Airport authority advances runway extension

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Airport Authority agreed Tuesday to recommend that county commissioners accept the sole bid for aggregates for the runway extension project.

The engineer’s estimate for the aggregates was $322,629. National Lime and Stone of Findlay bid the exact amount of the engineer’s estimate.

Bids for the paving work on the runway extension project are scheduled to be opened by the county commissioners on March 27.

The airport authority also agreed to enter into an agreement with the engineering firm Michael Baker of Pittsburgh to prepare a property inventory map as required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Local surveyor Vince Dowdle submitted a proposal totaling $8,015 but Michael Baker quoted a price of $23,748.

Gary Folden, airport authority secretary said Dowdle told the airport authority, he may not be able to complete the map as per FAA requirements. A Michael Baker representative told the airport authority the firm has experience in completing the FAA property inventory map and could have the job completed within 90 days.

Folden said the map is necessary for FAA projects and funding.

The airport authority also agreed to propose a $100 a month increase to STAT MedEvac for rent at the former terminal building. The medical helicopter company uses the building as its office and crew quarters.

Folden said the rent has been $1,300 a month for the past six years. The airport authority proposed renting a hangar for $100 a month to STAT MedEvac, which is no increase over the current agreement. STAT MedEvac also can rent a larger hangar for $50 a day, plus $25 a day for heat, in the event of bad weather for storage of its helicopter.

Authority members also agreed to send the FAA a request for action on a proposed gas and oil lease on airport authority.

Geary Bates, airport authority board member, has been working on a new gas and oil lease. Bates hired a Columbus law firm to review language in the lease at a cost of $2,980. Bates didn’t get prior board approval for hiring the law firm so the board Tuesday had to retroactively agree to pay the firm’s bill.