Stockton Metropolitan Airport

Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Supes OK airport expansion
By Roman Gokhman
The San Joaquin (CA) News Service

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to add 110,600 square feet of pavement at the Stockton Metropolitan Airport to give cargo airplanes more room to park. On Dec. 15, the county will begin accepting bids on the project, which is expected to cost $846,000.

The room would immediately be used by Farmington Fresh Produce. It would be enough space for a Boeing 767 and 747 to park side by side.

The Federal Aviation Administration would pay for 95 percent of the cost through a grant, and the state would cover the majority of the rest. The county will only be responsible for about $2,000, according to county documents.

This is the third time the county will search for a contractor to run the project. The first two times, there was little interest and the bids were too high, according to a letter to the supervisors from airport Director Barry Rondinella.

In order for the county to be eligible to receive the FAA grant, supervisors also had to approve an annual agreement for a disadvantaged business enterprise program. With the agreement, the county promised that a “good faith effort” would be made to see that 7.5 percent of the work done on the project will be done by companies that are run by women or minorities.

The percentage was a number generated by the county, but it did not please supervisors, who thought that there were enough companies headed by women and minorities in the county to shoulder a bigger portion of the work.

“I would like to think we can do better than 7.5 percent,” Supervisor Victor Mow said. “We want to see a workforce that is more reflective of our community.”

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