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Board authorizes contract signing

Posted on 10/14/2008

The Jamestown Sun

The Jamestown Regional Airport Board Authority authorized its chairman, Johnny Klingenberg, and vice chairman, Jim Boyd, to operate on behalf of the full board in signing engineering contracts on two projects slated for 2009 and beyond during its regular meeting Monday night.

The action became necessary when Congress extended some Federal Aviation Administration programs for six months rather than funding them in full for the current federal fiscal year, said Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering.

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"In order to include the project in 2009 it has to be bid by the end of 2008," he said. "Once the funding is secure with the FAA we need to be able to move ahead immediately with design and engineering work."

Boyd and Klingenberg were authorized to enter into contracts for engineering of a runway project to a maximum amount of $67,000. They were also authorized to enter into design and engineering contracts for the construction of a terminal building not to exceed $349,000.

Total estimated construction cost of the runway project, planned for summer 2009, is $640,000 and includes crack sealing, applying a rejuvenating oil and repainting all runways and taxiways at the airport.

The terminal design and engineering contract, to be performed in 2009, is based on a $2 million terminal project constructed in either 2010 or 2011.

In other business the board requested more information concerning a proposal from Sixel Consulting Group. Sixel is proposing to serve as a consultant and lobbyist for North Dakota airports during Northwest Airlines merger with Delta Airlines.

The board also heard a report from Andrew Schneider, airport manager, on a new promotion. The airport will solicit comments and entries with a final drawing where a winner will receive a $600 travel voucher to be used at any of the travel agencies in Jamestown.

Board members were also informed that Fed Ex will cease operations at the airport at the end of October.

"It was a business decision on their part," Schneider said. "They reassured us there was nothing anyone in Jamestown could have done to change the situation."

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at

(701) 952-8452 or by e-mail at knorman@jamestownsun.com