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Runway extension $7 million more than manager reported

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – A runway extension for Midlothian and Waxahachie’s subsidized airport has cost $7 million more than originally reported.
Airport manager Andy Biery told Midlothian’s city council last week the runway extension cost was $4.1 million, with a savings of $8.4 million in the overall cost, but after prodding by Midlothian Councilman Ken Chambers, Biery admitted to a total overall cost of the project at $14 million.

"I wanted to ensure that everyone actually knew the total cost for the project," Chambers said.

"So I questioned Mr. Biery about the cost of the runway construction, consultant fees, land acquisitions and other fees associated with this project."
Biery’s separate presentation before the Waxahachie City Council Monday, Oct. 19 resulted in officials approving a project amount of $4.145 million.

Mid-Way Regional Airport is jointly owned and subsidized by the cities of Midlothian and Waxahachie; a board of directors, who hire the manager, is appointed by each city council.

According to Michael Scott, assistant city attorney for Waxahachie, the Texas Department of Transportation will pay 95 percent of the costs.

"The remaining 5 percent will be split amongst the two cities," said Scott.


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