Board approves rate increase
Portland Board of Aviation
Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:59 AM
Portland Board of Aviation voted Wednesday to raise the fee for renting a T-hangar at Portland Municipal Airport.
It also voted to submit to Portland City Council for approval an ordinance allowing the airport to use profits from the fuel farm for maintenance and repairs of the fuel system.
At a meeting last month, airport manager Hal Tavzel suggested board members consider raising the rental fee for T-hangars because the cost to maintain them will continue to rise and airports similar to Portland’s have higher prices.
Currently it costs $65 per month to rent a T-hangar. Board president Bob Sours and members John Lyons, Mike McKee and Jim Runkle voted to increase the fee to $75 per month.
If a renter pays for an entire year up front, it will cost $70.
The increase needs to be approved by Portland City Council before it goes into effect.
The airport hasn’t had an increase in at least 10 years, Sours said, noting that the Indiana State Board of Accounts raised the issue two years ago.
“Instead of waiting 10 years, I think maybe we ought to address that on a more regular basis,” he said.
The board also voted to submit to city council an ordinance that will allow it to spend fuel farm profits on the fuel system.
“It’s something that needs to be done,” Sours said. “Otherwise, it just keeps building up.”
In other business Wednesday, the board:
•Learned from Tavzel the airport sold 3,119 gallons of fuel in March for a total of $14,908.83. April fuel sales are at $11,739.69 for 2,361 gallons.
Tavzel said he had some of the concrete in the T-hangars fixed and the airport’s fire extinguishers inspected. A fuel farm inspection is scheduled for Tuesday, and All American Doors will do maintenance on the hangar doors.
•Voted to approve a $20,340 quote from Reece Seal Coating, Inc., for repairing 16,650 feet of cracks on the runway.
•Learned from Jason Clearwaters, of Butler, Fairman and Seufert, the airport’s engineering firm, that the firm is still waiting to hear back from the Federal Aviation Administration about the runway extension justification report.
•Paid $5,115.18 in claims.