Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Firm Gets Extension of Pact to Promote Airport Expansion

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Firm Gets Extension of Pact to Promote Airport Expansion

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The St. Louis Airport Commission on Wednesday extended a no-bid contract to Unicom Group for promotional work on expansion plans for Lambert Field.

The extension is for $156,000. Almost $450,000 has already been spent for the work.

The commission also set in motion an application to the federal government to renew its authority to charge a $3 a ticket tax to raise money to pay for the expansion. The tax has raised $84 million since 1992; the extension would bring in $60 million more.

Leonard L. Griggs, airport director, told the commission he wanted to extend the Unicom Group contract "for continuity. . . . No new money is involved, and the money was appropriated long ago."

Edward Finkelstein, president of Unicom, said his firm began working on Lambert expansion in 1988. He said Unicom was hired without bids as a subcontractor by Landrum & Brown, the consultant on the first Lambert expansion project.

In 1990, Finkelstein said, the Airport Commission hired Unicom without bids to continue doing the same work because "we already had 18 months' experience. …

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