City of Masséna seeking a grant for the airport security card system | St. Lawrence County

MASSENA — The city of Massena hopes the grant will help cover the cost of replacing the security card system at Massena International Airport.

Airport manager Frank J. Diagostino said the current system still works but is no longer usable and cannot be updated.

He said the terminal’s security system controls cards, card readers, doors, locks and gates, and they were unable to create new access cards.

“Come and find out that the system was launched in 2007 and is no longer usable,” Diagostino said. “There are no hardware or software updates. We are therefore working with a company to order this material. »

He said the lead time to get the necessary items and start issuing cards again was four to five weeks.

“I hope we will make the security system pay for with the subsidies that exist for airports,” he said. “It’s extra money because of COVID. We will have to pay in advance, but we will be reimbursed.

Diagostino said they are also working with the General Services Administration and the Transportation Security Administration to update the four TSA offices in the terminal under a new 10-year lease.

“There’s $30,000 for a refresh – paint, new carpets, clean floors, stripped floors,” he said.

The work was put out to tender with a deadline of May 25 to submit proposals for painting, removal of existing carpeting, installation of new carpeting, grout cleaning tiling, stripping and waxing floors.

“We put this up for sale over a month ago and never received any offers for it,” Mr Diagostino said.

After meeting with officials from the GSA and TSA, he said they had provided information on contacts who might be interested in the job and had been in touch with them. Mr. Diagostino was due to meet with officials again to hopefully finalize work on the terminal.

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