Albany city leaders want to be ready to move forward with construction of a new airport terminal as soon as the Federal Aviation Administration is ready.
City Commissioners voted unanimously to accept an FAA Grant for the project, even though the grant hasn't been offered yet.
The recent partial shutdown of the FAA delayed the paperwork. If everything isn't finalized by the end of September, the project could be delayed a year. City leaders pre-approved the grant to try to avoid that delay.
"With the calendar the way it is, we don't know when they'll be able to give out funds and with the end of the federal fiscal year coming on September 30th, I needed to have the ability to go ahead and accept whatever they gave us because as people know it usually takes about a month to get before the city commission and the aviation commission," said Airport Director Yvette Aehle.
The airport has bids in hand for the project and is ready to move ahead as soon as the FAA comes through with the money.
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