City to repurpose rodeo relocation grant funds for on-site taxilane extension

(Lander, Wyo.) – The City of Lander is planning on using state funds that would have been used to relocate the Lander Rodeo Grounds instead to expand hangar space on the existing airport property.

Hunt Field Airport Board Chairman John Larson said the board approved moving forward using the remaining $1.4 million in grant funds to extend the taxilane to the south. The original $2 million grant had been provided by the Wyoming Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division to secure property for relocating the rodeo grounds to expand hangar space even further. The relocation of the rodeo grounds was discontinued after the state announced it would not help fund the rebuilding of the rodeo structures on new property.

Larson in a recent city council meeting said the board needed to give the state a “game plan” by June 19. The current plan would extend the taxilane “several hundred feet” to accommodate up to 10 additional hangars. “It utilizes all city property,” he said.

The estimated construction cost is $863,000, including a retaining wall to hold the ground in place. “As an airport board, that is what we are recommending to the city,”  Larson said. The city will be responsible for a 2 percent match on the construction costs.

The City Council has not yet acted on the recommendation, but at the presentation no one raised any objections.

On this Tuesday, the council also approved continuing its contract with Airport Manager Gary Loose for an additional five years.