Metro-East News

St. Clair Public Building Commission approves increased MidAmerica Airport fuel purchases

The St. Clair County Public Building Commission on Thursday approved buying addtional jet fuel at MidAmerica Airport this year to sell to plane operators.

Previously, $1.5 million in fuel purchases was planned, but airport officials increased it to $2 million.

The fuel is then sold at retail prices to plane operators. This is the second time the airport increased its fuel purchases this year. It did so in July as aircraft operations increased over 2014 levels.

In 2014, the airport sold 625,000 gallons of fuel. So far this year it has sold 709,000 gallons of fuel, said Airport Director Tim Cantwell.

“I came back (three) months ago,” Cantwell said. “I did not know we were on such a fast pace.”

Flights have increased at the airport, including Allegiant Air’s plan to fly to Las Vegas twice a week starting next month.

Other action

▪  Billboard lease: Commissioners also approved a new agreement with Mid-America Advertising for two airport sites on the east side of Illinois 4, along Interstate 64.

Mid-America Advertising is a billboard company with an office in Collinsville. Under the five-year agreement, the airport would receive 30 percent of advertising revenue from each of the signs.

“That’s the plan to keep a five-year agreement going, just in case the outdoor sign market changes,” Cantwell said.

Previously the airport had a 10-year agreement, with a one-time payment, Cantwell said.

▪  Renovation change order: Recent renovations of restrooms at the St. Clair County Courthouse came in lower than expected. Commissioners approved a $103,000 reduction in the final renovation payment to Impact Strategies. The company carried out the project for $579,000, according to county documents.

Bathroom renovations at the former bank building at 19 Public Square, which houses the Health Department and Intergovernmental Grants Department, came in at $259,000, about $10,000 under the contract amount, according to county documents.

“We had a large contingency set in because we had a bunch of unknowns,” said Jim Brede, director of Buildings. “We didn’t know what we were getting into the walls. We got the project done. We didn’t find any big problems there.”

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter