County insists on evaluating economic impact.
At their first meeting of the new year on Jan. 31, Airport Authority members agreed that keeping an accurate database of planes coming in and out of the airport is a good idea, believing it will show how valuable the facility is to the local economy. After receiving a $2.3 million grant from federal aviation funds, allocated out by the NCDOT Division of Aviation, county commissioners doled out over $200,000 to match the federal grant. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the match, but asked Airport Authority chairman, Milles Gregory, if the Authority could keep an accurate record of the number of planes using the facility. In early January, Gregory told board members that they would be more than willing to take up the task.