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The Local Agenda: Gainesville considering funding for airport study
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners recently approved using $12,500 in SPLOST VI money to pay for a $25,000 study to determine if Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport can handle larger aircraft landing on its runways. Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett told The Times the City Council would likely approve its half of the cost in the coming weeks.Airport Manager Terry Palmer said he hopes the study, which will test runway pavement strength, will allow the airport to increase its landing weight load beyond 50,000 pounds. If so, the airport may attract larger business jets and increase its economic impact on the region, Palmer said.