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Aviation Board Considers Several Items

December 14, 2010
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12/15/10 The Plymouth Board of Aviation Commissioners considered several items during a meeting on December 14.

Mark Shillington of Woolpert, Inc., consultants to the board, presented a proposal to prepare a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for Rule 13 compliance. According to Shillington, the Rule 13 operator for the city is Plymouth Engineer Rick Gaul; however, it was noted in the meeting that Gaul is not opposed to Wollpert preparing the needed paperwork. City Attorney Nelson Chipman said, “I know it’s a complicate thing.”

Shillington said the report would be in abbreviated form since the local board is filing with no exposure. Shillington said they have prepared the plans for other airports, such as the LaPorte Airport, at a cost of $12,000. The firm is seeking $3,500 from the Plymouth board for the preparation.

The matter was taken under advisement.

In other matters, the board officially voted 3-0 to establish the 2011 fees for hanger rent, tie downs, and related services. A complete listing of the fees can be viewed at the Plymouth Airport or at the City Clerk-Treasurer’s office.

Airport Manager Dave Lattimer has been contacting each person on the list concerning available hanger space over the last several weeks. At the December 14 meeting, Lattimer presented an application from Steve Engel for a lease for the newly enclosed T-Hanger and a 30-day agreement for a space in the A Hanger. One of Engel’s aircrafts has been parked outside of a hanger for several months following a disagreement over late fees and subsequent court rulings. As a part of the agreement, Engel has a 30-day window in which to have his aircraft deemed air worthy. The applications were accepted 3-0. Board member Kevin Morrison was absent from the meeting.

A safety concern is prompting the board and Lattimer to seek immediate quotes for the repair of a hanger door. Latimer told the board that there are frayed cables and other problems with the door.

During the meeting, Latimer also informed the board that an aircraft had been damaged at the Plymouth Airport on Tuesday while attempting to place the plane into a hanger. Lattimer said a customer had rented a plane in Iowa and flown to Plymouth to meet with staff at Culver Academies. He said the customer had asked to have the plane moved inside since the weather conditions were unpredictable.

At this point, the aircraft will be inspected by a mechanic to determine the extent of the damage.

Carol Anders Correspondent

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