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City considers airport contract

Published 8:57pm Friday, December 7, 2012

During its meeting Monday, Washington’s City Council is expected to tentatively award a contract for drainage rehabilitation at Warren Field Airport.
The $320,058.90 contract would go to Tri-State Utilities, which submitted a base bid of $218,238.90. Tri-State submitted the lowest of three bids received by the city. The city may opt to spend $101,830 to rehabilitate five additional pipes and associated improvements.
The city has $349,475 in grant funds and a 10-percent “match” that can be used for construction, construction administration and resident project representative series, according to the city’s airport engineers, Talbert & Bright.
The work includes repairs to storm drains under the primary runway (5-23) and taxiways B and C. A short section of storm-drain pipe near the airport’s tie-down area also will be repaired. Grates on some catch basins will be replaced.
The drainage work is among other project under way or planned for the airport, which is owned by the city.
Last month, the council tentatively awarded a $352,700 contract to Triangle Grading and Pavement for pavement rehabilitation to two runways and taxiways at city-owned Warren Field Airport. Repairs will be made to primary runway 5-23, secondary runway 17-35 and taxiways B and C.
Vision 100 grant funds from 2009, 2010 and 2011 and local “matching” funds (10 percent) will be used to help pay for the work. The city has $401,076 in such funds it may use toward the project.
The airport’s terminal building was destroyed July by a “gustnado,” according to the National Weather Service.
Last month, the city opted to rebuild the terminal, with the project cost estimated at a little more than $1 million.
The projected cost of the project includes $700,000 in construction costs, $150,000 for building design, $100,000 in building administration/inspection costs, $27,000 for a temporary terminal building (modular) and $97,700 in contingency funds, according to a document related to the project.
In addition to the $500,000 in state aid to airports from DOT’s aviation division, other funding sources for the project include two $150,000 grants and $274,700 from a partial insurance payout. The two Vision 100 grants, one for fiscal year 2012 and the other for fiscal year 2013, are grants the city receives on an annual basis to use for airport improvements.

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