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|Galesburg Aldermen Turn Down Airport Lease, Managers Agreements with Jet Air
|POSTED 9:47pm 8/17/09, UPDATED 2am 8/18/09 The City of Galesburg and the primary tenant of the Galesburg Municipal Airport likely will go back to the drawing board if the tenant wants to stay there, and to determine just how maintenance will continue there.
The Galesburg City Council Monday night rejected proposals to rework a 20-year lease agreement with Jet Air for use of the airport, and what amounted to an over $50,000 annual deal to make Jet Air the airport manager and responsible for its maintenance, when the city's airport supervisor retires later this year.
In terms of the lease agreement, Third Ward Alderman Russell Fleming says he doesn't want to lose Jet Air, but they'd better come up with a better lease that doesn't play as much into their favor. "This is a 20 year agreement that basically turns into a 40-year agreement," Fleming said. "...the City can't get out of this for 40 years, whereas JetAir can get out within 20 years. And I think...what's good for the goose is good for the gander."
In reality, the lease would have been for 20-years, with four, five-year renewals.
Aldermen wondered if it would be feasible for the city to seek bids on fixed base operator coming to the airport and being the airport manager, instead of just giving it to Jet Air.
City officials say that probably wouldn't work, since it's likely bids would never be submitted.
Aldermen Monday night also turned down the city's recommendation of McGladrey and Pullen to continue to do the city's audit, and instead voted for a bid by Clifton-Gunderson.
|08 18 09 by Newsroom
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