Airport runway extension is discussed

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority decided Monday to ask the county commissioners to readvertise for bids for the aggregates and paving work on the runway extension project.

Cast and Baker Inc. of Coraopolis, Pa., has been doing the earthwork for the extension of the runway but changes to the scope of work resulted in the bids for aggregates and paving to be rescinded.

The Ohio Department of Development and the Ohio Department of Transportation each gave the county $750,000, with the county providing $500,000, for the runway extension.

Gary Folden, airport authority secretary, said the state agencies gave the county an extension to complete the work until May. Folden said the actual cost of the runway extension will exceed the $2 million available, but the airport authority has the extra money needed from an oil and gas lease on the airport property.

The company doing the electrical work, 5 D Enterprises of Kentucky, has agreed to hold its initial bid at $147,083 for the runway lighting, plus an additional $26,625 for the turnaround pad at the end of the runway, Folden said.

Jason Whanger, airport manager, gave the authority members an update on usage at the airport. He said the jet fuel sales at the airport went from 27,100 gallons in 2011 to 35,627 gallons in 2013. Landings and takeoffs went from 5,179 in 2011 to 6,973 in 2013.

Folden said the authority also agreed to send the Federal Aviation Administration paperwork for the 90 percent reimbursement of the snow removal vehicle. The FAA first will give the airport authority a partial payment in the amount of $141,497, to be followed by a final payment. The vehicle, which includes a plow, snow blower and broom, costs a total of $174,688.

The airport authority was planning to build a storage building for the snow removal vehicle but will delay it until the runway project is completed and the final bills are in, Folden said. The airport authority now will have to ask the FAA for permission to temporarily store the equipment in a hangar.

The authority also agreed to hire Robert D’Anniballe for legal services on a as-needed basis.

The authority agreed to begin charging a penalty to a company that had sold the authority a tank to be placed on a truck chassis for a fuel truck but has failed to deliver it. The airport authority purchased the tank in May for $89,000. The penalty will be $100 a day after Monday, Folden said.