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City of Marianna Taking Steps To Improving Airport Runway

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Marianna City Commissioners discussed steps to improving the city's airport Wednesday night. 

The Federal Aviation Administration says one of the runways is showing cracks and signs of failure therefore the city is looking to try and fix it.

However, a huge price tag stands in the way. Marianna City Manager Jim Dean says the FAA has funds available though to help. 

City commissioners agreed Wednesday night to go ahead and apply for assistance from the them in order to work towards resurfacing runway 18-36, a project estimated to cost around 1 million dollars.

Before the commission can receive that money they must first apply for assistance to help fund engineering services that need to be done prior to the resurfacing.

"The FAA has come up with some funds for us and so we need to make application to the Federal Aviation Administration to fund the cost of those engineering services which is going to be about 100,000 dollars," says Dean.

Dean says receiving assistance from the FAA is crucial to improving the runway. He says the city could not afford it otherwise. The application for assistance will be sent out this week.