On the record – Western Reserve Port Authority

WHAT: Board of Directors meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Director John Moliterno, board members Martin Loney, Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Covelli, Ron Klingle, Richard Edwards, Sterling Williams and Michael Welsh, Trumbull County Commissioners Frank Fuda, Mauro Cantalamessa and Daniel Polivka, and Mahoning County Commissioners David Ditzler, Carol Rimedio-Righetti and Anthony Traficanti.

The board:

• Welcomed new member Michael Welsh to the board.

l Passed a resolution in support of an application for a 2020 Community Development Block Grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Port Authority holds a 2019 CDBG in the amount of $50,000. The CDBG provides annual grants to local governments, according to HUD’s website;

• Closed a contract with Rock Builders Inc. for the completed renovations to the first floor and basement of the Harshman Building, 103 S. Champion St., Youngstown, at a cost of $619,202. The renovations were set back four-and-a-half months due to delays in lease approval from the State of Ohio, according to Anthony Trevena, Port Authority director of economic development. The time delay added $14,000 to the cost of restoring the building, according to Trevena. A key was handed over to Art Daly, vice president of Eastern Gateway Community College’s Youngstown Campus. EGCC will be occupying the whole building when renovation of the top floor is completed, said Trevena;

• Authorized negotiations regarding the lease of the cargo hangar at the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport to Brian Ross. Ross plans to turn the cargo bay into an aircraft hangar, according to Trevena;

• Approved adjustments for the annual budget that take into account costs related to the delay in renovating the Harshman building;

• Heard from Eastgate Regional Council of Governments that its 2019 annual meeting will take place 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. The meeting will focus on cleaning up and developing the Mahoning River and will feature speakers Tim Mayle, director of Findlay-Hancock Economic Development and Jason R. Kenyon, vice president of Wade Trim;

• Heard from the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber that the Columbus Drive In will be April 10 with a charter bus departing from a location to be determined in Ashtabula. Issues to be addressed during the one-day event at the Ohio Theatre include protecting and growing the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp Garfield, revitalizing the Mahoning River, and promoting additive manufacturing in the Mahoning Valley. The Washington, D.C., fly-in will be held June 19 to 20. Issues to be discussed include those that will be featured at the Columbus event, as well as attracting a missile defense site to Camp Garfield;

• Heard from port authority project Manager and Development engineer Randy Partika that night work to improve the lighting at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport will begin Monday and is expected to be completed by June 1. Partika also said design of Taxilane J1 at the airport is 75 percent complete and bids for that improvement project will be taken June 1.

• Heard from Port Authority Executive Director John Moliterno that the Air Power History Tour will be held at the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport June 26 to 30. A B-29 Superfortress FIFI bomber and other World War II aircraft will be available for the public to tour and ride;

• Heard from Moliterno the second annual 5k on the Runway will be 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 6. Moliterno said the event is a fundraiser for Base Community Council, and runners will get to go up the airport’s main runway and across the base.