Rep. Williams Tours Hillsboro Municipal Airport
HILLSBORO, TX – Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today toured the Hillsboro Municipal Airport after announcing a $553,500 grant awarded to the airport under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Mayor Andy Smith, EDC Administrator Art Mann and Airport Manager John Graham joined the tour.
“Ensuring our regional airports have the funding needed to improve and maintain infrastructure is crucial to serving our communities. I’m proud to deliver needed funding to the Hillsboro Municipal Airport and am grateful for the opportunity today to learn more about forthcoming improvements,” said Congressman Williams. “I thank Mayor Smith, Administrator Mann and Airport Manager Graham for taking the time to join us this morning, and I look forward to the airport’s many years of continued service.”
The grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission and is intended to be used for electrical improvements including replacing medium intensity runway lights, replacing Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI) for Runway 16, installing PAPI for Runway 34, replacing the wind cone, and replacing airfield signage.
The funds were made available through the federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports. While AIP grants usually require a 10 percent local match, Congress directed through the CARES Act that most FY 2020 grants be awarded at a 100 percent federal share in an effort to alleviate the burden on local governments responding to COVID-19.
Photos are provided below courtesy of the Office of Congressman Roger Williams:
Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.