For anyone watching the developments at the Whiteside County Airport as they transition from their previous administration, M&M Aviation, it may still come as a surprise that the airport board has banned M&M Aviation from participation as a vendor at their “Aviation Career Day” event.
It was a surprise to us. When we inquired of the airport board, the county administrator and county board chairman, why we were being prevented from appearing, we received no response.
So, M&M Aviation addressed the full County Board at its meeting Aug. 21:
“I received the following without explanation on August 3rd:
‘”We have received your registration to participate in the 2018 Whiteside County Airport Aviation Career Day. Unfortunately, the exhibitor registration is for confirmation of invited exhibitors. There will not be an invitation forthcoming to M&M Aviation for the 2018 event.’
“Checking the airport’s Web page, we found no information that indicated by invitation only. We didn’t understand why our business wouldn’t be included even if it WAS by invitation only.
“We find it unfair that the airport is preventing a business, with offices in Whiteside County, owned by persons who are taxpaying, land owners in Whiteside County from being able to participate at an event held on county property, sponsored by taxpayers’ funds.
“As this is anti-business and a prejudicial decision, we have asked for reconsideration. Having had no response from the airport board, we now appeal to the county board to provide an increased oversight as the airport makes a decision that is, by all reasonable people, not in the best interest of the county.”
The vindictiveness and animosity shown to M&M Aviation by the board is staggering. To us, this is not expected professional behavior from people entrusted with a valuable asset.
Note to readers: Michael Dowell is owner of M&M Aviation.