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Airport Commission renews lease
Airport commissioners discussed real estate taxes, runway lighting and a new lease with Black River Technical College at their meeting on Monday.
BRTC has requested a 50-year extension to their lease agreement with the airport. They are planning to invest approximately $1 million in a four-story fire tower that will be located at the Fire Training Center they operate on airport property. The college also uses the center to train EMTs.
Angie Caldwell, vice president for technical education at the college, told the commission that the center serves trainees from Randolph, Lawrence, Clay, Greene and Sharp counties. The nonprofit organization agreed to pay $1,200 a year for rent, and the lease was extended. It will expire in 2064.
The lighting on runways 18-56 and 04-22 are now working, according to Commission Chairman Dan Coker. Lighting at the airport had been an ongoing problem for some time.
Airport real estate taxes have been received in the amount of $17,833. Last year was the first time the airport has been required to pay taxes on its income producing buildings. "Most of the airport's tenants have tax payments included in their leases, " Coker said.
The commission agreed that tax bills will now be sent to their tenants with the request that they be paid to the airport by May 1.
Airport engineer Stacey Morris discussed the airport's Capital Improvement Plan with the commission. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that airports have a five-year plan for improvements, and plans are updated each March. Morris recommended, and commissioners agreed, that they update last year's plan with only a few minor changes.
Airport Manager Michelle Anthony reminded commissioners about the auction that will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the former Universal Assets Management building. Items left by UAM and items from the airport and the Wings of Honor Museum will be sold, including airplane parts, two small scooters, a small motorcycle, a 4-wheeler, a tanker, a tractor, etc.
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