Wilmington Air Park to see new systems, equipment


Port authority purchases cameras, servers, antennas

By Nathan Kraatz - [email protected]



From left, Clinton County Port Authority board member Larry Laake, board president Walt Rowsey and executive director Dan Evers review Thursday’s agenda.


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The port also:

• Authorized an agreement with CHA Consulting Inc., which merged with R.W. Armstrong & Associates, for engineering assistance and consulting. The port had an agreement with the former company for consultation services. Evers said the port uses CHA Consulting for several projects and it has institutional knowledge of the airpark, and he said the agreement allows the port to continue to solicit CHA Consulting’s aid.

• Cancelled its July meeting.

• Met in executive session to hold a conference with an attorney concerning disputes involving the port that are subject of pending or imminent court action as well as to discuss information that is not a public record.

• Declared 10 trash can lids as having no value in order to give it to the Wilmington Parks and Recreation Department.

WILMINGTON — The Clinton County Port Authority, which owns the Wilmington Air Park, authorized the purchase of various pieces of equipment for air park security and operations on Thursday during its rescheduled meeting.

Two resolutions approved Thursday authorized the purchase of two cameras and two servers for the port’s security systems.

The cameras, not to exceed $13,000 and to be purchased from Reddy Electric, will replace two malfunctioning cameras responsible for maintaining safety at the airpark’s active runway.

The servers are to replace aging servers and allow the security system to record security data. They are not to exceed $12,000 and will be provided by Gov Connection.

Both expenditures are expected to complement a future, comprehensive upgrade of the airpark’s security system, according to Dan Evers, the executive director for the port.

“We did not, at any point, anticipate that being a single source solution,” Evers said. “We always anticipated because of the nature of the technology that we would purchase a server compatible with the camera system and vice versa.”

Port board member Brent Probasco asked if the port should expect a software change to take advantage of the new system, and Evers said the port’s staff does anticipate buying new software.

The port also authorized providing notice for bids for concrete work at the air park, $183,083 of which will be funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation. The port will commit no more than $60,000 to the project.

The port also authorized costs related to the installation of 20 recently purchased LPD antennas and support components from Thales Defense & Security.

Thales Air Traffic Management U.S. would install the antenna at a cost not to exceed $38,000.

Those antennas would allow the airpark to eventually upgrade its landing certification to CAT III, allowing landings when visual range is reduced.

Finally, the port also authorized $15,000 in expenses to have LGSTX Services, an airpark tenant that also operates the airpark, redesign and repaint part of the airpark’s apron.

Port authority board member Brian Smith was absent.

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From left, Clinton County Port Authority board member Larry Laake, board president Walt Rowsey and executive director Dan Evers review Thursday’s agenda.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_DSC_0430.jpgFrom left, Clinton County Port Authority board member Larry Laake, board president Walt Rowsey and executive director Dan Evers review Thursday’s agenda. Nathan Kraatz | Wilmington News Journal
Port authority purchases cameras, servers, antennas

By Nathan Kraatz

[email protected]

The port also:

• Authorized an agreement with CHA Consulting Inc., which merged with R.W. Armstrong & Associates, for engineering assistance and consulting. The port had an agreement with the former company for consultation services. Evers said the port uses CHA Consulting for several projects and it has institutional knowledge of the airpark, and he said the agreement allows the port to continue to solicit CHA Consulting’s aid.

• Cancelled its July meeting.

• Met in executive session to hold a conference with an attorney concerning disputes involving the port that are subject of pending or imminent court action as well as to discuss information that is not a public record.

• Declared 10 trash can lids as having no value in order to give it to the Wilmington Parks and Recreation Department.

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