The Huron County Airport Authority board members decided Wednesday to try and take their case all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Recently, the 6th District Court of Appeals in Toledo ruled the prior airport authority was responsible for the improper and unauthorized destruction of public records at the airport.
The records in question included fuel reports and audio recordings.
In the same ruling, the court ruled the Huron County commissioners were cleared of any wrongdoing in the public records case filed by Tod Wagner.
The 6th District Court of Appeals also sent the case back to the local trial court to determine damages and fees to be awarded to Wagner in the case.
Those damages and fees would be paid from the airport's budget, not from the county's insurance policy.
The airport authority can appeal and that's what the members decided to do Wednesday, saying they would consult with the prosecutor's office to see if it would represent the airport board at the supreme court level.
"We believe taking the case before the supreme court would be to our advantage," airport authority board member Carl Essex said.
"The question is, were the fuel level records public?" Essex added.
Board member J.W. Kelley said the airport is limited in what it can do, adding the board members are volunteer and don't normally have legal counsel present during meetings.
"Reading through this paperwork, we need to make sure legal counsel is on board," airport authority member Jeff Savage said.
Only Kelley was on the board during the time of Wagner's records requests.
"I think we should go ahead and appeal this," Savage added. "I don't see any reason not to."
In other business, the airport board approved a letter to be sent to the Federal Aviation Administration indicating the board has not yet finalized a long-term solution to alleviate the necessity for the brief and rare use of the runway by Summit Motorsports Park as a safe, alternative exit for vehicles during special non-aeronautical events.
The letter stated, "the sponsors will meet with our consultant(s), state and local officials and stakeholders to consider and deliberate various possible alternatives and potential long-term solutions."