After some discussion Tuesday evening, the El Dorado City Commission decided on an amount to charge for rent for the new t-hangars at the El Dorado Airport.
Brad Meyer, public works director, informed the commission the t-hangars, which had been approved for construction on March 18 of last year, were complete and ready to be occupied.
The Airport Advisory Board recommended a rate of $137.50 for single engine planes and $162.50 for twin-engine planes.
Meyer said city staff recommended $175 a month.
“Staff spent a lot of time going over what other airports local to us in our general area charge for the same size of hangar,” he said. “Every airport is different (in the features it offers). Staff originally came back $175 a month for the larger t-hangar was a reasonable rate.”
Mayor Mike Fagg asked why they didn’t build three or four larger hangars, since they don’t have a lot of demand for twin engines now, and 10 smaller ones.
“In following the business plan and master plan, both recommended moving toward being able to house larger planes,” Meyer said.
City Manager Herb Llewellyn added the plan was what the commission had adopted for the airport.
Commissioner Chase Locke asked if they could meet in the middle of the two recommendations.
Commissioner Bill Young agreed he was up for a discussion to meet in the middle.
“You’re occupying the space, so I am not keen on splitting that rate (with the two charges),” he said.
He had mentioned maybe $150, which Locke said sounded good to him.
But Fagg agreed with staff’s recommendation. He said if they set empty for a few months, then they could reduce the cost.
Meyer said they have a waiting list to move 10 planes into the new hangars right now.
Commissioner Nick Badwey then weighed in, saying he did not have a problem with $150.
“I like $175 because staff recommends it after their research,” Fagg said.
“The airport advisory board understands the market and airport community,” Young said. “They come in at $137.50. Staff understands the work that went in to it and did research on neighboring communities and came in at $175. That’s why I come in some where in the middle.”
He also pointed out the project was going to come in under budget.
Locke then made a motion to set the rental fee at $150 a month for all size planes. It was approved 3-1, with Fagg opposed. Commissioner David Chapin abstained because he is a renter at the airport.
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