The runway at the Rifle Garfield County Airport.

Rifle Garfield County Airport lands FAA grant

December 10, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration has offered the Rifle Garfield County Airport a $59,000 Airport Rescue Grant that may be used toward operations. The grant is provided through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) and is designed to assist airports to “prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.”

The grant fund can be used for “operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, combating the spread of pathogens at the airport, and debt service payments,” according to the grant conditions.

“The grant will be used for employee expenses,” said Airport Director Brain Condie to the Board of County Commissioners. “It does tie us to grant assurances for another 20 years, but we’re expecting more federal funds next year, so it doesn’t increase any commitment that we’re not already prepared to make.”

The grant offer was approved unanimously, 3-0.

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