OSCODA – The Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Authority (OWAA) has agreed to participate in the Michigan Site Readiness Program, for which they have also committed $30,000 as a local match.

Among other business, the action was taken during the June 13 meeting of the authority.

As explained by Airport Manager Gary Kellan, the board has previously provided authorization to solicit proposals from engineering firms to evaluate existing utilities infrastructure, and for planning to extend utilities to additional development site properties.

“Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has a grant program that might help pay for portions of the envisioned engineering services. It is called the Michigan Site Readiness Program,” he stated in his report to OWAA.

“In summary, the Michigan Site Readiness Program assists with preparing and certifying that industrial sites are ready for development,” according to Kellan. “Those sites are then included within an MEDC portfolio for marketing as pre-vetted industrial development sites.”

He noted that the maximum grant is $100,000, and a local match is strongly encouraged.

The OWAA application has since been submitted, seeking the full $100,000 grant, with a proposal of $30,000 as a local match from the authority.

In other action, OWAA members authorized hiring Northern A-1 Environmental Services – at a cost of $13,740 – to perform maintenance and clean out work on oil-water separator systems at the fuel storage facility.

Another bid for the project was received from Heritage Crystal Clean LLC, in the amount of $13,888.

Kellan stated that OWAA owns five fuel storage tanks, two of which are utilized by the fixed base operators, and the other of which are leased to Kalitta Air.

“The tanks are used to store and dispense Aviation Gas and Jet Fuel. The bulk fuel delivery station is equipped with a catch basin that is designed to contain and collect any spilled fuel,” he explained.

“Rain water and snow melt also flows through the catch basin. Liquids outflowing from the catch basin pass through a three chamber oil-water separator tank that includes petroleum product collection filters,” Kellan continued.

He advised that Airport Assistant Manager Jack Brown solicited competitive proposals from tank service companies for pump out, maintenance and cleaning of the oil-water separator system.

The results were shared during the OWAA meeting, with members selecting the low bid.

In separate business, the authority moved to renew Kellan’s contract for five years, extending the agreement to Jan. 22, 2025.

He stated that his initial contract commenced on Jan. 22, 2010, with the term being five years. OWAA subsequently extended the contract for an additional five years, with that agreement to conclude on Jan. 22, 2020.