Rescue and Firefighting facility by hiring an engineering firm to
relocate 28 tie-downs for private aircraft.
The seismic improvements, to two of the airport's four garages, is
expected to cause rotating closures of about 800 spaces at a time. Work
on the $3.8-million project is expected to begin in the spring.
The structures in question -- the 1,572-space A-1 garage and
1,400-space B-1 garage -- were built before changes in building codes
were put into effect in 1994.
"The standards have increased a lot, especially after the Northridge
quake," John Wayne spokeswoman Ann McCarley said. "We're just going to
bring them up to code."
The two other structures, along with an off-site lot, will be open
during the work. The airport has announced plans to institute valet
parking to alleviate any congestion.
The board also authorized a $55,000 payment to Irvine-based HNTB Corp.
for engineering work to repave Taxiway Lima. Work has already begun on
the $495,963 project, approved by the board in 1998.
For beautification of a different sort, the board hired Irvine-based
NCG Porter Novelli for public relations services to spruce up the
airport's annual reports. The three-year deal cannot exceed $200,00.
To clear the way for the new fire station, the board also agreed to
hire Kimley-Horn and Associates, based in Orange, to relocate the
tie-downs. The board will pay the firm $1 million for the job.
Once it is completed, the airport is expected to move ahead with the
$3.8-million fire station project. Built in 1976, Station 33 does not
allow adequate handicap access, meet current building codes or include
women's showers and restrooms.
In a non-airport related move, the board also accepted $166,900 in
state grant money for water-quality studies in the Back Bay.
The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Agency, an independentwater
monitor, will jointly oversee the studies with the county.
The studies will focus on the possible presence of pesticides
contained in urban runoff. County officials said they are concerned the
chemicals are killing off water fleas and other insects in the watershed.
"It's really focusing on the issue of toxicity," said Chris Crompton,
the county environmental resources manager. "It's aim is to collect some
information that hasn't been collected before and to help us understand