Commissioners refuse to sign airport grant application

The Huron County commissioners ended all suspense Thursday and voted down the airport's federal grant application.
Scott Seitz2
Aug 3, 2012

 

The Huron County commissioners ended all suspense Thursday and voted down the airport's federal grant application.

The application needed the commissioners' approval and signature before it could be forwarded to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its consideration.

The vote to turn down the application was 3-0.

The commissioners also voted to send a four-page letter to Dennis Sokol, airport board president, and the airport board members explaining the reasons for their decision.

The grant could have brought about $232,000 in federal funds to the airport for improvements, including tree removal and drainage work.

See Friday's Norwalk Reflector for complete story.

Comments

johngalt57

Call Tiffin Air Service or Griffing Flying Service. They provide charter service from Huron County airport on a regular basis.

signersdecendant

I thought Griffing was closing! Still did not answer what use this airport is to citizen's like me!
I see only farm land with a concrete strip there! I hardly ever see a plane take off or land!
It would serve a better purpose grow corn there! And If you need trees removed why not contact a lumber company that would pay for the trees, even for chipped lumber for OSB lumber, instead of paying for them to be removed? The commissioners did the right thing turning down the grant, until these issues with the Airport board can be resolved!

johngalt57

Griffing is closing but moving their business to Ottawa_Erie County airport. Last year a company from Akron looked at the trees and declared them useless scrub.

shiftmx24

your wrong, planes come and go all day i can look out my bay window and see planes take off and land and my dauughter loves it she makes plane noises and runs around the yard flapping her arms....i dont want the airport to shut down just because my daughter gets soo excited when she sees a plane

VerbalKint

There is no use to citizens like you or the other 60k Huron Countians. It is only useful if you are a plane owner (in or out of this county) and you want to use COUNTY PROPERTY as your own playground while receiving cheap fuel and hangar space.

chicken noodle

If the Comissioners appointed the airport board do they have the power to fire the airport board for incompetence ???

Windy

If they could have, they would have by now, but they have no grounds to do so. The fact is that the Commissioners have appointed two cronies to the airport board to try to sabotage it. There were much more qualified candidates who applied for those two seats, but they were not selected because they wanted to make the airport profitable, not kill it. The two cronies were planted there to try to devalue the airport because the Commissioners think they will be able to sell it to Bader if it gets run into the ground. The three COUNTY Commissioners actually think they have more authority than the FEDERAL Aviation Administration. They are sadly mistaken and, unfortunately, we the taxpayers will be forced to pay the price for their stupidity and greed. This November we will be able to vote in some county servants who are NOT in a local businessman's pocket or who allow certain county employees to get away with special privileges like not paying his property taxes.

VerbalKint

"no grounds to do so"....? Are ya kiddin' me?

Windy

Verbal, Seeing your numerous comments on this article written in such a short span of time, it is quite apparent that you are shaking in your boots. Is someone afraid of losing his job this November? LOL

VerbalKint

Yes, and I would bet they will. If I’m not mistaken board members are appointed to five year terms? They are appointed by the Commissioners, when their term is up the Commissioners have the option to not reappoint them. I hear through the grapevine that the President of the airport board (could be another member) may be up for reappointment at the end of the year.

dchar

Do we have the authority to recall and impeach the three commisisoners for their incompetence, lies, continual distortion of the truth and for their criminal negligence, if so, we should be doing that immediately before they bankrupt this county. Too bad we can't impeach they for stupidity. Essex (Ralph or Verbal as he calls himself) should also be brought up on charges, fired from his job, and thrown off the airport board for his malfeasance as a county employee.

propman

Why would the commissioners fire the airport board for the commissioner's own incompetence?

SickOfTheStupidity

You ever just get sick of hearing about the same old crap? How about this? Summit brings a tremendous amount of business to the Norwalk area that benefits locally owned businesses. People buy gas, rent hotel rooms, visit local restaurants, etc. etc. etc. Sell the property to a great locally owned business for fair market value. At least the insanity will stop and it will actually be used without costing the taxpayers money! Enough is enough. We need an airport like we need a nuclear reactor at the reservoir. Go to Sandusky. It's centrally located and thirty minutes away, even with cedar point traffic.

johngalt57

Dear Sick: The Sandusky-Griffing airport is closing At the end of the year. Huron County Airport cannot be closed or sold without FAA approval. Now that the commissioners have demonstrated and unwillingness to comply with their FAA grant obligations to maintain a safe airport for two years in a row, an administrative law judge will laugh them out of the court room. If the commissioners truly wanted to gain favor with the FAA and get them on their side, the commissioners would comply with the grant obligations currently in effect and meet the other requirements which is demonstrate how closing this airport will benefit aviation overall. The commissioners are not even following the recommendations of their own Clark and Winestock report in this regard.

shiftmx24

You beat me to it by a minute lol....and who do you think is going to pay the fines for the violations that arent getting fixed...

propman

You mean the report they have and will continue to deny ever paying for? What was it, something like $7,500.00 of county money?

shiftmx24

The grant wouldnt cost taxpayers money its just going to go to another airport....and the sandusky airport is shuting down...so closest airport will now be port clinton if norwalk does shut down....and if bill bader jr wouldnt pay the 10,000 to use the airport what makes you think hes going to pay market value for the airport....its obvious whats going on and greed is to blame....prices go up on things every day, what makes them so special

VerbalKint

Wrong, the closest airport is in WILLARD. I believe there may also be on outside of Wakeman but not sure about that one.

And if I'm not mistaken, didn't the county highway/engineer's office offer to mow and clean up the area thereby no need for the grant?

hcvoter53

Hi Carl, Aren't you still at County Engineers Office working?? Remember I pay your salary...

VerbalKint

Well hello hcvoter53, and no I am not Carl just a TAXPAYER that is tired of a select few using HURON COUNTY PROPERTY and HURON COUNTY LIABILITY for their own personal playground. Get over it and yourselves. It is YOU vs the major big bucks for the taxpayer Summit....YOU LOSE.

FTFOI

ref to Wilsdorf at the bottom ------People like you that think that way are why this country is for far in debt. THERE IS NO FREE MONEY QUIT ASKING FOR HANDOUTS. Go get a freaking job and support yourself.

Windy

FTFOI - Another airport in Ohio thanks you for your generosity by sending Huron County's $300,000 in grant money to THEM so that they can improve THEIR airport and THEIR local economy.

FTFOI

They are welcome

Ralph Wiggum

We should be thanking them along with offering the worthless dump we're still stuck with as a bonus.

Windy

Oh Ralphie, I thought you wanted to give the airport to the racetrack? Now you say the airport is worthless? Make up your mind . . . oh, how foolish of me . . . you don't have one.

Windy

Hey Reflector - Why are you airing ads in Spanish?

HolmesSPH

Why is everyone so surprises by this, Commissioners have been saying for sometime now they weren't in favor lol... You people act like you haven't already acted like hula-gins on this site already over this issue :-)

Windy

Holmes, sometimes people are surprised by how ignorant their elected officials can truly be. I, for one, thought the Commissioners would do the right thing and sign the grant application this time, putting a local company (with their local employees) to work to fix documented safety hazards all at ZERO cost to the local taxpayers, especially since our unemployment is up to 9.1%. Instead, the "three stooges" continue to live in a fantasy world, believing themselves to be above the law, and making decisions which will eventually cost the local taxpayers LOTS of money. But WHY? WHY would the Commissioners put the County at such high risk for a lawsuit and fines from the FAA? WHY would they make false statements and twist facts? It is painfully obvious that our three Commissioners have a hidden agenda with their hands VERY deep in a local businessman's pockets, because NOBODY could be THAT stupid!

Reasonable

What a great group of politiicans we have. First we have 3 liars, one of which feels he's above the law because he doesn't agree with it. Of course their stoley Essex is a tax cheat, and he rents to another commissioers Silcox, who is a liar and a fraud, and then there is Bauer who won't talk about selling the airport in public becasue he doesn't want to upset local farmers who use the crop duster. Criminal Negligence. That wil be the charge if someone kills themselves when they hit the trees at the end of the runway. The commissioners will be sued individually, and the county will take the rest of the brunt. If the FAA says the county is obligated in PERPETUITY to operate the facility as an airport, and these 3 idiots who have been talking about sellling haven't lifted a finger to even ask the FAA to consider, what does that tell you intelectual geniuses. Just like their own Clark & Winestock report from last year. THE FAA WILL NOT AUTHORIZE THE SALE OF THE HURON COUNTY AIRPORT, otherwise these jackasses would have already tried to close and sell it to Bader. Big question should be what kind of kickbacks are the 3 commissioners getting from Bader and his supporters to spread all the lies. These are 3 criminals along with the county employee tax cheat who need to be replaced in November .... Tom DUNLAP & Sharon WARD will support protection of the citizens of this county, and they won't pay $1000 for 2 picnic tables for county employees to use a few months out of the year.....

VerbalKint

Some serious accusations and name calling....which is perhaps all you have?

The Commissioners/taxpayers see how poorly this airport board has managed the facility while contributing no revenue to Huron County. Don't fret, you can always put your little planes in Willard or some other nearby location.

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