Lou Patten is new Airport Authority chair
by By DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
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Lou Patten was elected chairman of the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority Friday during its monthly meeting at the Cleveland Municipal Building.

Lynn DeVault, who has chaired the board since its formation in 2004, nominated Patten. LeRoy Rymer, Verrill Norwood and DeVault voted unanimously. Mike McCoy was absent.

DeVault has one more year remaining on her appointment, which she plans to fulfill.

“I hope to be helpful in marketing and fundraising, Hardwick Field disposal and anything else you need me to do, but I’m ready to gavel out of here,” she said.

Patten congratulated DeVault for her superb job.

“We wouldn’t have a new airport had it not been for Lynn’s leadership and being chairman of this authority,” he said. “Everybody has worked very, very hard through the years, but we still wouldn’t be where we are without your leadership.”

DeVault said she always likes to leave with people thinking nice things of her, “but if it hadn’t been for LeRoy’s design, Lou building the terminal and Verrill doing all the things he’s done, including buying up all of the excess property and managing the disposal of Hardwick Field, I don’t think we would be here. It is an honor to serve with these guys.”

Norwood was elected vice chairman and DeVault will serve her final year on the authority as secretary-treasurer.

Rick Hudgens, who recently retired from his position of senior project specialist in the aviation division of Tennessee Department of Transportation, now works for airport engineering firm PDC Consultants LLC, of Franklin.

He reported concrete work was continuing on the T-hangars. The pads are ready. They are awaiting the arrival of the buildings on about Oct. 8. The scheduled completion date is sometime in December.

Under new business, authority members signed an agreement with TDOT for financial assistance in the form of a matching grant of $166,667 for T-hangar construction. The airport authority is using $150,000 of Non-Primary Entitlement Funds. The state and local shares are $8,333 and $8,334 each.

The airport authority also approved a lease agreement with Tony Raspa.

A World War II era biplane was one of the visitors to Cleveland Regional Jetport earlier in the month as part of the Ageless Aviation Dreams, Dream Flight Tour of the United States.

The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit organization built on the philosophy of “Giving Back To Those Who Have Given.” The foundation and its supporters honor senior military heroes living in long-term care communities by giving them a Dream Flight in a 1942 Boeing Stearman, the airplane used to train many military aviators in the late 30s and early 40s.