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|Galesburg Aldermen Like Jet Air Contract, Don't Like Beach Closure Proposal
|UPDATED 9:06am 10/20/09 The Galesburg-based company who is the primary tenant of the Galesburg Municipal Airport will be staying put there for at least the next five years.
The Galesburg City Council Monday night ended up voting unanimously for a new five-year lease agreement with Jet Air, with the possibility of four, five-year renewals. This, after aldermen two months ago nixed a different deal that gave Jet Air responsibility for lawn mowing and snow removal at the airport, along with other chores.
The new deal allows for a lesser rent payment to the city, but increases a fuel flowage fee paid to the city from roughly three-cents per gallon, to 10-cents.
City Manager Dane Bragg says the new agreement means less money coming to the city, but that's okay. "This proposed lease is anticipated to generate $48,000 in annual revenue," Bragg said, "or, $17,000 per year less than our current lease does."
Several aldermen expressed concern with what they thought was an ability to terminate the lease agreement by Jet Air, but an inability according to the contract by the City to do the same. But city attorneys say nothing could be further from the truth.
Jet Air officials say they needed the reworked lease in order to keep their operations in town. They say they wanted to stay here, though, despite only a small part of their business now coming from Galesburg thanks to the economy.
During a budget work session prior to the meeting, aldermen seemed to be in agreement they wouldn't go along with a city plan to close Lake Storey Beach and turn it into a marina. They did say, however, they wanted to see what kind of impact only opening the beach during weekends and holidays would have instead.
(Area firefighters look at some of the planes, including a Stearman, on display at the Galesburg Municipal Airport during a training exercise in May.)
(A number of the planes Jet Air uses, shown at the Galesburg Municipal Airport in May. WGIL News Story and File Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|10 19 09 by Newsroom
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