Taxi-lane project, Hardwick Field updates given Airport Authority
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority received updates on various projects at the Cleveland Regional Jetport during a meeting Friday.

Jetport director of operations Mark Fidler said eight contractors attended a pre-bid meeting for the southside taxi-lane project. Five of these were prime contractors, he said.

“We should get some competitive bids for the project,” Fidler said.

The project will open up additional space for corporate hangars on the site.

Progress with a justification study has stalled because the Tennessee Department of Transportation has not responded with the form, which should be used for the study information.

Fidler said a new form had been adopted and it was uncertain whether the form would be changed to the original or not. The issue stems from changes in Washington, D.C., and Memphis offices of the Federal Aviation Administration.

As the Jetport further develops , sale of the Hardwick Field Airport is scheduled for next week.

Board member Verrill Norwood said things were progressing in preparations for the Thursday auction of Hardwick Field. FAA approval to close the sale still has not been given by the Memphis office.

The Airport Authority has been given approval to sell the airport.

Norwood said if approval to close the sale had not been approved by the auction date a clause will be included in the final contract saying the bid will be held until FAA final approval. The auction company working with the airport authority to sell the airfield told Norwood they had an “excellent response” to advertising so far.

The response to the Gotham Car event announcements have also brought good response. Fidler said 130 people have completed the online registration.

The event will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday giving local residents the opportunity to drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini for a fee.

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Updates were also given on possible revisions to the fixed base operator contract.

Board member Lynn DeVault said she, Fidler and Taylor Newman of fixed-base operator Crystal Air developed a checklist to ensure various contract requirements were being met. The group is also looking at revising the contract to bring it in line with current situations.

She said the revisions will be complete by June 25.

The contract is up for renewal in September.

The board was also notified that a proposed sign for the jetport could be partially paid for with a maintenance reimbursement grant from the state.

Fidler said it would be a 50 percent reimbursement. The sign is being estimated to cost $9,200 with additional cost for stonework.

Fidler said he is still getting estimates on the stonework.

A vote on the jetport’s winter plan was delayed so that it could be further reviewed by board.

Board chairman Lou Patten asked that the possible designs for the sign be reviewed at the next meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 27 at 9 a.m. in the Cleveland Municipal Building.