June 12, 2013 Edition
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discuss rental lease changes
Walnut Ridge Regional Airport commissioners discussed changes to be made to building and hangar leases at their meeting on Monday, as well as repairs to their electric gate, lights on runway 18-36 and Taxiway A-E and the tetrahedron.
Leases on several buildings owned by the airport are coming up for renewal or have already expired, and the new leases will have to reflect an increase due to the rate of inflation. Commission chair Dan Coker informed the commissioners that V&B Manufacturing's lease has expired along with West Machine Shop's.
Coker asked commissioners Sam Massey, Gary Kearby and Billie Gail Dunlap to serve on a committee with him to bring the new leases up to date.
"The amount of these leases need to be increased according to the rate of inflation and brought into line with those who have already had their leases increased," he said.
The roof on the building leased by V&B has several leaks, and Dan Caspall, V&B vice president, has told the commission that repairing the roof is the airport's responsibility. Commissioner's had asked if V&B might agree to a lease increase to help pay off a loan the airport will need to replace the roof.
Coker said the new lease reflecting a rate of inflation raise will help offset the cost of the roof. Bids will have to be taken before the roof can be replaced.
New water lines have been run from the meter to the V&B building to correct water leaks. Caspall said they still have a small leak but will check and see if it might be coming from their boiler.
Hangar rentals have decreased and Airport Manager Michelle Anthony said she has been asking around to see if she could find a reason for the drop in rentals.
Anthony told the commission she feels they have lost some potential hangar renters because the current hangar leases include a 'no maintenance' clause.
"Pilots want to be able to do light maintenance on their planes inside the hangars," she said. "They need the freedom of being able to do fairly simple stuff."
The commission agreed to the change in hangar leases. Pilots will not be allowed to replace an engine or do any work on their planes that isn't allowed by the FAA.
The airport's tetrahedron, which was placed there by the military during WWII, is in need of repairs and commissioners have been searching for a way to have it repaired. A 50/50 grant could take up to two years to receive if one could be obtained.
"I'm not sure it will last two more years without being repaired," Commissioner Sam Massey said.
The one estimate the commission has received so far was more than they expected, but they feel it is important to have the work done. Frank Kelley, owner of Allied Ag-Cat Corporation, which is located near the airport, was at the meeting and told commissioners his company does that type of work. He agreed to look at the tetrahedron and provide them with an estimate.
Once repaired, Anthony said the FAA requires it to be certified on a yearly basis. This is one of very few or may be the only one left in Arkansas, the commissioners believe.
In other business, commissioners:
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