February 1, 2017 Edition
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Commissioner supports museum
events, reviews engineering firms
The Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission agreed to allow the Wings of Honor Museum to host an air show at the airport for the air base's 75th anniversary.
At Monday's meeting, museum board president Harold Johnson spoke with the commission about plans to host two events in 2017 to celebrate the anniversary.
The Annual Airfield Reunion and Wings of Honor Festival will be in May. In addition, the museum is looking to hold an air show in October. The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce will provide assistance for both events.
Past chair of the chamber board Dina Rose said the scale of the events would depend on how much money the museum can raise. She said that effort can start now that they have the commission's permission to use the airport.
Johnson said he would like to see Walnut Ridge and the airport involved in the event.
"I think our community has the right to take a lot of pride in their airport," Johnson said.
The commission requested an event proposal, which included information about liability insurance, and what all events will take place. The airport would also provide discount fuel for the events.
If funds are available, Johnson said he would like to include a fireworks display and some parachute jumps at May's event.
In other business, the commission reviewed information provided by several companies in their search for a new engineering firm. After some discussion, they narrowed it down to two they would like to bring in for interviews. They are Miller-Newell Engineers, Inc., of Newport, and McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc., out of Little Rock.
"It's important that we spend a little time on this and make the right decision," Commission Chair Don Cavenaugh said.
Also at the meeting:
the commission reviewed the end of year reports, which showed that income was down from what was budgeted but expenses were also down.
Cavenaugh said the airport received no bids on 20 acres of farmland recently advertised. The commission will look at promoting the land on the city's Facebook page before rebidding.
the commission voted to have Walnut Ridge City Attorney Nancy Hall prepare a collection letter to be sent to Danny West for outstanding rental payments. West will be given 45 days to make the payment in full.
Cavenaugh said he has been contacted about tearing down some equipment at the airport. The contractor is looking to use the airport's tarmac to disassemble a plane, but Cavenaugh is concerned about possible damage to the pavement. Commissioners will meet with the contractor next week to go over the proper way to proceed.
the commission approved increased insurance coverage on three airport properties.
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