WARSAW — The Board of Aviation Commissioners reinstated two of its board members and discussed a roof project for the airport’s terminal building during its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Mayor Joe Thallemer was present at the meeting to swear in both Dan Robinson and John Yingling for another four-year term as aviation commissioners.
Thallemer thanked Robinson and Yingling for continuing to serve on the board.
“A good, experienced board really does make all the difference,” said Thallemer.
The board also voted to keep its officers in the same positions for the 2019 year. That includes Jay Rigdon as president, John Yingling as vice-president and Gene Zale as secretary.
During the meeting, Airport Manager Nick King presented the board with two quotes for roof replacement work at the airport’s terminal building. The building’s roof is to be replaced with a tapered flat roof of similar construction, with the mansards of the terminal building also set to be replaced with a steel roof product. The roof is in need of emergency replacement due to water and wind damage.
On Dec. 14, 2018, King opened quotes from Royalty Roofing and Centermark Company. Royalty Roofing estimated the entire project at $39,538, while Centermark Company estimated it at $64,079. King told the board that the quote for Royalty Roofing includes a 15-year warranty and also discussed the difference between warranty prices for the two companies. King recommended the board consider Royalty Roofing to complete the work.
The board voted for Royalty Roofing to complete the work and approved the company’s quote for the project.
In other business, Ken Ross of NGC Aviation Consultants provided updates to the board on upcoming projects. On Dec. 12, Gary Wilson, an FAA representative, contacted Ross about the power line lowering project. He said that the air space process of the project has started. Wilson recently contacted Ross to inform him that further progress may be delayed due to the government shutdown. Wilson said two branches of the FAA are currently affected by the shutdown.
Ross also discussed the 2019 capital improvement plan for the airport, emphasizing the importance of the power line lowering and Runway 1836 rehabilitation projects. The board authorized permission for Rigdon to sign the plan.
Toward the end of the meeting, King asked the board about an airport land lease project. The project first began a couple years ago, with John Yingling and the late Charlie Smith volunteering to help. A small committee including two board members, King, and tenants would work together on the project, which is set to continue this year. Board member Dan Robinson volunteered to help Yingling and King with the project.
Robinson also asked King about de-icing equipment for aircraft. King said the airport is researching options on new equipment, adding that he hopes the de-icing project will be ready to go by winter of this year.
“We just want to make sure we do all the research that we need to,” said King.
The board’s next meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.