Gaye Arthur of Advent Business Interiors presents to the Albany-Dougherty County Aviation Commission a furniture plan for the new Southwest Georgia Regional Airport terminal.
ALBANY, Ga. -- While the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is being faced with some future budget cuts, an overview was given to the Albany-Dougherty County Aviation Commission on Monday regarding the furniture selections currently in place for the airport’s new terminal.
On Monday, the commission approved a do not exceed amount of $291,824 for the furniture — which officials say will be funded via customer facility charges.
Gaye Arthur of Advent Business Interiors presented the furniture floor plan for each area of the airport.
The passenger waiting area is expected to contain 80 seats, 36 of which are set to be equipped with electricity ports. Some of the chairs will have armrests, while some will not — and will come in various sizes.
That area will also include four work desks for passengers to use, Wi-Fi access, in-line tables and handicap areas to be built extra wide.
“We are trying to make the whole gate experience better than it has been before,” Arthur said.
The plans for the public waiting area include long benches with attached tables in-between as well as outdoor public areas with steel benches, trash bins and smoking urns. The large conference room is set to include a 16-foot, 12-chair table with a lectern and seating for 18 people around the room — and the administrative area is anticipated to have two offices with a set up to allow for small meetings to be held in either room.
The figure attached to this plan is expected to go before the Albany City Commission in the coming weeks. Airport Director Yvette Aehle added that there are plans in the works to rent the conference room, which she said could potentially serve as a revenue source for the airport.
Aehle also presented the draft for the airport’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which is due in by noon at March 1.
Being taken into consideration with this budget is a mandate by city officials to cut 10 percent, which would make for a difference of $140,000 in comparison to what the facility has to work with now.
Aehle explained that the airport’s situation is unique in that it is not in the position to cut services, which will force the facility to get creative when it comes time to make up for that difference.
“The new building will be easier to maintain,” she said. “(In the meantime), we will try to increase revenue as much as we can.”
In old business, the commission was presented with a draft of its bylaws — which contained the basic framework of how the meetings are conducted, what qualifies as a quorum, election of chair and vice chair, among other things.
On that agenda item, the commission members opted to review the bylaws and submit their suggested revisions to Aehle so that they could be considered at its next scheduled meeting — which is set for 5 p.m. on March 18.