Kremmling restructures McElroy Airport hangar leases
December 20, 2007
McElroy Airport was one of the main topics of discussion at Wednesday’s meeting of the Kremmling Board of Trustees.
Acting on Town Manager Ted Soltis’ recommendation, the town adopted a modified version of Grand County government’s new lease agreement and rate structure for the renting of McElroy Airport’s hangars.
Under the new hangar leases, an annual automatic rate increase is included.
McElroy Airport, located on the southeastern side of Kremmling, has five hangars that it leases. It is jointly owned by the town and county. The county owns and operates Granby Airport, Grand County’s only other airfield.
Soltis said three of the leases at McElroy Airport had already expired, and he recommended the other two be terminated, which the board also approved. The renters of the hangars will begin their new leases Jan. 1.
In a related matter, Grand County Planning Director Kris Manguso updated the town board on the proposed future expansion of Kremmling’s airport. She explained that under the master plan, no new construction above a certain height will be permitted to be built within its Federal Aviation Administration-approved buffer zone. Existing structures, including those at the fairgrounds, are exempt.
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The actual expansion of the airport is not expected to begin for about 10 years.
Kremmling trustees, Grand County commissioners, other county officials and representatives of the FAA are scheduled to meet on the proposed airport expansion on Feb. 26.
In other business at its final meeting of 2007, the Kremmling Board of Trustees approved four spending resolutions. The first was to set the wages and salaries for town employees and positions in 2008.
The remaining three resolutions were to cover any spending that exceed what was originally included in the 2007 budget. One of those resolutions was to appropriate additional money to defray expenses in excess of those budgeted for the town’s capital replacement fund. This covered the final $385 payment on a vehicle purchase.
Another resolution passed by the board was to appropriate additional funds to defray expenses in excess of 2007 budget amounts for the town’s grant fund. This will pay for the emergency repair of the town’s water line that failed last summer and some preliminary engineering for the “Roof the Rink” project to build a permanent protective roof over the town’s hockey/skating rink.
The final resolution was for appropriating additional funds to defray expenses in excess of the budgeted amounts in the town’s general fund. It will cover town manager and administrative staff pay increases, pay some legal expenses and reimburse Kremmling Police Officers called to testify in several court cases.
Town Clerk Sharon Cesar reported some good news. She said the town’s sales tax revenues are currently $18,624 ahead of last year at this same time.
Public Works Director Doug Moses told the trustees that the town was ready to start requesting bids for the demolition of the old fire department building located opposite the northeastern corner of the Town Square. He said the building has become a public safety issue with part of its front stonework crumbling and its rear walls starting to collapse.
The board gave its approval to a request by the Grand County Happy Paws 4-H Dog Club to use the Town Square as the site of its dog show next July. The club’s 4-H leader Caroline Smith explained that holding the show in the Town Square would make the event “more visible” for the participants and the public to enjoy. In granting the request, the board directed Smith to coordinate the event with the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce.