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      City council approves fence project for Ottumwa Regional Airport

      The Ottumwa Regional Airport is one step closer to starting a $900,000 project.

      At this week's city council meeting, council members approved plans to construct a wildlife fence at the airport. Crews will put up a 10 ft. chain-link fence to help keep deer off the runway, which is a major safety concern to the airport's maintenance supervisor and many others. Through a program with the FAA, the city is eligible to receive grant funding for the installation of the fencing around the runway areas.

      "90-percent of the funding will come from the Federal Aviation Administration and the local match of about $90,000 will come from local city funds, specifically the airport fund, which is essentially the rents collected on properties at the airport," Ottumwa 's Public Information Officer Tom Rodgers said.Airport officials anticipate the project to start by the end of August and to be complete sometime this winter.