Knox County awarded nearly $200,000 for airport improvements

Jul 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Knox County a grant in the amount of $198,000 for improvements at the Knox County Regional Airport.

"Maine's large geographic area makes air travel an important transportation option that connects towns and cities across the state," said Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King in a joint statement. "Maine's small airports, such as Knox County Regional, play a vital role in supporting local businesses, especially in the state's more rural regions. This funding will help the city purchase land to make necessary safety improvements."

Specifically, the DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration says the funding will be used to remove obstructions in the Runway 13 approach and transitional surfaces, and fund the reimbursement for the easement acquisition of 15 parcels for the project.


Comments (6)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jul 23, 2014 12:51

Thank you.  It should be changed on Collins' website, too. 

Posted by: Kim Lincoln | Jul 23, 2014 12:48

I contacted the person who sent us the press release and it is Knox County who actually received the grant. The release has been updated. Thanks! Kim Lincoln- Copy Editor, Courier Publications.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jul 23, 2014 12:12

It seemed unlikely that money would go to Rockland for the Knox County Regional Airport, located, as it is, in Owls Head.  So, I called Collins' office about it.  I chose the Augusta office because calling the Washington office on other issues as recently as last week, gives you a guy who could not sound more disinterested in speaking to the public.  There is no doubt in my mind that he doesn't give one whit for public input, and you have to wonder why Collins would allow herself to be represented by someone who clearly loathes the job - intern or not.


Anyway, they didn't know the facts in Augusta either, and I'm waiting for a return phone call.  But that was also an interesting conversation with the woman I spoke with being far more interested in why I wanted to know the facts, and who I was.  What does it matter?  This is public information.  Very disconcerting.


I can find nothing in the Federal Register regarding the grant, so I contacted U.S. DOT and was routed to the Undersecretary's office in the FAA.  His first move was to do a google search which yielded the story in another newspaper, which, amusingly, given that he's in the Federal government, he could not access without a subscription.  Eventually, he gave me contact information for the grants section of the DOT, and I left a message requesting information.  No call back as yet.


Before all that I looked at the City of Rockland website to find any kind of documentation, and found none. Given that the airport is in Knox County, I contacted the office of Andrew Hart, the County Adminstrator, to see what he knew, but he is in meetings.


Why take the time to do this?  Because facts are important.  By the way, wahtever happened to the formerly new reporter, Larry DiGiovanni who was hired as an investigative reporter?

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 23, 2014 09:38

Too bad because the Farnsworth could use some more sprucing up by the City.

Posted by: Brenda Kaler | Jul 23, 2014 07:07

Guess you would be correct seeings it's in Owl's Head..

Posted by: Carolyn Philbrook | Jul 22, 2014 23:15

I'm guessing it's not actually to the city of Rockland.

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