Port Authority creates new position, OKs several leases and contracts

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ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Port Authority board approved a number of leases, contracts and change orders and also directed staff to provide a summary of all capital project budget transfers, along with staff summaries, to the board for review and approval.

Board members indicated staff should include the reason for the transfer and the effect it will have on the project from which the funding is being taken.

The board, which met on St. John on Wednesday, also voted to have the Port Authority's legal counsel investigate and report back on the ownership changes that have occurred within the Duty Free St. Thomas company before the board makes a decision about whether to reinstate the tenant's exclusive right to sell liquor.

In other business, the board approved:

- Removing the two vacant positions of senior bookkeeper and accountant and creating a new position of business management analyst at a proposed salary of $40,000-$42,000.

- A change order to reduce the Rohlsen Airport Apron Rehabilitation Project contract amount to Virgin Islands Paving, Inc. by $119,618.60.

- A $247,122.50 contract to Neon Construction Enterprise to construct a third exit lane at King Airport's parking lot.

- A $95,281.61 negotiated settlement with J. Benton Construction for the King Airport roof repair project. The additional money is for delays that resulted from inclement weather and overhead costs. The change order closes out the project.

- Amending a previously approved payment plan between the Port Authority and Seaborne Airlines. The last payment was supposed to be made by the end of this month, but instead it will be split into three additional payments: $200,000 due July 31; $130,000 due Aug. 31; and $130,000 due Sept. 30.

- A two-year lease for Miradas Holding, doing business as Laline, for space at the Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay at a rate of $1,735 per month.

- A two-year lease for Maureen Morrell, doing business as Spice Island, for space at the Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay at a rate of $1,200 per month.

- A two-year lease for Big Horn, doing business as Caribana, for space in building A-10 of the Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay at a rate of $57,585 per year.

- A change to the existing Sea Flight lease agreement from one three-year term to three one-year terms.

- DHL Worldwide Express' continued occupancy at Rohlsen Airport for baggage, cargo, mail-handling and other delivery-related activities for three years with one three-year option at $30,024.25 per year.

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