Metro-East News

St. Clair commission approves airport materials contracts

The St. Clair County Public Building Commission on Thursday approved a contract with All States Coating to provide airfield paint, and Potter Industries to provide reflective glass beads for MidAmerica Airport.

The glass beads are used along runways as a safety measure.

“The airport maintains airfield markings in house and regularly requests bids for the least costly materials to maintain these markings,” according to an airport memo to commissioners.

Commissioners approved three-year contracts with All States Coatings, out of Gladwater, Texas, to provide airfield paint for about $8,300 a year, and Potter Industries out of Valley Forge, Penn., to provide reflective glass beads for about $17,000 a year. The contracts include options for two one-year extensions.

Airport crews update the markings around the airfield in a three-year cycle, Cantwell said.

“We make sure we do it every three years in all the places (of the airfield) because of weather,” said Tim Cantwell, airport director.

According to airport documents, there were three bids for the paint contract, and three bids for the reflective glass beads contract. The purchases aren’t expected to be made until next year, Cantwell said.

Growing passenger usage

MidAmerica projects it will have 150,000 passengers go in and out of the terminal by the end of the year, more than doubling the roughly 70,000 passengers that went through the terminal last year, Cantwell said on Thursday.

“That’s due to seasonal increase in services, targeted increase in services for Destin,” Cantwell said.

Through Wednesday, the airport had 57,272 passengers take a flight out of MidAmerica, and 56,705 people arrive at the airport this year, according to documents.

The numbers are expected to be higher next year Cantwell said, as seasonal flights to Jacksonville, Fla. and a third flight to Destin, Fla. by Allegiant Air are expected to start earlier in the year.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter