Star City airport increasing safety with new fencing –

For the first time in approximately 50 years, the grounds of Northern Maine Regional Airport will be fully enclosed thanks to a $1.3 million project to build 35,000 linear feet of fencing around the facility.

The fencing project began in June and will be completed later this month.

Scott Wardwell, airport director, said Thursday that the project has been a long time coming. The airport, which was once a former air base, soon will be fully enclosed with security fencing for the first time since the base was turned over to the city in the early 1960s.

“We are very pleased that this is getting done,” Wardwell said. “This not only will enhance security, it also will keep animals and other wildlife off the runway and will bring the airport into compliance with FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] regulations.”

The fencing is primarily intended to keep the public off the runways and safety areas, which Wardwell said needs to be kept clear for safety reasons.