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Council to discuss Bonne Terre Airport

The Bonne Terre Airport will be among the topics discussed at the Bonne Terre City Council meeting Monday.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. at city hall.

Serendipity Ventures II LLC of Festus wants to create and implement a plan to reopen the facility in cooperation with the city. Serendipity would act as facility manager.

The airport opened on May 11, 1969 and closed in the 1980s. It is overgrown with weeds and brush.

In 2007, members of the Citizens for Airport Economic Expansion of Festus proposed leasing and revitalizing the city’s abandoned airport after there were plans to shut down the Festus airport. Nothing ever came of the plan.

Serendipity proposes to initially cut the brush along the fence and refurbish the fence as necessary. They would begin the process of removing grass from cracks in the ramp area and taxi lane, filling cracks with tar mixture and sealing the ramp to prevent further deterioration. They plan to clean and seal the first 80 to 100 feet of both ends of the runway.

Serendipity would like to construct a 24 by 40 office and at least eight hangars for aircraft storage. Serendipity would offer flight instruction and ground school instruction.

During the meeting, Horner and Shifrin will discuss radionuclides and proposals for dealing with the issue. The radionuclide issue is something the government is forcing Bonne Terre and other cities to address.

The council will vote on an agreement with WM Financial Strategies as the city’s financial advisor.

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