Hardwick Field bids approved
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jun 29, 2014 | 984 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FAA OK still pending

The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority approved the Hardwick Field Airport auction bids during its meeting Friday.

Board member Verrill Norwood recommended approving the bids, saying he didn’t think they would be able to get more for the land.

Chairman Lou Patten said the price the tracts sold for was good compared to recent sales in the area.

“We did some comparable sales of some tracts in Bradley County and the surrounding area in the past several months. What we got [for Hardwick] was $16,581 [per acre] and that was the third highest of these 14 sales,’’ Patten said.

Board member Lynn DeVault abstained from voting because she works for Allen Jones, who purchased Tracts 1 through 4 and Tract 6 during the auction.

Tracts 1 through 4 sold as a package for $750,000 and Tract 6 went for $37,000.

Tract 5 went to Joe Stamper for $80,000. Tract 7 went for $30,000 to Charles Jabaley. Robbie Garrison was the winning bid for Tract 8 for $25,000 and Tract 9 for $115,000.

“We got the appraised value for most of the tracts,” Patten said. “We didn’t get as much as we would like, but certainly $1 million to the city will help.”

Norwood said the airport authority is waiting on final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration before the sale can be completed.

He said the FAA paperwork should be completed in the next few weeks.

DeVault said the corners for each of the individual properties from the airport need to be marked by the surveyor.

Norwood said he thought this had already been done, but he would look into it.

A discussion on how nine acres on the south end of the property could be accessed was also part of the meeting.

Norwood said someone told her there was an abandoned road that could be used.

DeVault said the airport authority needs to research whether the road was officially abandoned.

City Manager Janice Casteel said she had been told the road was listed as part of the land with one of the deeds. She agreed that more research on the issue needed to be done.

The board also approved changes to the amounts being requested for three state grants.

Airport director of operations Mark Fidler said the runway justification study for the extension of the runway is still being worked on. Continued rain has delayed a drainage project at the site.

The board delayed a decision on the winter safety operations plan, the airport sign and a lease.

Board member LeRoy Rymer Jr. and Patten said they would like to make changes to the proposed design.