Airport Board holds open house for hangar owners
by Kari McFee
Nov 20, 2013 | 26713 views | 0 0 comments | 3241 3241 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On November 13, the Heber City Airport Board met at 4 p.m. at the Heber City offices.

A report was given by Terry Loboschefsky, the Heber City Airport Manager. Loboschefsky gave the board an update on the maintenance and updates at the airport. He reported, “Every thing is running smoothly. The summer mowing equipment and been changed out for the winter snowplowing equipment.”

Also discussed concerned a SASO permit to Worldwide Warbirds. After discussion the board declined the application and asked Barry Hancock, the owner of Worldwide Warbirds to bring back a new application with more complete information. His request would most likely then be approved at the next meeting.

The next agenda item was board review of the letter the FAA sent to the Airport in response to the capital improvement plan (CIP). The airport must complete the necessary paperwork on this each year. The airport board hopes to do some improvement to the airport’s runway. The runway needs to be resurfaced and to get funding for this kind of project specific paper work must be filed with the FAA and Division of Aeronautics. A few minor changes were made and if approved, the airport will receive funding for the runway resurfacing in 2015.

Also conducted that night was an open house for discussion on the Lease/Rates and Charges Policy. The board has had a company by the name of Jviation working on the policy for many weeks. With many modifications the board has requested Jviation to make, the board thinks they can hopefully come to consensus with a recommendation to send to the Heber City Council for final approval.

The purpose of the open house was for the Airport Board to get comment from airport users and hanger owners after they had a chance to review the most recent Lease/Rates and Changes Policy. Many concerned hanger owners have come to recent meetings to offer suggestions. Some hangar owners were confused as to whom the open house was for. This open house was for was for new airport hanger lease owners, not existing ones.

Following some heated discussion between the board and the hanger owners, it is clear there is a much bigger issue at hand with existing leases that needs to be resolved. One sticking point in the discussion is what direction Heber City is going to go between reversionary vs. non-reversionary existing leases. The airport has many of both kinds of leases and there is confusion as to what happens to existing hangar owner’s leases at the end of their term or upon the sale of their lease. Some confusion remains such as, if it is a non-reversionary lease now and an owner sold it, would it go to reversionary like the policy that has been drafted says it will?

The Heber City Airport board listened to all the owner’s comments, and at their next meeting, will hopefully begin discussions to clarify many of the hangar owner’s concerns.

Erik Rowland, Airport Board Chairman, made it clear that the airport board’s job is only to take in information given to them, determine what - in their estimation would most benefit the airport - and make a recommendation to the Heber City Council. The Heber City Council has the final vote.
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