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Contract Awarded to Build Terminal

Posted on 7/23/2010

The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority awarded a construction contract for a terminal addition and renovation to Wick Construction of Valley City, N.D., Thursday.

The award is contingent on the completion of Federal Aviation Administration grants currently under review.

"I'm sure you all heard the bad news that the bids were about $400,000 over estimates," said Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. "But the good news is the FAA found us an extra $300,000."

Total cost of the project is just over $2.1 million. About $1.6 million will come from the federal government and $251,000 from the state, Aldinger said. The remaining $284,000 would be local funds from the airport.

Previous projections had included a combined federal and state contribution of about $1.5 million to $1.6 million.

"We started looking at a USDA loan but determined a bank loan with a USDA guarantee is a better deal," said Jim Boyd, chairman of the board. "We won't borrow the money until next spring but we'll arrange the loan now on a ‘not to exceed' arrangement."

The decision comes after nearly a year of debate on the terminal project. The project was expanded after originally being discussed as a $1 million addition to the existing terminal. The current design includes a 6,000-square-foot addition that will serve as the passenger portion of the building. The current terminal building will be remodeled for use as administrative offices.

Aldinger said he anticipates the FAA grant will be finalized in August with construction slated to begin in September. Completion of the project is slated for summer 2011.

Before the meeting began the board took a 10 minute break for cake and ice cream in honor of longtime board member Johnny Klingenberg, who retired from the board. He received framed letters of commendation from Gov. John Hoeven, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Mayor Katie Andersen.

Two new members were recognized by the board. Anderson takes the seat vacated by Kelani Pariesien as the Jamestown City Council representative and Wayne Mathson joins as a replacement for Klingenberg. Mathson has had a long-term interest in aviation and served four years in the U.S. Air Force before working with Pioneer Plumbing for the past 30 years.

With the two new members in place, the board held the election of officers that had been delayed until the new members were seated. Boyd was elected chairman unanimously when no one else was nominated. Dennis Nelson was elected vice-chairman on a 4-3 vote over Katie Andersen.

The board also authorized a pay raise of 2 percent for Andrew Schneider, airport manager. The motion for the raise passed on a 6-1 vote with Nelson opposing. The action came after a discussion of an employee review of Schneider by the board that found him with an overall passing rating but a deficient rating in interpersonal relationships.

The board approved revisiting the review in six months.

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

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