Adding more T-hangars is another goal. Currently 18 planes are on the list waiting to rent space at the airport, Heinen said. New managers work behind the scenes Despite claims that the new managers arent fulfilling their contract, Thatcher said the city is 100 percent satisfied with the performance and service provided by Heinen Brothers Agra Services, who has held the fixed-based operator and manager contracts since June, 2013. The contract was written in a way to allow the company not to have someone there 100 percent of the time. Heinen said that was intentional because they knew as aerial spray applicators, they couldnt always be there, especially during the spray season. Thats different than the way the airport used to be run. Heinen said all of the things required to keep an airport going are being taken care of behind the scenes, including safety requirements and inspections. The airport manager contract calls for Heinen Brothers to provide an on-site manger, which the company had until a few months ago. A few people have been interviewed for the position. There are some exciting things wed like to do out there, but were kind of hamstrung right now, Heinen said. Hangars in dispute Currently usage of two T-hangars on the north side of the airport is in dispute. Those hangars, which are larger than other hangars for rent, were supposed to be turned over to Heinen Brothers, which the city has not been able to do because the former airport manager Mike Spicer has occupied them, according to Thatcher. The city has not been able to fulfill its contract with Heinen Brothers, Thatcher said. Its been said theres been discrimination because they wont have a hangar to do maintenance out of. Its not the citys requirement to provide any business with a building for them to carry business on. Heinen said the issue isnt that they wont lease to Spicer or want to keep him from doing maintenance at the airport. The issue is, his company is entitled by contract to use the two hangars in question. In an ongoing civil case, a district court judge recently ruled that Spicer has a right to lease space at the airport but that the city could also evict them with notice, url Thatcher said. A formal letter has been sent to Spicer informing him of the eviction, Thatcher said.
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