St. Clair County officials on Monday approved a contract about $ 257,000 above the lowest bid for firefighting and security services at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.
The Public Building Commission, which oversees Mascoutah Airport, had previously considered a contract that was roughly $ 1 million higher than the lowest bidder.
Details of the differences between the proposed $ 1.8 million annual contract with Virginia-based Avports LLC and the one unanimously approved for approximately $ 1.1 million with Avports were not discussed by members. of the Board of Directors at the Public Building Commission meeting on Monday.
Airport manager Bryan Johnson could not be reached for comment after the meeting on the differences in the contract.
During the meeting, Johnson told members of the commission’s board that negotiations had taken place with Avports.
âThis is something that we have worked long and hard on,â Johnson told Commissioners.
Johnson said changes at the airport include the new Boeing drone plant under construction and the planned extension of the MetroLink system at the airport. And the changes call for “enhanced security” at the airport, Johnson said.
Johnson also told board members he expects passenger numbers at the airport to be a new record and construction work on the terminal extension to continue.
Avports will provide the airport security and emergency response team effective June 1 and the contract provides that Avports will provide the services for five years.
Johnson said the contract with Avports will provide emergency response, airport operating area inspections, airport fire inspections, rescue and firefighting operations, as well as airport operations and security services, which are required by the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and the state.
The Public Building Commission was originally scheduled to vote on Avport’s offer at last month’s board meeting, but Johnson requested a postponement of the vote citing contract changes, including the ability to add more positions and change schedules.
The lowest bid came from Wisconsin-based Pro-Tec Fire Services, which has held the firefighting and security contract at MidAmerica since 2008. Its bid was $ 842,500.
Johnson said Avports’ offering is “right in the stadium when you compare all the services … and all the competition.”
The Public Buildings Commission voted on Monday to increase daily parking fees, but also to increase the length of time that airport visitors can park for free.
The daily fee will drop from $ 8 per day to $ 9 on January 1.
However, visitors will be able to park for free for up to three hours.
Currently, visitors can only park for free for a maximum of one hour.
Johnson said the extra free time would allow visitors to comfortably enter the terminal to purchase plane tickets and not have to worry about paying for parking.
The Board of Directors approved a contract change of $ 906,000 on a consultant agreement with CMT. This construction phase service work includes construction observation of the terminal expansion project.
This story was originally published 23 November 2021 5:00 a.m.