Northern New York Newspapers
Watertown
Ogdensburg
Massena-Potsdam
Lowville
Carthage
Malone
NNY Business
NNY Living
NNY Ads
Sat., Dec. 20
ADVERTISE SUBSCRIBE
Serving the communities of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, New York
In print daily. Online always.
Related Stories

OBPA signs consultant for airport runway study

PREV
NEXT
ARTICLE OPTIONS
A A
print this article
e-mail this article

OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority will pay a consultant $89,283 to conduct a feasibility study on expanding Ogdensburg International Airport’s runway and terminal.

McFarland-Johnson, Binghamton, was hired Wednesday by the OBPA Board of Directors and will deliver its report in September.

“We want to look at what are the possibilities for the airport,” said Chairman Samuel J. LaMacchia following the board’s 7-0 vote. “To find out on our own exactly what it means to us.”

The authority wants to lengthen its runway from 5,200 feet to 6,000 feet in order to accommodate larger commercial airplanes, hoping that will spark an overall increase in activity that will eventually make the airport profitable.

The expansion of the terminal, said Executive Director Wade A. Davis, would also be necessary.

“Larger airplanes require a larger terminal,” he said. “It’s prudent planning.”

The feasibility study will address cost, design and environmental impact factors.

In other business, the authority’s voice will be heard May 15 when the state Office of Mental Health hosts a so-called “Listening Tour” stop at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to discuss a state proposal that officials fear could result in the closing of the 123-year-old facility and the loss of its 520 jobs.

“The loss of the psychiatric center would be a huge hit for the area,” Mr. Davis said. “We can’t allow that to happen.”

Mr. LaMacchia, who will speak for the authority at the meeting, along with Deputy Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer Frederick S. Morrill, said that neither the psychiatric center nor Ogdensburg can afford to lose 500 jobs.

“We need help,” Mr. LaMacchia said. “That’s very difficult to overcome.”

The state is considering downsizing the number of inpatient psychiatric hospital beds as part of a plan to emphasize outpatient treatment and support for the mentally ill.

Those wishing to attend the listening tour forum, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Unity Center, are being asked to register online at www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/excellence/registration.html. Those looking to speak are asked to make their plans known when they register.

Commenting rules:
  1. Stick to the topic of the article/letter/editorial.
  2. When responding to issues raised by other commenters, do not engage in personal attacks or name-calling.
  3. Comments that include profanity/obscenities or are libelous in nature will be removed without warning.
Violators' commenting privileges may be revoked indefinitely. By commenting you agree to our full Terms of Use.
Giveaway
Syracuse Football Tickets Giveaway
Connect with Us
WDT News FeedsWDT on FacebookWDT on TwitterWDT on InstagramWDT for iOS: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touchWDT for Android
Showcase of Homes
Showcase of Homes