The Linn County airport board met July 9 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss plans for an annual aviation festival.

The board also discussed applying for a funding grant through MoDOT to update the airport facility.

The North Central Missouri Regional Airport Authority Board discussed reducing fuel prices and having snacks and refreshments available for passing pilots on their way to the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure in Oshkosh, Wis.

Last year the airport reduced their fuel prices and received some pilots on their way to Wisconsin. The board decided this year to discount fuel prices up to 30-cents starting July 23.

The motion to approve the reduced fuel prices for the weekend was passed unanimously.

According to board member Mike Moore, he wants to bring more people to Linn County.

“It’s an opportunity for something good to happen in the community,” Moore said.

EAA Airventure starts July 23 in Oshkosh, Wis. and continues until July 29. Typically many pilots from the South, Southwest and the West may fly over Linn County on their way to the event.

The airport board also discussed applying for a funding grant from MoDOT. The grant from MoDOT would not require the airport to match the donation. The airport board hopes to use the grant to pay for new lighting on the airport taxiway, as well as fund new T-hangars.

A motion was passed unanimously to put together a proposal and pursue all money possible. The airport has received 5 percent and 10 percent matching grants in the past.

Board member Gary Carlson says the grant is important for the airport.

“We can do a lot of projects with [the grant],” Carlson said. “We’ve been able to do a lot of projects with grant money in the past. If it’s available to us, let’s take advantage of it.”

In other business, the airport’s automated weather observation system has been repaired.