Clinton County Port Authority authorizes leases


Both are temporary, at least for now

By Nathan Kraatz - [email protected]



From left, Clinton County Port Authority member Brian Smith, chair Walt Rowsey and Executive Director Dan Evers discuss various points of business at Thursday’s meeting of the port authority, which owns the Wilmington Air Park.


Nathan Kraatz | Wilmington News Journal

WILMINGTON — The Clinton County Port Authority authorized a building lease for six months to LGSTX Services as part of LGSTX’s ongoing work with Amazon as well as lease agreements with ABX Air and Air Transport International for area to place two mobile trailers for flight crews. Clinton County Port Authority Executive Director Dan Evers will negotiate the leases on behalf of the port authority, which owns the Wilmington Air Park.

“We are finalizing discussions relative to a short-term lease by the company [LGSTX],” said Evers, adding that the lease would initially be for six months with monthly renewal options after. “It’s our hope that at some point during the term of the initial lease, we’ll have the opportunity to engage in discussions to extend the engagement.”

Evers said the lease was an opportunity to continue doing business with LGSTX and see local employment as well as mitigate the costs of having the building empty.

At six months, the building lease is projected to bring in $64,000.

The ATI and ABX leases would be to place mobile trailers to house flight crew members.

“The solution is proposed as a temporary measure,” Evers said. “As we have a more definitive idea of volume, duration, schedule of air traffic, a permanent location option will be developed for these flight crews.”

The trailers would be adjacent to each other and would generate approximately $1,000.

LGSTX, ABX and ATI are subsidiary companies of Air Transport Services Group.

The port authority also:

• Approved an agreement with Parrish O’Neill/Old Republic Aerospace to provide $20 million of aviation-related coverage for $15,000 for one year.

• Approved an agreement with Identisys to provide badging materials for 3,000 badges. The cost isn’t expected to exceed $28,000 and fees are charged for badges to recoup those costs. The port currently has issued about 2,500 badges that need to be renewed as well. Evers said more badges could be acquired in the future, and Huber said the badges will integrate into the airpark’s security system.

• Approved an agreement with Expansion Solutions magazine to place three print ads and for other marketing, including a web ad and editorial content.

• Approved the purchase of $17,000 of navigational aids for landing instruments at the airpark.

• Met in executive session to hold a conference with an attorney concerning disputes of pending or imminent court action as well as to consider information that is not a public record, an exemption specific to port authorities.

• Recognized 2016 as the year of the economic developer and expressed gratitude to the International Economic Development Council for its contributions to economic development. “If we are doing what we’re supposed to do, we’re contributing, we’re helping, we’re facilitating and doing what we can do to make it possible,” Evers said. “The story of the comeback of this place specifically and this community broadly should be the foreword to every economic development manual because that is what it’s all about.”

Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext. 2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.

From left, Clinton County Port Authority member Brian Smith, chair Walt Rowsey and Executive Director Dan Evers discuss various points of business at Thursday’s meeting of the port authority, which owns the Wilmington Air Park.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0354.jpgFrom left, Clinton County Port Authority member Brian Smith, chair Walt Rowsey and Executive Director Dan Evers discuss various points of business at Thursday’s meeting of the port authority, which owns the Wilmington Air Park. Nathan Kraatz | Wilmington News Journal
Both are temporary, at least for now

By Nathan Kraatz

[email protected]

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