Saturday, November 02, 2013

Fate of Airport Manager up in the air: Current contracts in effect while under new review

INDEPENDENCE – After a 45 minute closed session Monday night, the Independence City Council took no action on the Fixed Base Operator and Airport Manager contracts, other than to direct Mayor Carl Scharff to appoint a sub-committee of Council Members not currently serving on the Airport Committee. The new ad hoc committee is to meet with FBO/Manager Jonathan Walter to discuss airport operation issues and develop recommendations for contract changes. The motion to passed 4-3, with Council Members Jeanne Hermsen, Richard Engen and Dennis Vaughn dissenting. Vaughn stated he thought the new committee should be comprised of non-council members, as they would be less biased. Engen voted “Nay” because he objected to the process, saying it would set a bad precedence. Hermsen also thought the potential committee members were set in their opinions, and a new committee was not a good idea. 

After the new sub-committee is selected and meets, their recommendations will be brought before the entire council for further action. 


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