Several Cape Girardeau City Council members appear ready to ground plans for a proposed, $30,000 public observation deck at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. Council members questioned the need for an observation deck during Monday night’s council meeting during discussion of the proposed city budget. Airport manager Bruce Loy tells KZIM KSIM the airport advisory board have waited to find funding for two projects.
Loy says money from increased landing fees would pay for the project. He believes an observation deck would be well used by the public. Ward 4 Councilman Robbie Guard suggested the city might look to involve outside groups in developing an observation deck, avoiding the need to pay a prevailing wage which would add to the cost of the project. The council gave initial approval Monday to the city’s overall spending plan. The council, however, could scrap the observation deck project later this month when the budget comes up for final approval.