Benton Officials Talk Of Airport Relocation

(BENTON, IL) — City officials in Benton are considering moving the Benton Municipal Airport. During Monday night’s City Council meeting, concerns about the airport’s operations were brought up by the council and addressed by Mike Wyant, who is the Airport Board’s chairman. Wyant told the council the $660,000 fencing project is finished and that a beacon was recently relocated for $80,000. Both projects were federally funded up to 90 percent, with the fencing project including 5 percent state and 5 percent local funds. The 5 percent local funds will be provided by the airport board. Mayor Fred Kondritz also questioned a 2011 report from IDOT that said 8,000 takeoffs and landings took place at the airport, but a timetable was not provided. Wyant said students from SIU Carbondale use the airport for what he called “touch and go” operations. Kondritz went on to say that he didn’t want to get rid of the airport, but wants to move it. He wants to find a new place and join with airport officials in finding a new home. Council members also said they are for a new airport.