Supervisors consider architect contract for Castle hangars

The control tower at Castle Airport is seen here on August 15.
The control tower at Castle Airport is seen here on August 15. Merced Sun-Star

The Merced County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a contract with an architectural firm for renovation of two hangars at Castle Airport.

The contract with Mead & Hunt is budgeted for $255,738, according to county documents. A grant from the Federal Aviation Administration awarded in September will cover a portion of the project.

Mark Hendrickson, director of community and economic development, said the project is 90 percent funded by the FAA, but the county has to match the grant with staff time and a cash contribution to cover the remaining amount.

Hendrickson said the contract before the board Tuesdayis only for the design of the hangar renovation, not the actual construction, but he’s hopeful the cost of construction will be covered by future grants.

“A few years ago, we got into the military airport program, which gives us different grants,” Hendrickson said. “What this is contemplating is the work to be done, but it will position us well for a future grant for the actual build-out, or construction.”

The supervisors also will consider a $9,396 budget transfer to provide group sessions to in-custody female minors at Iris Garrett Juvenile Justice Correctional Complex. The sessions cover topics such as self-esteem, positive thinking and personal empowerment, according to county documents.

The board will look at accepting a grant award in the amount of $253,987 for the county’s Department of Public Health. The grant comes from the Public Health Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is designed to address the root causes of poor health, particularly for disadvantaged populations.

Merced County was one of 12 counties in California chosen to receive this award, according to county documents.

The Board of Supervisors will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesdayin the board’s chamber on the third floor of the Merced County Administration Building, 2222 M St., Merced.