|Published: 10:09 AM, 07/01/2013
||Last updated: 10:09 AM, 07/01/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-The county will try its
hand at running the Monroe County Airport a little longer after a
vote at Tuesday night's County Commission meeting.
The county has been in control of the
airport since April 1, when the county government allowed its
contract with the airport's longtime fixed-base operator Larry
Hamilton expire and did not renew it.
The County Commission soon voted to
take proposals from other potential operators to run the airport, but
the Airport Committee did not like any of the proposals and brought
the matter before the county's governing body Tuesday night.
The county has brought in revenue
selling fuel and renting hangers while using county maintenance
workers to maintain the facilities.
"Several people tell me its (airport) the best its looked in years," Commissioner Marty Allen said.
Allen suggested the county continue to
run the airport while the Airport Committee studies the matter.
"I think we've got an opportunity to
look at it right now," Allen said.
Allen's motion got six votes to pass.
Commissioners Wanda Alexander, Bill Bivins, Richard Kirkland, Bennie
Moser and Bill Shadden voted along with Allan to for the county to
keep running the airport the next 90 days.
Commissioner Harold Hawkins passed on
the vote, Roger Thomas voted against Allen's motion and Commissioner
Judy Lee was absent from the meeting.
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