Port Authority renews director’s pact

WARREN — The Western Reserve Port Authority’s Board of Directors approved a new two-year contract for executive director John Moliterno at Wednesday’s meeting.

Moliterno’s salary will remain the same at approximately $100,000 annually. The board will increase its share of the contribution to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System to 7 percent, representing an estimated $7,000 contribution increase for Moliterno.

“I enjoy working to bring economic development to the area,” Moliterno said. “I’ve tried to restore the credibility and respect for the Port Authority.”

Martin Loney, a member of the port’s board of directors, said he was pleased with Moliterno’s efforts.

“You’ve done a very good job,” said Loney.

Loney said Moliterno had brought stability to the Port Authority and is working on a daily basis to bring an airline to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Allegiant Air ended service in January.

Moliterno said he is working with an Indiana-based consulting firm, Volaire Aviation, to find a new aviation director. Former director Dan Dickten left in April.

In other action, the Port Authority’s aviation committee announced it will reopen a two-week bidding process Friday to repair the lighting for the airport’s precision approach path indicator and to repair hold signs. The airport had previously opened the project to bids, but no bids were received.