Airport Commission ends Flying Club lease
BERRYVILLE -- The Carroll County Airport's two-hangar lease with the Ozarks Flying Club has been terminated.
"I think it would be prudent on our part to refund the money in its entirety," Airport Commission Chairman Lonnie Clark said before the commissioners unanimously voted to do so on Tuesday.
The club wrote a letter to the commission dated May 14 requesting the money paid for leasing the hangars to be returned in full. The club was leasing two of the airport's new hangars -- one for $20,000 for a 10-year lease and the other for $10,000 for a five-year lease.
The lease agreement between the airport and the club has been in question since a hole was cut in the side of one of the hangars in April, which is strictly prohibited in the lease. The hole had been patched, but the commissioners are requesting for the project manager to have a look at it to make sure it has been properly done in accordance with any codes or laws about the airport property.
The decision to terminate the lease also came after representatives of the club, the Flight School of the Ozarks and other pilots came forward to address some concerns about the airport and its leadership at the May 16 Quorum Court meeting. The justices of the peace instructed the airport commissioners and other parties to try to resolve any issues before bringing them to Quorum Court.
No representatives of the Flying Club or the Flight School were in attendance at the commission's regular meeting on May 15 or the special meeting this Tuesday.
Following termination of the lease, members of the Airport Commission have stated that this doesn't mean that they aren't willing to do business with the club in the future.
"Just because we refunded the money doesn't mean we don't want them here," Commissioner Dave Teigen said.
"If they want to approach the commission, then they can at a future meeting," Clark added.
At the special meeting of the Airport Commission on Tuesday, Lana Fletcher, who is both the airport assistant manager and a member of the Ozarks Flying Club, said she thought her fellow club members would be willing to talk with the commissioners as well.
The next regular meeting of the Carroll County Airport Commission is scheduled for Thursday, June 19 at noon.