Monthly fee proposed at airpark

Published 11:28 am Friday, June 13, 2014

In an effort to turn the Lawrence County Airpark into a self-sufficient operation, the Tri-State Pilots Association has created a plan that would assess $25 monthly to every plane housed at the Chesapeake facility.

Bill Nenni of the county’s airport advisory board, presented the plan to the Lawrence County Commissioners at its Thursday meeting. The commissioners would have to approve levying the assessment.

“This would affect everyone who has an airplane,” Nenni said. “It would affect everyone the same.”

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The assessment would bring in $19,200 a year. That would go for utilities at the airpark plus picking up the 10 percent local match required by the Federal Aviation Administration to get the $150,000 funds available to the county each month.

Commission President Les Boggs said he wanted the commission to study the proposal over the next week with a possible decision made at the June 19 commission meeting.

Nenni also said the airport board was revising its hangar and tie-down leases at the request of the FAA and is taking the leases used at the Tri-State Huntington Airport as an example.

In other business the commission:

• Approved a hangar lease agreement for Mark Christian for a five-year period for $110 per month;

• Approved a resolution to vacate a portion of Township Road 1371 with public viewing at 12:30 p.m. July 1 and a public hearing at 9:15 a.m. July 3;

• Approved a resolution to establish Private Drive 2306 in Rome Township with public viewing at 1 p.m. July 1 and a public hearing at 9:15 a.m. July 3;

• Received the weekly dog warden report where 27 dogs were adopted or went to rescue, no dogs were destroyed and none were redeemed by their owners.