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Airport to receive $1.1 million grant

The federal funding will be used to improve security

The federal funding will be used to improve security

August 21, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Regional Airport will receive a $1.1 million federal grant to improve security, U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett said Tuesday.

Most of the money will be used to buy surveillance equipment such as cameras for the airfield and passenger terminal, and new fencing for around the airport, Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said.

Some of the existing fencing is old or too short in some places, she said. Motz would not describe existing surveillance at the airport.

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The grant comes from the Federal Aviation Administration's $1.95 billion Airport Improvement Program, Bartlett spokeswoman Lisa Wright said.

The county applied for the grant "many months ago," Motz said.

She said the airport received all the money it requested.

"I'm ecstatic," Motz said. "We are very fortunate."

"We certainly want folks to understand that when they travel through the airport ... it's our aim to provide safety and service and this will help us achieve those in 2003," Motz said.

Bartlett, R-Md., said in a statement that "This $1,120,000 grant for the Hagerstown Regional Airport is great news and will be put to immediate good use. This grant will help the Hagerstown airport provide even better and more efficient security."

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