WATERVILLE — City councilors Tuesday will be updated on a runway construction project at Robert LaFleur airport that airport manager Randy Marshall last year said was the “biggest project the Waterville airport as seen in many, many years.”

The project began a year ago with a $4.3 million federal grant to reconstruct the airport’s longest runway.

The project included money to repave and rehabilitate 5/23, the main 5,500-foot runway, fix safety areas and replace runway lighting and was expected to take about a year, Marshall said at the time.

“It is in poor condition and we do receive calls frequently from pilots of larger aircraft concerned about the quality of the pavement and whether they want to bring their aircraft to Waterville because of that,” said Marshall at the time. “This will help alleviate that and kind of renew the life of the airport.”

The work on runway 5/23 is especially important because it is longer than what many of the municipal airports in the state have. Runway length dictates the size airplanes that can use it.

Upgrading the airport has been a priority for groups working to boost the region’s economy, and the upgrade was hoped to help that aim.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at The Center downtown.

The short agenda includes a request to award a contract for repair of the City Hall roof, but City Manager Michael Roy said Monday that he will suggest the item be postponed indefinitely because the city received only one bid for the work and it was more money than the city wants to spend, and officials will change their plans for the project.

“That will be bid out again in the spring,” he said.

Jodie Hill will request approval for a secondhand license for her business, Rustic Charm, at 35 East Concourse.

Councilors will be asked to accept $177 in drug forfeiture money to be used by the Police Department.

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