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DRA signs contract with Silver Airways
Friday, November 23, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
REYNOLDSVILLE - Clearfield and Jefferson Counties Regional Airport Authority said goodbye to a long-standing member and signed a new two-year contract with Silver Airways at Wednesday's rescheduled meeting.
Joel Peterson of Clearfield, who has represented Clearfield County on the authority since 2002, said he is no longer is able to give the position the time it requires.
Peterson has had an active career as an authority member. He served as board chairman from 2010-11, a member of the authority's executive committee and during his tenure on the authority numerous projects to better the DuBois Regional Airport were completed. These include the recouping of 100 percent funds owed to the airport by Gulfstream International Airlines (now Silver Airways) approximately two years ago when the company declared bankruptcy for the purpose of restructuring its debt and the sale of two parcels in the airport's air commerce park to Texas-based companies that are affiliated with natural gas extraction from the Marcellus and Utica shale layers, Cactus Wellhead and Orion Drilling Co.
Peterson thanked his fellow authority members and the airport's staff, Robert Shaffer, manager, and Trudy Garvey, secretary, for working with him and making his years as an authority member a pleasant experience. He also credited former board members for laying the foundation of several projects the authority was able to complete during his time of service including the exit on Interstate 80 and the airport access road.
The Clearfield County Commissioners recently appointed Judy Mitchell to a five-year term on the authority. She will be confirmed by the authority at its reorganizational meeting in January along with Jay Chamberlin, who will be confirmed for a five-year term representing Jefferson County.
The board finalized a two-year agreement with Silver Airways. The previous agreement for the company's contract as the DRA's essential air service provider expired Sept. 30. The new contract, which was also approved by SA, began Oct. 1 and expires Sept. 30, 2014. The pact calls for Silver to pay a 2 percent increase in terminal rentals including counter space and use of the baggage room and no change in rent for the hangar as the company helped with costs for a project to improve the heating system and no increase in the cost of landing fees.
In other business, the authority:
• heard Todd Arnold, authority member and a member of its nominating committee, say the committee was suggesting Jay Chamberlin continue as the authority's secretary/treasurer and Gene Mineweaser as assistant secretary/treasurer. If affirmed at the authority's January reorganizational meeting, each will serve two-year terms in the position.
• approved a change order for the administrative building renovation that would replace the aging exhaust system in its restroom at a cost of $2,160. The authority's share of the cost is 25 percent with the remainder paid with a grant from the state Department of Transportation's Bureau of Aviation.
• approved a change order for the site development project at the air commerce park on the site purchased by Orion Drilling Co., Corpus Christie, Texas. The cost is $67,074 for work that includes adding limestone over the top of the yard surrounding the building, concrete and labor to move a section of fence, extending a waterline 72 feet and a credit for eliminating slats on several vents.
• said it would approve the 2013 budget at the January meeting, as it is still waiting for information from Clearfield and Jefferson counties' commissioners concerning their financial allocations for next year.
The authority will not meet in December. Its next meeting is Jan. 25.
A reorganizational meeting will begin at 8:15 a.m. followed by the monthly business meeting at 8:30 a.m. Both meetings will be held in the airport terminal's conference room.
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