Hardwick Field auction set for June 5
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Apr 27, 2014 | 1293 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The auction for Hardwick Field has been set for June 5.

Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority member Verrill Norwood said the property should be cleared for sale before then.

“All the literature that goes out will say subject to FAA approval,” Norwood said.

An auction company for selling the old airport was selected during Friday’s meeting.

Dempsey Auction Company in Rome, Ga., was approved. Norwood recommended this company because of its experience and expertise.

Chairman Lou Patton asked why a letter from the auction company was asking for $7,500 up front for advertising costs.

Norwood said he thought this was only if they did not sell the property.

Upon further consideration, Norwood said the request was something added after he talked to the company.

The airport authority approved the contract, adding an amendment that the cost for advertising would be deducted from the 10 percent buyers premium fee being paid to the company.

Final approval for the sale of the property by the Federal Aviation Administration has not been given.

Board member Lynn DeVault pointed out that even if the land was sold, the FAA would have to approve the sale.

Cleveland Regional Jetport director Mark Fidler said the land would have to be sold for the appraised value and the buyer agree to never use the land for an airport in order to meet FAA guidelines.

The board discussed a projection of revenues for the coming year. Patten said some numbers on the list seem to be incorrect. The board worked though some of the numbers for land rent and facility rental. The numbers will be confirmed to balance the budget request before it is presented to the Cleveland City Council.

DeVault suggested that charging a larger ramp fee could be a revenue source if it was needed to balance the budget. Fidler said similar airports in the area charge the same rate of $75 for the types of airplanes the jetport services.

“I think $75 is very reasonable, maybe too cheap,” DeVault said. “We certainly pay a lot more when we go other places.”

Fuel sales and activity at the airport “have been steady,” according to a report by Crystal Air director of Operations Taylor Newman.

He updated the board that the fixed base operator has also hired a new shop operator. The previous shop operator took a job in Montana.

Patten said he would like the contract with Crystal Air to be updated to reflect that the airport has been operation a year.

“Some of the things in the contract may or may not apply and there might be some things that need to be done either by you or by the city that we didn’t anticipate,” Patten said.

Changes that need to be made and responsibilities that need to be added will be discussed.

Also during the meeting, Fidler presented the board with information on a snow removal blade that will is included in the capital improvements budget request in anticipation of approval of winter operations plan for the jetport.

The plan will be discussed at the board’s next meeting.