Ravalli County reaches tentative agreement for airport land

Posted at 8:27 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 10:34:55-04

HAMILTON – Ravalli County commissioners appear to have reached an agreement to purchase private land to allow expansion of the Hamilton Airport.

A few weeks ago it appeared the county might not be able to reach an agreement with the Mildenberger Family.

Acquiring the 160 acres is seen as the key to plans to expand the airport by extending the runways, an idea that’s been batted about for more than 30 years.

But now, commissioners are set to discuss a proposed $3 million deal for the land on Friday and then will submit that request to the FAA for funding.

Commissioners are anxious to get a deal approved because right now the FAA is willing to fund 90% of the airport project, estimated at between $12 million and $15 million. The county’s portion would only be $1.2 million to $1.5 million if an agreement can be reached.

The board will discuss the possible settlement on Friday.