Malone given sendoff
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Feb 17, 2013 | 459 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gloria Malone
Gloria Malone is surrounded by family and friends Friday morning as PDC Consultants founding partner Mark Paslick congratulates her on her upcoming retirement. Malone joined the engineering firm in the role of administrative assistant following retirement from the city as assistant public works director on Dec. 31, 2009. PDC Consultants is the engineering firm charged with building the airport. Now that Cleveland Regional Jetport is open, she is leaving that position Feb. 28. Malone has been involved in building a new airport for about 40 years.  Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
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Gloria Malone is ending 40-plus years associated with the city of Cleveland as an employee and as an administrative assistant with the engineering firm that built Cleveland Regional Jetport.

Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority Vice Chairman Lou Patten presented Malone a plaque and PDC Consultants’ Mark Paslick presented her a gift Friday morning after the authority met in the conference room of the new airport.

CMAA members Patten, LeRoy Rymer and Mike McCoy were present. Chairman Lynn DeVault and member Verrill Norwood were absent.

Malone retired from the city on Dec. 31, 2009, as assistant public works director. She returned to the city as a special assistant and then went to work for PDC Consultants, the engineering firm in charge of building the airport. She will retire from working on the aviation facility altogether on Feb. 28.

“When I first started with the city, working on the airport is one of the first things I did,” she said. “I stayed with this project and I’m glad I did. It has been incredible and I’ve loved working on every aspect of it.”

Though she is retiring, she said, “I’ll be back out here. I’ll pester Mark (Airport Manager Mark Fidler). I’m thankful Mark came into our lives because he’s been incredible to work with.”

Malone described the airport as one that will greatly benefit the city and county.

In other business, CMAA board members discussed how and when Hardwick Field will be sold and intend to have answers to those and other questions at the next meeting on March 15. Notification of the sale must be advertised in the Federal Registry 30 days beforehand and the Federal Aviation Administration must approve the action. It is not clear how much control the airport authority will have over the timeline.

However, a Phase I environmental study is finished, but a value assessment is still needed. The old facility cannot be sold before it is closed on June 30.

Also, the airport authority accepted a bid from Eastern Aviation Fuel to provide aviation gas and jet fuel at Cleveland Regional Jetport. Other bids were submitted by Epic, Columbus, Ga.; Perry Brothers, Savannah, Ga., and World Fuel, Memphis.

Jetport Manager Mark Fidler said Eastern, of Panama City, Fla., was selected after analyzing product cost, truck leasing rate and credit card transaction rate, liability insurance and location of the sales representative in relation to Cleveland. Perry Brothers was second in all categories with the exception of the sales representative. The Eastern representative is Steve Johnson, Murfreesboro; while Cleveland resident Sheryl Jaggers represents Perry Brothers. The length of the contract is four years with a five-year extension option.

Airport authority members also approved a bid from Aviation Ground Equipment for a ground power unit. While the bid was not the lowest, it was deemed the best of three bids because of the equipment it offered for the piece of equipment with a lifespan of 20-plus years.

According to Fidler, Aviation Ground Equipment offered a unit manufactured by Hobart, a company that has served the aviation industry since 1946 when it introduced the first ground power unit. GPUs generate electrical power to airplanes setting on the apron. It can also be used to start jet engines. The user will be charged based on time or per engine start.

“Hobart units are renowned for the reliability and durability. Over 50,000 units are in operation in 105 companies on all seven continents,” he said. “The parts turnaround is one day on most orders and parts are locally available in Chattanooga and service center in Atlanta.”

The bids were received from Alliance Ground Power, $43,095; Carolina GSE, $50,500; and Aviation Ground Equipment, $59,825.

“While the Hobart brand unit is obviously more expensive than the products sold by Carolina GSE and Alliance Ground Power, my primary concern is the serviceability and reliability of this very important asset,” he said. “Technically, Hobart is the only manufacturer that met bid specifications.”