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City Council OKs Sherman airport upgrades

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There are plans for big upgrades at Sherman Municipal Airport. (KTEN) There are plans for big upgrades at Sherman Municipal Airport. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- The board members at Sherman Municipal Airport decided it was time for some improvements, and that action plan was approved at Monday's Sherman City Council meeting.

As a result, the airport could benefit from funding of almost $9.5 million over the next 20 years.

"A panel with people that are interested in growing the airport and making it into a great institution," said the city's community and support services manager Nate Strauch.

Recommendations focus on increasing capacity at the airport through new facilities, while continuing maintenance of the existing infrastructure.

That's big news for local pilots and board members like Mary Lawrence.

"The traffic is less, the general aviation pilots... many of them prefer a non-towered airport and a smaller airport, so everyone's excited about it," she said.

Step one is to build more hangars and to have 10 more planes within the next five years.

"According to plan, if these new hangars are bought up as fast as you think they they will be, then the City Council will look at taking that next step of adding a taxiway and adding even more hangars," Strauch said.

The goal is for the airport to eventually be twice as big as it is now.

"It's almost unbelievable," Lawrence said. "The other pilots that I talked to when we first when we first started the master plan process, they could not believe we were moving forward with this."

The first phase of development at Sherman Municipal Airport starts early next year.

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