A new bandstand at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown is one step closer to completion.

Elizabethtown City Council on Monday accepted a bid from BCD Inc. for the second phase of construction of the bandstand at Freeman Lake Park.

The accepted bid was $279,800. This phase includes the concrete, steps and electrical work of the new bandstand.

Monday’s vote was 5-1 with Councilman Marty Fulkerson as the lone vote against the bid.

“I am all for the bandstand being redone. I am just not for spending this kind of money right now. I think, from what I see, we’re starting to see some of those costs come down.” he said. “… I think it would be in the best interest of the city at this point to see if we can get this cost down.”

In May, the council approved a bid from Recreation InSites for $113,512 for the roof and metal structure of the new bandstand.

The former bandstand was torn down in April. Built in the early to mid-1980s, the wooden structure had deteriorated from the elements throughout the years.

Council members on Monday also voted to transfer property — located at 208 Haycraft St. and 205 Guthrie Place — to Hardin County Habitat for Humanity.

Additionally, Elizabethtown City Council heard from members of the Elizabethtown Regional Airport board.

After multiple years of perseverance — both by the board and the city — Chairman Don Wise said the Elizabethtown Regional Airport finally has a fully functioning Instrument Landing System. The ILS gives precision guidance to an aircraft.

Roughly 20 years ago, Wise said the Federal Aviation Administration installed half of an ILS — a localizer — at the airport.

“For many years after that our board made numerous requests to the FAA to fund and install the glide slope,” Wise said. They were denied.

A glide slope, part of the airport’s Instrument Landing System, is a navigation tool indicated by a radio beacon as the proper path for an airplane to use when approaching a landing strip. It allows for a 200-foot approach.

In 2014, Elizabethtown City Council made the decision to fund the glide scope at $600,000.

“Here we are seven years later happy to report today that the Elizabethtown airport has a fully functioning ILS,” Wise said.

According to board member Don Cox, this will increase traffic at the airport and was needed for future growth.

“It is a great thing for an airport,” he said.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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