Gary air­port could buy nearby prop­erty

Par­cel’s ad­ver­tised $175K price could change after en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Ca­role Carl­son Post-Tri­bune

The Gary/Chicago In­ter­na­tional Air­port Au­thor­ity soon could own prop­erty across from the air­port that last was home to an adult en­ter­tain­ment store.

No pur­chase price for the par­cel at 4620 In­dus­trial High­way was dis­closed dur­ing Tues­day’s air­port au­thor­ity meet­ing. Air­port spokesman David Gold­en­berg said the price could change after the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment.

The au­thor­ity unan­i­mously rat­i­fied the pur­chase agree­ment.

The prop­erty was ad­ver­tised for $175,000 in on­line list­ings. It for­merly housed Ct’s Adult Su­per Store, billed as a bar and book­store on its Face­book page. The prop­erty owner is Mari Kaloghiorou.

Au t h o r i t y a t t o r n e y Michael Tol­bert said the clos­ing could take place Fri­day, but the en­vi­ron­men­tal sur­vey still needs to be com­pleted.

Of­fi­cials weren’t spe­cific about their plans for the prop­erty, es­ti­mated at about an acre. As part of the air­port’s master plan it’s try­ing to ac­quire ad­ja­cent prop­erty for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The par­cel is north­east of the air­port.

For the sec­ond straight month, a new con­tract for the air­port Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Duane Hay­den was de­ferred. Hay­den was hired one year ago at a salary of $120,000. Tol­bert said some items in the con­tract needed to be “tweaked.”

The au­thor­ity re­newed a $75,000 con­tract with Whit­taker & Co. for its an­nual au­dit pre­pared for the State Board of Ac­counts.

Hay­den said it’s the fifth year the com­pany is do­ing the au­dit.

“We made im­prove­ments to as­sure our ac­count­ing is ac­cu­rate,” Hay­den said.

Last year, Whit­taker’s au­dit showed a 2017 yearend cash bal­ance was over- stated by $647,000. The au­dit blamed post­ing er­rors and er­rant jour­nal en­tries that re­sulted in more per­son­nel train­ing.

The au­thor­ity also ap­proved an an­nual con­tract with He­lios Con­sult­ing at $5,000 per month to rep­re­sent the air­port on leg­isla­tive mat­ters in avi­a­tion, trans­porta­tion, and prop­erty taxes.

Cen­der and Co. re­ceived a $7,500 an­nual con­tract to pre­pare a re­port on the air­port’s bond sta­tus for in­vestors, a fed­eral re­quire­ment.

Air­port con­sul­tant Dan Vi­cari re­ported a rene­go­ti­a­tion on the cost of con­crete for a run­way re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project s ave d $481,125 on the con­tract with Su­pe­rior Con­struc­tion.

The au­thor­ity elected new of­fi­cers with gover­nor-ap­pointee Tim Fesko re­main­ing as chair­man, ac­cord­ing to state law. Denise Dil­lard was named vice pres­i­dent and Ale­sia Pritch­ett was elected sec­re­tary.

Ca­role Carl­son is a free­lance re­porter for the PostTri­bune.

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