Late last June, members of the Carroll Airport Commission approached the Carroll City Council, seeking their monetary assistance with a local match on a $320,000 grant for runway, taxiway and ramp updates for a new air service. City officials have reported that Air Methods Lifeflight, of Greenwood Village, Colo., landed at the Carroll airport late last week for a one-day visit in advance of their formal arrival later this month. The plan is to enter into a two-year trial, seeing if they will get a minimum of 200 flights per year before Air Methods would enter into a long-term, permanent agreement to be housed at the Carroll Airport. Air Methods will be bringing in a four-bedroom modular home to house their team of seven nurses, four pilots, two mechanics and a coordinator who will rotate shifts on site for 24/7 service. As a part of this agreement, the Airport Commission had agreed to provide water and sewer services, but also requested about $60,000 to $75,000 from the city to fix an existing sewer issue. They have also stated they expect to recoup much of this expense as this is a for-profit business. If Air Methods decides to go beyond the two-year trial, they will build their own hangar and move the residence closer to that.
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