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Airport Lease Holders Still Unhappy with New Terms

The Menominee Regional Airport dominated the agenda at the Menominee County Board of Commissioners meeting at the Stephenson Annex Tuesday evening.
Commissioners heard from several pilots that have leases at the airport about changes that have been made in their lease agreements, primarily reducing the length from 20 to 10 years. One of the pilots, George Sporlee, stated that the ten year terms are not long enough for them to be of any value. He added that he has spoken to other hangar lease holders and some of them are actively seeking to move to other airports.
County Administrator Jason Carviou received support from the board of commissioners to have another option in dealing with the lease agreements. In addition to the 10 year lease being offered, the county will offer pilots with current leases a term equal to the time left on the current lease if it is more than 10 years. Commissioner John Nelson felt the current ten-year agreement is not enough time for the investment that pilots put into their hangars. Eviction is still an option if the county and the pilot cannot come to an agreement.
In other action, commissioners heard an update from Menominee County Emergency Services Coordinator Richard Sexton about the disaster declaration from the county. He did state that many of the roadways and problems have gotten better and that investigators from FEMA would be in the county soon to look over the damage and see if a federal disaster declaration will be made.
Commissioners also approved the new Indigent Appointment Attorney Agreement to help public defenders with costs incurred with the defense of clients in criminal cases. The county will provide additional money for the program until October when the state raises their reimbursement.

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