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Secrets revealed: Things could have been different at airport

Scott Seitz2 • Jan 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

After more than 25 years of silence, former Norwalk city councilman Lynn Szabo spoke to the Reflector about the city's past involvement and eventual severing of ties with the Huron County Airport.

"There was an unwritten agreement between the city and county that the city would help fund the airport," Szabo said. "The amount the city would contribute would vary from year to year depending on the upcoming projects. The amount would be $15,000, $20,000 or $25,000 a year. The city would match what the county put in."

During the 1980s, Szabo said city officials believed the Norwalk-Huron County Airport had much potential for development.

"The city felt the airport was an asset," he said. "It was one more way to attract businesses to the area."

Norwalk officials believed in the 1980s that annexing the airport property into the city was the answer to increased development.

"Then, the airport could receive water, sewer and other city services," Szabo said. "The city could also collect income taxes."

So, city officials, including Szabo, started the annexation process by meeting with township trustees and county commissioners. It was during the process that things went south, and Norwalk stopped funding the airport.

To find out what happened, read the story published Monday in the Norwalk Reflector. So you don't miss stories such as this one, you can subscribe to the Norwalk Reflector to receive home delivery and/or the e-paper, which is a complete digital replica of each issue. For more information, call (419) 668-3771 or click HERE.

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