ShareThis Page
Airport considers pair of leases |

Airport considers pair of leases

Joseph A. Hardy-Connellsville Airport officials are considering a pair of rental leases that will earn $1,250 a month, along with $10,000 worth of repairs to a 20-year-old beacon tower.

Washington Security Group, a Washington, D.C.-based defense contractor, will rent office space at the terminal building for $1,000 per month for an initial one-year term.

The Fayette County Airport Authority approved the lease agreement Tuesday, pending review by Airport Manager Sam Cortis and solicitor Mark Rowan.

“This is a lot simpler than renting a hangar,” Rowan said. “There are a lot less things that can go wrong.”

A second lease is under consideration for space atop a 100-foot tower on Chestnut Ridge.

Broadcasting Communication Inc. offered to repair the beacon tower and pay $250 per month to use it as a base for a 25,000-watt FM transmitter.

The tower was installed along with three others in the 1980s to mark the crest of the ridge. They were erected with a Federal Aviation Administration grant.

“All those towers are for us are huge poles with red lights on top,” Cortis said.

The lease agreement is pending a review of FAA and state Bureau of Aviation regulations.

Broadcasting Communication Inc. will use the transmitter to increase the power of 103.1 FM in Waynesburg. The tower will strengthen the station’s signal in the Fay-West area and parts of Allegheny County.

The company will initially invest close to $10,000 to paint the tower, replace the beacon light, repair fencing and erect a maintenance shed.

“We’ll do whatever is necessary,” said Bob Stevens, of Broadcasting Communication Inc.

Stevens said the cost to erect such a tower is about $40,000 and would require three months to gain approval from local, state and federal agencies.

Both sides talked about a long-term lease with periodic renewal options.

Once the tower is operating, Stevens said the broadcasting operation will move from its site near Waynesburg to Fayette County.

Money from both leases will go toward operating expenses, Cortis said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.