Charging hangar renters undecided

Published 10:51 am Friday, July 25, 2014

A delay in the appearance of Bill Nenni of the airport advisory board to the county commission meeting has postponed again voting on the proposal to start assessing renters of hangars at the county airpark.

That money could be used to pay the county’s 10 percent portion of the judgment in the recent eminent domain lawsuit to pay for acreage at the Chesapeake airpark owned by the Wilson family.

Nenni was scheduled to answer questions on the plan to place assessments of $25 per month on each renter. However, Nenni was in a meeting with Marlon Pena, program manager of the Detroit region of the Federal Aviation Administration, and did not appear at the 20-minute Thursday commissioners meeting before it was adjourned.

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In April a judgment was made that awarded the Wilson family $490,000 for their land with the FAA picking up 90 percent of that. The county’s portion is $49,000. On June 26, the court ordered that an 8 percent per year penalty be assessed on any unpaid portion of that judgment starting on April 28. That order followed a motion by the Wilsons’ attorney stating the judgment was to be paid “forthwith.”

“We have the money already in hand, but we can’t turn it over until we get permission and go through the bureaucracy,” Commission President Les Boggs said. “It has to be approved.”

At the meeting Gene Myers, director of the county jobs and family services, reported that 163 youth from low-income families were placed in the county’s summer youth program where they had the opportunity to work at a variety of businesses. This summer 38 employers participated. The youth’s wages of $9 an hour were picked up by federal dollars.

“It went real well,” Myers told the commission. “The way we did things there was a lot of good feedback.”

The program started out with $338,000 and approximately mid way an approximate $3,500 was added. It was open to youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who had to be 200 percent below the poverty level. Now with all funding expended the program will end on July 31.

“Some places have decided to keep them (past the July 31),” Myers said. “A lot of schools got a lot of work done with their youth, especially Ironton, Symmes Valley and Rock Hill.”

Myers had requested an additional $250,000 for the program, but that was denied.

“A lot of kids would not have back-to-school clothes if they hadn’t worked,” Commission President Les Boggs said.

In other action the commission:

• Approved sending a 2004 Ford Taurus with 282,680 miles to scrap;

• Approved the donation of 268 hours of sick time for an employee on medical leave at the county EMS;

• Approved a right of way permit for Carl Carpenter on County Road 54;

• Approved a lease with Air Evac EMS for a tower lease at Township Road 97, Willow Wood;

• Received the weekly dog warden’s report where three dogs were destroyed, 12 were adopted or went to rescue and three were redeemed by their owners.