Albertville residents could soon grab a taxi from Albertville to Panama City — an air taxi that is.

Advanced Flight Solution, a company based out of Guntersville, is looking to start an air taxi service that will operate out of the Albertville Regional Airport, according to Airport and Economic Development Director Jerry Cofield,

Cofield said the service allows someone to rent a plane and a pilot and go wherever they need to go.

“In my opinion this is another step to bring our airport into a complete-commercialized situation,” Cofield said. “This is continued growth, and it is continued economic development potential for this airport and this area.”

On Monday, the Albertville City Council will consider granting the request from Brett Kelley, and Cofield said Kelley is ready to get the operation off the ground as soon as he gets permission.

In other business, Cofield also asked the council to consider passing a resolution that would bind the city to ensure they provide 5 percent of the cost for the Alabama 75 relocation project.

It also gives the Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau the authority to apply and administer different funds and phases of the project.

Cofield said the project is a 10-year project and that ALDOT would also handle the land acquisition needed to move the road because of “their expertise and capability in that area.”

A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 12. The location has not been confirmed, but Cofield said it is likely to take place at the Albertville Primary and Elementary School campus. However, he cautioned all of that could change.

The council also discussed dissolving the Civitan Park Advisory Board, which has not actually been active in at least a decade, according to some, and changing the duties of the Recreation Board, which works with the Albertville Recreation Center. Council members want this board to serve in more of a visionary role instead of a day-to-day capacity like the current board description implies.

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More information: What are some of the proposed changes to Alabama 75. What are some of the planned relocation routes. Hopefully we are not going to bypass downtown Albertville.

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No mention of the big Cirrus air taxi that already flies into and out of Albertville? Wonder how the company will be able to compete with ImagineAir...

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