Lynn DeVault elected airport board chairman

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/19/17

The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority met on Friday to elect officers, approve some tweaks to a hangar design, held a lengthy discussion on lease agreements, and received updates from Jetport …

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Lynn DeVault elected airport board chairman

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The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority met on Friday to elect officers, approve some tweaks to a hangar design, held a lengthy discussion on lease agreements, and received updates from Jetport manager Mark Fidler.

Elected to chair the authority was Lynn DeVault, who has held this position before.

She replaces Lou Patten, who said he wanted to step back and allow someone else to take over as chairman for a while.

Vice chairman will be Verrill Norwood who recently received a five-year extension on the authority from the Cleveland City Council. Remaining as secretary/treasurer will be Steve Wright.

In keeping Norwood as a member of the  authority, the council also recommended the board be expanded to seven members.

Ben Chandler, who had been nominated to replace Norwood, is expected to be the first additional member, and the second may be Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, who told his fellow council members he would be willing to serve.

Architect Brian Locke brought an architect's rendering to Friday's meeting to show the board what is being proposed with the Preston/Luken hangar. 

"This is our ultimate design, and what you see is very straight forward," he said.

Locke added that they were asking for two colors for the walls and a light tan trim.

"We feel this is a readily neutral palate," he said.

The board seemed to agree that the planned colors for the exterior of the hangar were not far off from the required standards, and DeVault said, "I have no problem with the plan."

Authority members approved the request for the "small tweaks," and the  new hanger will be constructed near the Life Force hangar.

Fidler's report included an update on the recently completed runway extension. Jetport tenants, city council members, and some city staff were invited to attend a private review of the construction Saturday.

Rick Hudgens assisted the Jetport manager, showing a display of some of the final days of the runway work. He said the LED lights are bright, and seeding and sodding along the extension is progressing well. 

He said there have been a few little bumps along the way, but those are being resolved along with state approval. The two Jetport officials said the new runway is getting quite a bit of usage

In extensive discussion, authority members, led by DeVault, talked about the need for revisions to the existing language in the facility's lease agreement.

Due to an ongoing disagreement between the authority and Voice of Evangelism on the fuel flowage fee, and a termination of Voice of Evangelism's lease, DeVault obtained a legal interpretation of the situation.

Authority members agreed to talk with Voice of Evangelism representatives one more time, before seeking a legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General. 

In a related item, the board approved an extension for the lease of authority member Robbie Garrison. Garrison was offering to substitute his property location from Parcel N-14 for Parcel N-7. 

Another related item was the adoption of a lease monitoring and renewal procedure (handout) compiled by Fidler. Authority members were impressed by the document. Fidler has also agreed to monitor all lease agreements. 

The Airport Authority's next meeting was originally scheduled for Jan. 19, but has been changed to Jan. 26.

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