Ken Vautour, an aircraft mechanic with Black Bear Aviation, works on a Beechcraft on Oct. 2 at Robert LaFleur Municipal Airport, the municipally owned airport in Waterville. The City Council approved a five-year lease Tuesday to provide the growing company more space at the airport.
WATERVILLE — City councilors on Tuesday approved a lease with Black Bear Aviation to include more space at the city-owned airport, approved spending $1,500 to help build a recreational trail through the South End and said good-bye to two city councilors.
Councilors voted 7-0 to approve a five-year lease, with a five-year extension, for the aviation company at Robert LaFleur Municipal Airport. The company does aircraft maintenance, painting, sales, detailing and repair.
Black Bear owner Kevin Dauphinee said his company is growing and he wants to lease two more rooms at the airport, one of which would be used for fabric and other materials needed for an interior shop he is bringing in that will do complete custom interiors.
“At the beginning of the year we had three employees; we have seven now,” Dauphinee said. “We’re doing pretty good. We’re growing fast.”
City Manager Michael Roy praised the company’s work at the airport.
“We’re very happy with the relations we’ve had with Kevin,” he said.
Councilor Rosemary Winslow, D-Ward 3, was pleased with the report.
“This is very good,” she said. “It’s good to hear.”