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MidAmerica Airport picks company to run parking lot; price to park not yet determined

Passengers react to the idea of paying to park at Mid-America Airport

MidAmerica Airport will begin charging for parking in 2018.
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MidAmerica Airport will begin charging for parking in 2018.

The St. Clair County Public Building Commission has selected an operator for MidAmerica Airport’s parking and revenue control system for when parking at the county-owned facility is no longer free.

Republic Parking System, which works with many airports that have Allegiant as a passenger carrier, will help guide MidAmerica through the process of going from a free parking lot to a paid parking lot.

However, a price for parking has yet to be determined, said Airport Director Tim Cantwell. The parking system is expected to be in place by April 1.

“We’ll use guidance from Republic in how and where we go,” Cantwell said.

The contract with Republic Parking, which is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee still needs to be finalized.

“We’ve been a partner with airports that are going through the transition that you’re going through several times,” said Don Barrett, senior vice president for Republic. “We understand community outreach is very important to you guys. We want to do everything we can to make it a smooth transition.”

The commission also on Thursday approved Cantwell’s annual performance award. This year he is receiving $23,607.90.

In 2017 there were 122,158 passengers who originated from MidAmerica, which accounts for $17,607.90 of the bonus. He also received a $6,000 bonus for entering into two new contracts with tenants at the airport.

“He’s got an attitude second to none ... and his staff is as good as they get,” said Commissioner Dan Polites. “I’d like to thank the airport director and his staff. We are in the best hands possible.”

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter