Commission gives airport money for new hangars (updated)

Published 8:48 pm Monday, March 11, 2013

The Chilton County Commission unanimously voted on Monday to give the Chilton County Airport $25,000 for 12 years for the use of new hangars.

Commission Chairman Allen Caton said some of the commissioners met with members of the Chilton County Airport Authority during a work session on March 4 and discussed upcoming plans for the airport.

Caton said some of the plans included building more hangars at the airport in an effort to bring in additional revenue for the airport.

“It was a good report,” Caton said. “The board is asking us for $25,000 a year that will be taken out of the Trade School and Industrial and Rural Development Fund to pay for some more hangars.”

Commissioner Shannon Welch made a motion to deduct $25,000 a year for the next 12 years out of the county’s Trade School and Industrial and Rural Development Fund with commissioner Greg Moore seconding the motion.

Commissioner Heedy Hayes said he thought the $25,000 sounded “cheap” for the purchase of new hangars but Airport Authority Chairman Craig Cleckler said the money would be used at a lending institution where the $25,000 would be used as collateral to borrow more funds for the hangars.

“It is a win-win situation,” Cleckler said. “Thankfully the lending institutions allow a resolution from the commission as an asset.”

Cleckler said with the funds from the commission, hangars would hopefully be up and functioning within the next six months.

“This will put us in a very cash positive position,” Cleckler said.

Commissioner Joe Headley said a lot of people were asking him for more information on the status of Chilton Medical Center and asked if there were any new updates.

Commissioner Tim Mims who serves as a liaison for the commissioners and the hospital board said he had not been able to go to the recent hospital meeting on March 7 due to illness.

“I have been sick so I wasn’t able to attend but evidently nothing much was discussed,” Mims said.

Commissioner Bobby Agee called an executive session under a pending legal matter and commissioners met for more than 30 minutes.

When the meeting was called back to order Caton said the commission would like to meet with members of the Chilton County Humane Society during a future work session on March 18.

County litter agent Libby Ratliff asked for the commission’s support with Alabama Pals—a statewide organization that addresses litter prevention.