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Airport Terminal Delayed

Posted on 5/14/2009

Airport Authority postpones construction for other work
Keith Norman The Jamestown Sun
Published Thursday, May 14, 2009

While planning and engineering work will continue, the start date of construction on a new terminal at Jamestown Regional Airport is now planned for the spring of 2010.

The Jamestown Airport authority decided to delay construction at its meeting Wednesday.

"The Federal Aviation Administration is concerned if an airport is using all its money on a terminal when there are other issues," said Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. "We can push the terminal back a year and repair the runway shoulders and design the terminal this year."



John M. Steiner / The Sun The Jamestown Regional Airport building, shown Wednesday, would be remodeled to serve as administrative space under a plan to build an addition to the building to serve as a new passenger terminal.
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The asphalt shoulders of the crosswind runway at the airport are breaking up and were mentioned in a recent airport certification inspection.

"The worst case is it's getting bad enough that we can't sweep the shoulders," said Andy Schneider, airport manager. "An inspector could possibly close the runway to commercial traffic."

Removing the asphalt shoulders and replacing them with grass had been considered by the Airport Authority earlier with a decision to proceed if funding was available beyond funding needed for the terminal. The board action reversed that priority.

"Get the runway done and make sure the airport is safe," said John Klingenberg, chairman of the Airport Authority. "This also keeps the terminal project going."

Aldinger said the airport could apply for FAA money for the runway shoulders and the design and engineering work this year.

"We could have the terminal engineering work done by this fall and bid the project in the early spring of 2010," he said. "Construction could start at the start of the construction season."

The board will still need to work out a financing plan for the project, Klingenberg said.

The board also postponed questions from the architect concerning the flow of passengers through the building until a later meeting.

The board answered questions from Ben Meyer, local pilot.

"I question the clause in my lease that prohibits me from having a temporary mechanic work on my own planes in my own hangar," he said.

Aircraft hangars are owned by individuals who lease the ground the building is located on from the Airport Authority.

Klingenberg had prepared a resolution for the board's consideration to allow mechanics to work on aircraft in the hangars of the owners if they presented the airport manager with proof the mechanic was certified and employed by the aircraft owner.

The resolution was referred to legal counsel for review.

The board was also congratulated by Holzer on the number of boardings at the airport.

"There were 711 boardings at the Jamestown Airport during the first quarter of the year," Holzer said. "That is up 41 percent from last year and a 10-year high."

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at (701) 952-8452 or by e-mail at knorman@jamestownsun.com