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Airport boardings exceed goals

SkyWest Airlines boardings at Jamestown Regional Airport are exceeding goals, according to Sam Seafeldt, airport director.

In his report to the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority on Wednesday, Seafeldt said the June passenger boardings were 1,073, with an average monthly boarding of 1,013. The airport is on target for 12,000 boardings for the year, with 6,075 boardings through June, he said.

“If we are targeting at maintaining 10,000 boardings and we are on course to be over 12,000, then that is a good place to be,” Seafeldt said.

Trent Sletto was unanimously elected chair of the Airport Authority. Sletto encouraged the other members to be involved and to attend events where the Airport Authority needs to show its presence in the community.

“This needs to be a team effort,” Sletto said.

Sletto replaces Keith Veil, who served as interim chair following Katie Andersen’s departure from the Airport Authority in June. Veil was unanimously elected vice chair.

“I am very excited about the present board with all its expertise and we won’t skip a beat going forward,” Veil said. “There are tremendous people here and I look forward to serving with all of you.”

Seafeldt was unanimously re-elected as secretary/treasurer.

In his report, Steve Aldinger, a senior project engineer with Interstate Engineering, said grant delays may not allow a project to improve transitions between the runway and taxiways to start until the first part of August. If the $2.28 million project cannot start in time to finish this fall, then the starting date will be moved to spring 2019, he said.

The Airport Authority approved a request from Seafeldt to put 250 acres of ag land bordering the airport up for lease bid for ag use. The land includes 220 acres north of the airport and 6 acres west of the airport across N.D. Highway 20.

The land has been leased to Gayne Gasal, according to Seafeldt. The lease expires on Dec. 31, he said.