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County airport receives fundin for FAA-mandated security costs

March 20, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — The Imperial County airport got $119,735 to help pay for Federal Aviation Administration-mandated security costs after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The supplemental money from the U.S. Department of Defense will pay for most of the $140,000 in security upgrades required by the FAA, airport manager David Conn said.

Conn said some of the security improvements required by the FAA are:

· 24-hour security, provided by a private agency, $120,000;

· two or three security gates, $10,000;

· semi-permanent barriers, about $10,000.

National Guard troops are stationed at the airport and will be here for at least another six months, he said.

Conn said the money will pay for extra security for one year, retroactive to September.

He said he doesn't know where he's going to get the rest of the money to pay for the security upgrades.


"Maybe I'll get the money from another branch of the FAA that offers grants or … maybe the money will come out of my hide," he said.

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