Terminal work remains on schedule

The new passenger terminal building project remains on schedule to be operational by Oct. 1, Thomas Hart, executive director of the Williamsport Regional Airport, told the airport authority Thursday.

Hart said all vendor locations within the building are spoken for with the exception of “the second position for an airline at this point, and the concessionary.” The authority approved a request for proposal to begin the process of finding a concessionaire.

“The sooner I can get this out and get interested parties and maybe get a successful concessionaire, at least we could work a little bit with them and the architect and the contractors in getting an idea of how they would see the concessionary set up for their use,” he said.

Interior work is moving along and Hart expects the contractors will be able to continue working throughout the winter. He said all of the building steel has been erected, door frames are being installed and wood beams already have been installed.

“It’s going to be attractive, it really is,” he said.

In another matter, the authority approved its 2018 budget as well as its officers for the year. Christopher Logue will remain the chairman with Ats Welker as the vice chair, Bill Martin as the secretary, Frank Pellegrino as the treasurer and Ryan Tira as the assistant secretary and treasurer.

Hart said the budget is a standard one for the airport though there are some “unknowns” toward the end of the year due to the new terminal construction and the budget will be updated later in the year.

“It is a balanced budget,” Logue added. “We’re showing a small surplus.”

The committee assignments also were made and are as follows: the personnel committee includes Martin, Tira and Logue; the finance, insurance and leases committee includes Pellegrino, Tira and Rebecca Burke; the planning, building, field and security committee includes Martin, Welker and state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; and the marketing committee includes Burke, Everett and Pellegrino.

In other business, the authority:

• Authorized a special meeting to be held at noon on Jan. 30 to open and accept bid for the fuel farm relocation project. Contracts regarding making Eck Lane an emergency right of way also may be approved at that time.

• Approved the following payments using federal grant money in respect to the runway rehabilitation project: $260,241 to Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. for general construction; $7,449 to Bronder Technical Services Inc. for electrical; $129,814 to HRI Inc. for runway rehabilitation; $96,967 to Hawbaker for general construction; $153,144 to Bronder for electrical; and $58,894 to Bronder for relocating the electrical vault.

• Approved the following payments using a mix of federal, state and local funds in respect to the new terminal: $837,757 to Lobar Inc. and $62,784 to LTS Plumbing and Heating.