Massena Town Council will spend $739,000 to build taxiway, upgrade security
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:00 am

Updated on July 23 with correction that the project is building a taxiway, not extending a runway.

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- The Town Council voted unanimously to spend $739,000 on upgrades at Massena International Airport.

They hired Barrett Paving Materials to construct and pave a 400-foot taxiway. The money is coming from a $925,000 federal government grant the town received in May.

Barrett Paving was the sole bidder for the project.

The board also decided to contract with Control Network Communication for security upgrades. That comes with a $33,340 price tag. The company was the lowest of four bidders.

The town is trying to get the airport designated as a regional hub. They okayed spending $150,000 last month in pursuit of the status. Just over $100,000 went to engineering fees for the aforementioned runway extension and the rest went to hiring a consultant to help secure charter flights. They are competing for the title with Ogdensburg International Airport.