By Bill Short
The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen has adopted a resolution approving an engineering consultant for utility improvements on Hornet Avenue.
Board members took the action during their May 11 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Hank Hawkins and seconded by Alderman Mike Caruthers.
The motion was passed by six affirmative votes, with Alderman Thomas McGhee absent.
The resolution states that the city has received a grant for the utility improvements from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Fast-Track Infrastructure Development Program.
After conducting a Request for Qualifications process, a Consultant Selection Review Committee appointed by Mayor Terry Jones recommended that the city employ Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc. of Cordova as the engineering consultant for this project.
The resolution authorizes Jones or City Manager Ed Haley to sign a contract and any related documents with BWSC at a lump-sum rate of $26,970 upon approval by City Attorney Charles Perkins.
Crew Training International, a $40 million Germantown-based company, wants to establish a flight training academy in Hangar N-7 at the Millington Regional Jetport. The company is also interested in constructing three residential facilities or “dormitories” on property that the Millington Industrial Development Board currently owns.
But before CTI can construct the dormitories, the city must extend its water, sewer and gas lines to the site from Dakar Street. The estimated cost is slightly more than $180,000.
Millington has received $150,000 from the state ECD Department for the utilities extension. The city also has a $100,000 grant from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.
During a telephone interview late last week, Jetport Executive Director Roy Remington noted that city water and sewer lines currently run from Veterans Parkway along Dakar to Memphis Avenue. He said those utilities will be extended from Dakar north along Hornet Avenue to the airport.
“The Navy has been asking the city to get off of Navy utilities,” Remington acknowledged. “And this helps toward that.”
Because of “compelling safety reasons” as well as “aesthetics,” CTI has agreed to provide $25,000 to help the city bury its overhead utility lines underground on the site. That leaves a local matching requirement of $30,670 that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has voted to provide.
Remington has said the flight training academy will bring 75 jobs, 100 students a year and 30 based aircraft that will be part of the “transportation infrastructure” in the city.
While noting that N-7 will be the “base of operations” for the flight school, he has said it will include a large bay hangar where the aircraft will be stored and worked on, a “first-class” testing center where the students can take online courses, and “breakout rooms” where they can meet individually with their flight instructors to review each day’s lessons.
South of Eniwetok Street, there will be what Remington has called a “multi-purpose” building that is neither a dormitory nor a classroom. It will have a dining facility where the students can “relax a bit” and spend time with one another.