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A new hangar for the Sedalia Regional Airport will be up for discussion during the Sedalia City Council work session today.

“The airport is a revenue generator for us,” said City Administrator Gary Edwards. “Any time we’re talking about ways to bring in money, that’s worth taking a close look at.”

According to council documents, the cost of an additional  hangar is approximately $230,000.

With a State Transportation Assistance Revolving, or STAR, grant through the Missouri Department of Transportation, the city will be able to apply for a 10-year loan at 3 percent, paying $2,400 per month.

Ramp and taxiway construction will cost approximately $150,000, but the city will pay 5 percent of that, about $7,500, through grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and MoDOT.

“Because of the grants available to us, we’ll have an easier time getting the new hangar and taxiway built,” Edwards said. “To receive those grants, we have to show letters that confirm we’ll have people who will lease the hangar space who will essentially be paying the loan for us through their lease agreements.”

An expanded sidewalk program for fixing and building sidewalks in the city’s north and eastern portions also is on the council’s agenda.

“The $88,000 grant the city is getting to help those who qualify to update their homes and get rid of lead paint plays a big part in deciding where we could expand the sidewalks,” Edwards said.

The city now has a 50-50 share program, Edwards explained, with residents and the city each paying for half the maintenance. With the expanded program, the city may take on more of the share, as much as 100 percent in some areas.

“We feel the proposed area needs immediate attention,” Edwards said. “We find if the city takes steps to improve sidewalks, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to also improve and repair their homes. It’s a cycle of taking pride in a neighborhood.”

The city council work session will start at 6 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room, 200 S. Osage Ave. For more information, call 827-3000.

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