Fund transfer OK’ed to cover the cost

    A project spurred by a desire to save on energy costs at Crookston Municipal Airport – converting its heating system from propane to natural gas – was completed earlier this winter, so the Crookston City Council this week approved a necessary fund transfer to cover the cost.

    The council OK’ed the transfer of $6,761 from the Municipal Land & Building Fund to the Airport Fund. City Administrator Shannon Stassen said the plan all along was to make the transfer at some point. “It’s what the (Municipal Land & Building Fund) is for,” he said.

    The Airport Commission in 2017 was first to recommend the change in the heating delivery system at the airport located a little more than a mile north of Crookston on Highway 75. Previously, propane was delivered to a tank at the facility, but now Community Cooperative is delivering natural gas to the airport via line piping. Due to the different nature of propane and natural gas, Finance Director Angel Weasner explained, certain equipment and fixtures needed to be refitted to natural gas standards.

    The conversion has been operational for a couple months, Stassen noted.