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Aviation fuel station approved

Airport-controlled facility to cost $4 million or more

A new multimillion dollar aviation fuel station is in the works for Fort Wayne International Airport.

Members of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority board approved a deal Monday with RW Armstrong engineering out of Indianapolis to design the new station.

The final design plans are not to exceed $500,000, said Craig Williams, director of operations and facilities.

The construction of the fueling station could run between $4 million and $5 million, although there would be no way to know the exact cost until the design is finished, Williams said.

Airport officials want a fuel station over which they have direct control, Williams said. Currently, the airport uses a fuel farm owned by Atlantic Aviation located on the west side of the airport.

Williams said he expects the design and contracts to be finalized yet this year.

The airport will use local dollars for the new station since it is not eligible for any federal funding, said Scott Hinderman, executive director of the airport.

In other business:

•The board approved a contract with Republic Parking System, of Chattanooga, Tenn., to take over the management of the public parking area at the airport. Republic will replace Standard Parking, which has held the contract for 45 years. Republic, Standard and ABM Parking Services were the three finalists of six bids for the possible five-year contract.– three guaranteed years plus two one-year extensions, said Robin Strasser, the airport’s director of administration and finance.

Republic Parking won the bid with management fees of $84,259 over the initial three-year period, while Standard came in at $92,269 and ABM Parking Services $92,727.

Robert Reiser, a representative of Standard Parking, said his company had “had a 45-year sound run” with the airport, and he was surprised to be notified Friday night that the airport was going to make a change “for the sake of change.”

Airport Authority board president Michael Gouloff said that was not true.

“We have a very specific (bid) process,” Gouloff said, before telling Reiser his company was welcome to return in three years and submit another bid.

Two attendants in the public parking area verified that they would be losing their jobs when the contract takes effect Oct. 1, but would not comment further.

•Board members also approved a bid for a new architectural firm that will replace Martin Riley, which has held the contract for 18 years. Hoch Associates, Fort Wayne, was awarded the one-year renewable contract, which is effective Aug. 1. The board received eight bids for the position.