. New airport manager Craig Taylor approached the council regarding various improvements. First, Taylor discussed bringing ...

The Backus City Council spent a significant amount of time Monday, Aug. 3, discussing improvements to the municipal airport.

New airport manager Craig Taylor approached the council regarding various improvements.

First, Taylor discussed bringing a fuel pump at the airport into compliance. During a recent inspection, Taylor said the pump, which has been unused for some time, was shut down and locked up until it can be repaired. Taylor said he has several options, including purchase of a new motor for approximately $5,000. Alternatively, he thinks he can purchase used parts for under $3,000.

Taylor said the runway requires work with brush removal. The mayor said he will be able to help with mowing around the runway.

Taylor then informed the council that the departures office needs to be resealed from the outside in some places. The council directed the maintenance department to help Taylor with supplies.

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Taylor said he would like to see the old signage along the roads and highways repaired and updated. He would also like a sign installed at the departures building to make visitors feel welcome. The council took this suggestion under advisement.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Received approval from the state auditor.

• Accepted a 2015-16 Lakes Gas contract locking in a propane price of $1.149 per gallon.

• Set a budget meeting for 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

• Denied a request to allow a building homeowner to extend access to his property across another adjoining property.

• Approved inspection of the water tower.

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Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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