Airport ponders Claridge cases

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

BERRYVILLE -- A bid for shades to block out the searing sun was considered by members of the Carroll County Airport Commission when they met for their monthly meeting last Thursday.

Also debated was a display cabinet proposal to house the extraordinary model airplane collection the commission has been offered -- if the collection can be properly displayed and protected.

Appearing before the commission was Toni Rose, with New Legacy business products, who said she had met with Airport Manager Shelia Evans previously to discuss display cabinet options.

She suggested cabinets manufactured by Claridge, a Harrison based business, and proposed two models for the commissioners to consider. Both were lit, free-standing locking cases standing 78 inches high and featuring glass on all four sides. One had storage in its base and the other didn't. She also proposed placing one or more between the lounge and kitchen areas as a divider in the terminal.

Commission Chairman Dave Teigen said he preferred the model with storage, and he liked the idea of freestanding units to use as a divider to allow them more flexibility.

Two cases with added shelves, they guessed, would accommodate most of the model airplanes that have been valued at $55,000 or more.

Compared to a quote for cabinets from the state prison system, the commissioners decided to pursue the purchase of Claridge cabinets.

Rose said the list price for the model they selected was $5,610 but the "negotiated" price was $2,841, plus a $155 freight fee, unless they haul it themselves.

The commissioners decided to look for funding and to measure the model airplanes to see how many can be placed in each cabinet.

They also considered a bid for blinds from Rose, who quoted $3,800 for the installation of Solar Shades and accompanying valances to cover all the glass at the south end of the terminal. The price, she said, was for a dark grey fine mesh that allows a view but reduces UV rays by 97 percent. She also noted there was no mark-up on her end. Commissioners wanted to know the product's life expectancy and to see a sample before proceeding.

In other business, the commissioners welcomed Heath Worley as a new commissioner. The life-long Carroll County resident who has worked on airport property as a foreman and equipment operator with Heavy Constructors, said he lives about four miles south of the airport on a small farm with his wife, and he's always had an interest in the airport and obtaining his pilots license. He is filling a vacancy that was created when Bill Batson decided not to seek another seven-year term when his expired the first of the year.

Commission Chairman Teigen announced that the eight-year-long effort to buy back a 99-year lease was completed this past Tuesday when the buyout was "signed, sealed and delivered."

Dan Clinton presented his monthly report and received the go-ahead to seek bids for the construction of eight new hangers.

The commission is set to meet again at noon on Thursday, April 12, at the Carroll County Airport Terminal.

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