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Airport Reviews Costs, Funding For Project

Posted on 11/19/2009

Airport reviews costs, funding for project

The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority received a review of the costs and funding availability for its proposed terminal expansion during its regular meeting Wednesday. Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, said the proposed cost of the building is still on track.
By: Keith Norman, The Jamestown Sun

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NextThe Jamestown Regional Airport Authority received a review of the costs and funding availability for its proposed terminal expansion during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, said the proposed cost of the building is still on track.

"It is still designed to be a $1.5 million building," he said. "That does not include furnishing or engineering work."

Aldinger said total cost estimates were about $1.8 million. Federal funding for the project would be available but over a number of years.

"We have $592,000 available in 2010," he said, "$210,000 in 2011 and $368,000 available in both 2012 and 2013."

Each year's funding is dependent on annual federal appropriations.

"None of the money is guaranteed," Aldinger said. "And once you start the project you're committed to finish it even if the federal funding ends. If you start this project and three years from now there is no federal money you have to complete the project or pay back the federal money taken on the project so far."

The board reviewed architectural designs but took no action on the project.

In other action the board heard a request from Jon Cave of First Class Aviation to sell or lease a hanger to Steve Koehn.

Koehn said he operates a transportation and snow removal business and would use the hanger for equipment storage.

"I sympathize with the First Class aviation in not wanting to own a building sitting empty," said Andrew Schneider, airport manager. "But FAA rules prohibit leases of buildings on an airport for non-aeronautical activity."

Cave said the building in question had sat vacant for a number of years and had most recently been used by FedEx. Cave also deferred the request after the questions were raised by the board.

Tom Merrick, airport authority attorney, announced he was resigning his position with the authority effective at the end of this year. Merrick was appointed to a judgeship for Southeast District Court by Gov. John Hoeven early this month.

Merrick recommended Leo Ryan as his replacement.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at (701) 952-8452 or by e-mail at

knorman@jamestownsun.com