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July 10, 2013

Airport board agrees to meeting time change

GUTHRIE — The Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport Board voted Tuesday to accept the Guthrie City Council’s measure moving the GERA board meetings from its current 4:30 p.m. slot to a 6 p.m. meeting time. The new meeting time would begin in August.

Board members voted 3-1-1 to approve the time change with Guthrie board members Joe Underwood, Sharyl Padgett and Edmond board member Gale Braden voting for it and Edmond board members Rowland Denman voting against it and Richard Geib abstaining. Guthrie board members Chuck Burtcher and Kerry Owens were absent.

Guthrie City Attorney Randel Shadid said the Guthrie City Council wanted to make the move in an effort to be more transparent and allow for greater public input.

Denman said moving the meeting time would be a hardship for the Edmond board members who have to drive to Guthrie and wouldn’t get home until after 7:30 p.m. He said he preferred going back to the board’s original 3:30 p.m. time slot.

Underwood and Padgett voiced their support for the time move.

“I know that we lost one board member because he couldn’t make the meeting time,” Underwood said. “I think the citizens need the opportunity to look us in the eye and tell us they don’t like what we are doing or tell us what they do like us doing.”

In other action, the board voted Denman to be its new chairman replacing former Guthrie board member Lamar Wade whose term had expired and was replaced by Padgett. Underwood was voted to be the new vice chairman. The board vote was 4-1 with Denman voting against his nomination.

GERA manager Justin Heid presented board members with several samples of airport bylaws and vision statements. The board currently doesn’t have either one.

Underwood said he thought this was a step in the right direction for the board.

“It’s definitely something that needs to happen,” Underwood said. “It’s something that we need to look at.”

Heid updated the board that while progress in the Northwest Development area has picked up there were several change orders that had to be made by the contractor Total Investment Inc. of Guthrie including unforeseen water and sewer line changes.

Heid said the total cost of the change orders is $140,000 with the City of Guthrie and City of Edmond splitting a 10 percent cost or $7,031 for each city’s share. He said the majority of the funding will come out of future Federal Aviation Administration funding for the airport.

In his airport manager’s report, Heid said the self-service credit card fuel machine is anticipated to be installed within the next three weeks; the airport has received one bid thus far for snow equipment and a tractor as part of a Fiscal Year 2014 FAA grant. He also has received multiple requests for 50x50 and 40x40 hangars and several inquiries about building in the corporate hangar development area.

“In the month of June I spoke with four additional individuals and businesses considering building in the corporate hangar development,” Heid said. “I have received multiple requests for 50x50 and 40x40 hangar spaces, but we currently don’t have any available locations.”

Heid and the board also took time to recognize Wade who was not present for his nine years of service to GERA.

“This airport has come a long way,” Heid said. “There is a lot of room for growth here that he helped provide for.”


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