Unity planners vote for more restrooms at airport
Unity planning commission approved plans for additional restrooms at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport as officials there expect more passengers.
Gabe Monzo, executive director of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority, said when board members last updated its master plan in 2001, projecting 20 years into the future, they expected 110,000 to 150,000 passengers per year.
With the addition of Spirit Airlines as a commercial carrier in 2011, the airport is expecting 300,000 to 400,000 passengers this year, Monzo said.
“Half a million isn't out of the question,” he said.
The additional restrooms are necessary to accommodate all those passengers, which now queue up at the facilities shortly before flights depart or after they arrive, he said.
The restrooms are planned for near the end of the ticket counter in the terminal building.
Monzo said if enough federal grant money is allocated, a seven-space executive parking lot will be added during the restroom construction, just outside the addition.
Two sewage tap-ins have been purchased from Unity Township Municipal Authority for the addition, Monzo said.
The commission approved preliminary plans for the measure with a 3-0-1 vote, then final plans with a 2-1-1 vote.
Monzo, who is on the Unity board, too, abstained from both votes, while Frank Novotny voted against the final plans.
Novotny said he had no objections to the construction but wanted to give the commission members absent from the meeting a chance to review the plans.
In other business, the board approved construction on two storage buildings owned by board member Tim Schultheis.
Across the street from each other on the 24-acre Schultheis Electric property on Seventh Avenue in Lloydsville, one plan will add a 7,700-square-foot addition to an existing storage building, and the other is the addition of an 11,000-square-foot building.
Novotny similarly voted for preliminary plans but against final plans, while Schultheis abstained from the votes.
All three projects will be heard before supervisors at their Sept. 12 meeting.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hempfield woman donates music inspired by WWI ‘doughnut girls’
- Jewish congregations dwindling, forced to mull viability of worship sites
- Smithton man gets 6-12 years for robbery in Jeannette
- Independence Day events for Westmoreland County
- Youthful actors bring Disney classic ‘Tarzan’ to life at Geyer in Scottdale
- Hempfield bicyclist gets one last chance from Westmoreland County judge
- State Supreme Court rejects latest Foxley Farm appeal in Ligonier Township dispute
- Facelift approved for historic La Rose building in Greensburg
- Former Jeannette coach held for trial on charges of assault on teen girls
- Hempfield woman seriously injured in crash
- Group takes veterans, seniors in WWII-era planes at Unity airport