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A grant totaling at least $170,000 to the city of Cotulla for future projects at its airport comes with a requirement that a consulting board be established to determine development priorities.
Nominees to the new board were put before the city council Thursday evening, November 11, and include airport manager ET Page, American Legion Post Commander Joe Sada, retired banker and former councilor John Northcut, pharmacist and former mayor Pablo Gonzales, La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez, city utilities engineer David Wright, and Cotulla City Administrator Larry Dovalina.
The planning grant comes to Cotulla from the Texas Department of Transportation, which has in the past funded major improvements to the county and city airport, including runway and apron extensions, allowing the facility to accommodate larger jet aircraft than ever before. Taxiways and hangar space have also been added.
The largest of the improvements to the airport in the past three years has been construction of a new airport terminal, known as the Cotulla Jet Center, which will be feted with a grand opening ceremony on December 9, according to the city administrator. Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini is scheduled to give the keynote address.
The current planning grant, if fulfilled, will give Cotulla a head start on future aviation-related projects, Dovalina told the council last week, and pre-qualifies the city for grants that may support future construction.
The committee will meet as many as four times in the next six months to draft a needs assessment that will be submitted to the state transportation department.