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Letters to the Editor

Has questions about Whiteside Airport spending

Where is the oversight by the Whiteside County Board?

When the Whiteside County Airport Board voted to hire Mr. Heffelfinger as manager/FBO, he did not own one plane. The Minimum Airport Leasing Standard states, the lessee had to have at least two planes.

As of today, he has one plane. The board could look past Mr. Heffelfinger’s failure to meet the minimum standards, but the board could not look past the office space requirements they demanded of M&M Aviation.

The office space requirements are somewhat arbitrary to running a business, but the amount of planes is crucial to meet the requirements of flight training and rentals. It’s also interesting that Mr. Dowell was handed a letter to vacate immediately after the board voted for Mr. Heffelfinger.

The FAA will have input on the issue of exclusive use.

The Airport Board voted $2,500 for an Aviation Educational Day. It was more like a job fair. The taxpayers paid for the vendors to attend.

The maintenance hangar has been all revamped inside. I hope taxpayers didn’t pay for that. I was told by airport officials that pilots want their plans fixed where it looks nice. Pilots care more about the quality of mechanical work than interior decorating.

What was the reason for the seal coating at $8,600? Board member Jerri Robinson said it was good enough for the Rock Falls’ Sesquicentennial; why was this being voted on? Chairman Koster said for it to look nice for Aviation Day. $8,600!

The previous manager’s to-do list to the board stated: Radio Ranch parking lot crumbling, leaks in the terminal roof, and the drainage problem out on the airfield. Seems there are higher priorities than to have things look nice..

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