The Cracks - The
McKean County Commissioners are
continuing their renovations at
the Court House by seeking bids
on renewal of the "patio" at the
rear, second level approach to
the building. Time and weather
have taken a toll on the
Martha Knight Photo
Something to do?
Airport Multi-tenant To Open In Spring
LEWIS RUN—The multi-tenant center
(MTC) at Bradford Regional Airport will cost $2,359,141 by the time it is ready
for its first tenant to move in, about eight months from now, based on contracts
the airport authority authorized last Thursday.
That total is based on the sum of
four contracts, which include a number of alternates bid as deducts, and
includes enough interior finishing or “build-out” for the first unit, a 6,000
square-foot one, to be occupied. That could happen by March of 2012.
In fact, according to airport
manager Tom Frungillo, the lease details with the first tenant are being
The construction contracts
approved by the authority went to low bidders in all cases, all of whom were
said to be qualified according to “due diligence” by engineers from Lee-Simpson
Associates, DuBois, the authority’s engineering firm. and by North Central
Regional Planning and Development, by the Bradford Office of Economic and
Community Development, and some of the municipalities represented on the
authority. Also, all the contractors must furnish performance and other bonds.
Allison & Associates Construction
Services, Inc., DuBois, was successful bidder for general construction, with a
quotation of $1,692,941.19. There were nine bids in all.
The largest single component of
Allison’s part of the project will be a pre-engineered metal building, with
interior space totaling 30,000 square feet. That cost is listed as $819,195.
Also included in the Allison
contract are site preparation, excavation, drainage, seeding and mulching,
paving, curbing, concrete and masonry, sanitation and other items.
General construction will cost
some $300,000 less than the engineers’ estimate.
The general heating, ventilation
and air conditioning (HVAC) contract went to Mazza Mechanical Services, Inc. of
Olean, N.Y., at their quote of $145,000. Theirs was lowest among four companies’
bids, and slightly less than the engineers’ estimate of $150,000.
Scobell Company, Inc. of Erie won
the plumbing contract with a bid of $226,200, less than two other offers. This
low bid exceeded the engineers’ estimate of $185,000.
The electrical contract went to
Dave Kronenwetter, Kersey, who had bid $295,000, well within the estimate of
$416,603. There were six bidders for the electrical work.
When completed, the MTC will be
comprised of four units, two of them with 6,000 square feet of floor area, one
with 4,000, and one with 14,000.
A per-square-foot number of $5 is
being used to derive rough projections of the potential income the facility will
generate. Fully tenanted, the facility could produce around $150,000 in gross
rental income annually, according to Frungillo.
The creation of the MTC is a major
part of the authority’s long-range plan for use and expansion of the facility.
Businesses in the MTC will help drive airport use.
Airport manager Tom Frungillo
points out that business development at the airport site is not seen a competing
with Bradford or other area communities for commercial development, because its
attractions are closely linked to its proximity to the airport.
The airport authority also
approved a contract with Solveson Contracting, Inc., Emporium, for obstruction
removal on Runway 23. Solveson’s $132,275 bid was lowest of four received.
Engineers had estimated the work could cost $168,000.
The authority’s vote to enter into
a contract with Solveson was made contingent on the passage of a federal
reauthorization bill keeping the federal funding in place. The federal airport
safety program would reimburse 95 percent of the cost, with the state
contributing 2.5 percent and the airport providing the last 2.5 percent.
The MTC bids were opened June 17,
and the runway work bid was opened July 11.
At last week’s regular meeting
Frungillo reported on various operations and on the financial status of the
airport, said to be holding its own and within budget targets.
Frungillo also gave his assessment
of the latest talk of cuts in the federal Essential Air Service program, which
subsidizes commercial air service in rural airports deemed necessary because the
closest alternative airports for the service area are too distant.
U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., has
introduced an extension to the authorizing program which would strike 10 rural
airports from the list.
At issue is the distance to the
alternative airport. As Frungillo noted, “They are picking Bradford” as the
point from which the measurement, in land miles, is taken. This results in a
90-mile distance, making Buffalo a reasonable alternative. But from airport to
airport is 93 miles. A different beginning point within the service area could
result in a different finding as to essential status.
As chairman Joe DeMott pointed
out, Bradford Regional Airport serves multiple counties, and a sprawling
geographical territory. It is not reasonable to assume Bradford, or even McKean
County, is the beginning point of a putative drive to the nearest airport,
Frungillo agreed that picking
DuBois or Emporium or even Lewis Run, the airport’s official address, would
result in another finding. Ridgway is 124 miles from an alternative airport,
Warren is 96. The 90-mile conclusion is arbitrary and meaningless, authority
Frungillo noted that the subsidy
money comes from user fees, not taxpayer dollars. He was somewhat reassured to
see that a draconian version of the extension authorization did not get through
the Rules Committee.
“I have been in constant contact
with the committee,” Frungillo said. Also, he had been assured by Senator Jay
Rockefeller, on a key aviation committee, of continued support for maintaining
commercial air service for rural populations such as his West Virginia
Authority members approved an
easement for Penelec, and okayed an EDA special condition for a subdivision.
Following the special session and
the regular one, both open, the authority reconvened in a closed executive
Authority members went into
executive (closed) session after their regular meeting, to discuss with
Lee-Simpson representatives the scope of and fees for upcoming engineering work.
The August meeting of the airport
authority will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 11 instead of the regular
second Wednesday date of August 10.
Commissioners Approve Payments,
By Martha Knight
SMETHPORT—The McKean County Commissioners breezed through a short
agenda Tuesday morning, with not much
business having accumulated since their
meeting last week. That session had been
delayed one week because the
commissioners had been away.
The three did approve letters of agreement, letters of
understanding, resource family
appointments, purchase of service
agreements and mental health-mental
retardation (MH/MR) agreement extensions
as requested by the Department of Human
Services (including Children and Youth
Showing up in four places on the list was Bradford area based
Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems.
Commissioners approved payment of $4,800 to Northwest Engineering,
Inc., in the latest of payments for
services rendered in connection with the
Galico Bridge project.
Also authorized was payment of $27,932 to the Area Transportation
Authority for the medical assistance
transportation program, representing the
county’s obligation for the third
quarter of fiscal 2010-11.
Commissioner chairman Joe DeMott and fellow board of county
commissioners members Al Pingie and Judy
Church said they had decided not to
advertise and sell the older model
tractor the county owns and had
considered surplus equipment. Since last
week’s meeting they have realized that
the “older model” tractor is still
useful for programs and projects the
county carries out or cooperates with,
such as the Good Growing Gardens
community service project at the old
Poor Farm, and work at the county
Still on track is the restoration of the “patio” at the rear
approach to the Court House.
Specifications for that and the
reroofing of the Poor Farm barn have
been readied so the commissioners can
Commissioners said the new venetian blinds purchased for the Court
House will be installed in coming days,
with the vendor’s installation advisor
to be on hand while director of
maintenance Ken Bush’s crew install the
At the beginning of the session, commissioner Church stated that
the commissioners offer their
condolences to the family of Kenneth R.
Van Giesen, 30, the former resident of
Kane who died last Monday of injuries
sustained in the course of his military
service in Afghanistan. Van Giesen was
in his fourth active duty tour with the
A letter will be sent to the bereaved family conveying the
Wilds Outdoor Discover Map Now Available
Pennsylvania Wilds Outdoor Discovery Map
is now available through the Allegheny
National Forest Visitors Bureau at no
is a regional effort of the Pennsylvania
Wilds to promote tourism and recreation
in the area. The Pennsylvania Wilds is a
12-county tourist organization that
consists of McKean, Clinton, Clearfield,
Cameron, Clarion, Forest, Elk,
Jefferson, Potter, Tioga, Lycoming and
Warren counties. The Allegheny National
Forest Visitors Bureau is the official
destination marketing organization for
addition to a sizeable foldout map,
there is also information on local
attractions, trails, state parks, state
forests and the Allegheny National
Forest. In addition, the map highlights
fishing, scenic overlooks, wildlife
watching and canoeing and kayaking
areas. General tourism-related and
contact information is listed for a
variety of agencies, making this a
convenient travel resource for the
maps are available by calling
800-473-9370 or e-mailing
addition, tourism information supplies
for individuals or businesses may be
picked up at the ANF Visitors Bureau
Welcome Center located at 80 E. Corydon
Street, Bradford, which is open daily
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through