Solar farm at airport possibility

Tallassee Mayor Johnny Hammock said it’s possible the closed municipal airport could be turned into a solar farm to provide electrical power and jobs.

Tallassee Mayor Johnny Hammock said it’s possible the closed municipal airport could be turned into a solar farm to provide electrical power and jobs.

The city officially closed the airport Dec. 31 and Hammock said the solar farm could generate about $100,000 annually on 300 available acres.

"Nothing is certain yet," Hammock said. "But if this project does come to Tallassee it will generate jobs for the community."

The city council decided to close the municipal airport at the end of 2018 because it needed nearly $70,000 in repairs to meet federal requirements after the Alabama Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Bureau found multiple violations during the most recent inspection.

The repairs include updating the runway, replacing asphalt, painting and cutting trees.

Hammock said the city had about $11,000 in the airport account when it closed and it was used only by private residents and pilots and did not benefit the majority of residents.

Since closing the airport, the council has surplused the timber surrounding the airport and plans to sell it to the highest bidder.

The bid process will open July 9 at 10 a.m. at city hall, Hammock said.