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Airport authority looking into cost of court move

WINTERSVILLE — The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority is looking into possible renovations at the building located at 251 Airport Drive that could accommodate Wintersville county court.

According to minutes provided by the airport authority from its Feb. 8 meeting, the topic was raised by board President Brandon Reese, who told members he had a discussion with Judge Michael C. Bednar regarding the potential relocation of the court from its present location at 30 Talbott Drive.

The minutes noted the renovations needed before the court could move into the space could possibly cost as much as $200,000.

The board then discussed whether or not it was feasible to spend that much money to renovate the building to house the court, the minutes said.

The board agreed to form a committee consisting of Reese, board member Geno Morelli and former county Commissioner Tom Gentile to explore the feasibility of the potential renovations.

Also at the Feb. 8 meeting, board members discussed ongoing projects with Lance Wanamaker of Michael Baker International, a consultant for the airport authority.

Board members learned that the Runway 32 precision path indicator replacement was 100 percent completed and a successful flight check had been conducted on Jan. 30. Turf restoration will be completed when the weather allows.

The board approved payment of $46,787.50 to Jess Howard Electric Co. for the work.

The report said tree clearing for an automated weather observing system will be completed by March 15.

Members of the board also learned that design is underway on the Taxiway A reconstruction project. They decided the project should include two entrances to the taxiway from the apron.

An update was presented on the hangar construction project, estimated to cost $454,000. Board member Geary Bates and board Vice President Richard Stenzel, the building committee, told the board the project is “progressing”and the building is anticipated to arrive in June.

Phil Bender, participating in the meeting by phone, thanked the board for the airport staff’s efforts to keep the runways cleared of ice and snow this winter.

The board meets again on March 8.

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