City considers security firm at airport

Although reluctant to send business out of the community, the Minot City Council’s Airport Committee agreed Tuesday to contract with Bismarck-Mandan Security for security services at Minot International Airport.

The Minot City Council will consider the committee’s recommendation Monday.

The $97,829 bid from Bismarck-Mandan Security was the only bid, and it came in less than budgeted. The airport is eligible to receive funding from the Transportation Security Administration to offset much of the cost.

Airport director Andrew Solsvig said the Minot Police Department had provided security, but the contract with the airport was taking officers away from more important duties on the street. Police Chief Jason Olson said the work is better suited to a security firm than to police officers.

This past year, because the airport was unable to secure a security contract to replace the police department, the airport installed additional technology in the terminal that increased security, Solsvig said. With that technology, the airport could receive response from police within 15 minutes.

Solsvig said having security on site will be more beneficial if incidents with unruly passengers, theft, front-curb assistance or other safety concerns arise.

Solsvig assured the committee that Bismarck-Mandan Security plans to hire locally.