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Commissioners clarify ownership of county airport hangers

Friday, February 15, 2008

Mississippi County news

CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County has a new policy for hangars at the county airport: the owners can keep them as long as they maintain them in good condition.

Commissioners announced the policy during their regular meeting Thursday during a discussion with Bruce Austin of Charleston.

Austin attended Thursday's meeting to find out of he could sell his hangar.

The original contracts called for the hangars to become the property of the county 20 years after they were built.

"We're doing away with that policy," Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said.

Owners have in fact retained ownership and are paying real estate taxes for the hangars, Blumenberg noted.

Blumenberg said the only situation in which the county would take possession of a hangar at the county airport would be "if it got to be a public nuisance" at which time the county would tear it down.

"It would be an eyesore if not maintained," he added.

In the event a hangar is not maintained, the county's policy is "get it fixed or lose it," Blumenberg said.

There are about a half-dozen hangars at the county airport.

In other business Thursday:

* The new No. 7 road, which is located near the conservation area, will not be closed.

Commissioners said while there are some people who tear up the road and nearby fields while "mudding" in that area, all those who contacted them wanted the road to remain open.

The county does not have a legal right of way for the road but has performed maintenance on it for many years.

* Commissioners approved annual service contracts with the Mississippi County Rescue Squad and Mississippi County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

The Rescue Squad receives $2,500 each year in county funding and provides emergency rescue services, most of which is responding to vehicle accidents in which extrications are needed.

The RSPV Program receives 12.5 percent of the revenue from the county's Senior Citizens Sales Tax and provides many services for participants age 55 and over.

County Clerk Junior DeLay said the Senior Citizens Sales Tax brought in about $220,000 in 2007.