Omaha Police helicopter Able-1

Plans for the Omaha Police Department (OPD) Air Support Unit to relocate to the Blair Municipal Airport are moving forward pending the approval of the lease by the Omaha City Council.

The Blair Airport Authority approved a 10-year lease with an option for two additional five-year terms during its monthly meeting Tuesday. Board members Geary Combs and David Johnson were absent.

The lease is contingent upon final approval from the Omaha City Council.

Blair City Administrator Rod Storm, who also serves as airport manager, said OPD and the City of Omaha's legal staff was still reviewing the lease. It did not go to the council for approval on Tuesday. Instead, it is expected to go to the council at its Oct. 23 meeting.

“Barring any last minute concerns that will go to the Omaha City Council for final approval Nov. 6,” Storm said.

OPD will pay $3,000 a month in rent for the first 5 years. Rent will increase in increments of $100 every three years, Storm said.

OPD will make one annual payment rather than monthly payments, Storm said. The first will be made when they move in.

The airport authority also approved the low bid for improvements to a hangar, which would house OPD's helicopter. The board had received six bids, which ranged from $1,062,000 to $1,162,200, including an alternate bid to provide a fire sprinkler system in the building.

ConStruct, Inc. of Omaha had the lowest bid.

The City of Omaha would pay for the improvements.

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