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Airport to expand parking lot

by Tom LaVenture

Posted on 6/16/2016

Jamestown Regional Airport will extend its parking lot to add 51 parking spaces.

The Airport Authority approved a 51-space option over a 26-space option Wednesday. The additional spaces will be an extension on the southeast side of the existing parking lot.

The 4-0 unanimous decision followed a report from Steve Aldinger, an engineer with Interstate Engineering. Airport Authority Vice Chairman Jeff Wilhelm and board members Trent Sletto and Keith Veil were not present.

The project will scrape away topsoil and add aggregate and allows for gravel or crushed asphalt covering as long as the total project cost does not exceed $10,000. Aldinger said there is possible federal funding to pave the lot in 2017.

"The situation is now that we need the parking and we can''t wait for federal funding," said Airport Authority member Brent Harris.

The goal is to have the new parking spaces ready by winter, said Sam Seafeldt, manager of the airport.

Seafeldt said there were 945 SkyWest passenger boardings in May. The updated estimates for June are 922 total boardings, which includes non-ticketed passengers such as off-duty airline employees, he said.

"Those are the seats already booked," Seafeldt said of the 922 boardings. "There is still half of the month to go for short-term booking."

For Jamestown Regional Airport to reach 10,000 boardings it would need to maintain an average 834 boardings for the next three months, Seafeldt said.

The Airport Authority voted 4-0 to direct the SkyWest leased negotiations committee to present the airline with a $50 per use jetway bridge fee to help offset costs of obtaining and costs. A 3 percent lease escalator increase for 2017 and 2018 was also requested, as was a late arrival or takeoff fee to offset overtime costs to the airport.

"This is consistent with other airports," said Airport Authority member Katie Andersen.

In other business, the Airport Authority unanimously approved:

*a $866,000 wetland mitigation construction bid award to Blue Stone Construction out of Sawyer, N.D.

*closing the engineering portion of the west taxi lane project with Interstate Engineering

*to contact wildlife hazard mitigation services to negotiate assessment costs

*bearings, seals and a fire barrier for the jetway bridge system canopy replacement not to exceed $6,000.

*change annual hay land tenant fee from $50 to $55 per acre.