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Airport fee raise approved

Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday approved a 13 percent increase for hangar space rents and airplane tie-down charges at the county airport.

Under the new rate schedule, tie down charges will increase from $33 to $37 a month and hangar ground rents will jump from $44 to $50.



The new schedule for reserved aircraft parking goes into effect Feb. 1.




The increase is the first since 1997, said Airport Manager Gary Petersen.

The new charges are based on increases in the California Consumer Price Index from 1997 to June 2001, Petersen said, and are comparable to rates charged by similar nearby airports.

The county’s user fee committee reviewed the 13 percent increase and agreed the method used to establish the new rate was acceptable, and that the hike was overdue based on the rising cost of operating the airport, Petersen said.

In other business, Supervisor Elizabeth Martin passed the chair’s gavel to Barbara Green and reflected on the challenges faced and accomplishments made by the county over the past year.

“We’ve had a huge amount of challenge and a lot of pressure put on us by the outside world,” said Martin, who became chair a week before a shooting spree at the Behavioral Health Department and Lyon’s Restaurant left three dead and the community in shock.

Supervisor Peter Van Zant thanked Martin for her leadership over the year and her support of the community and county employees in wake of the Jan. 10, 2001 tragedy.

Van Zant – who referred to Martin’s year as chair as “the year Nevada County became a regional influence” – commended her for lobbying the state Legislature for $400,000 to fund the county’s pilot mental health program.

“We’ve never had a chairperson so tireless in representing Nevada County,” said Supervisor Bruce Conklin, who commended Martin for her ability to be sensitive to all issues.

Before taking office as District 5 supervisor a year ago, Green served 61/2 years on the county Planning Commission.

Van Zant, who is in his second term, was elected vice chair. He is most active in outreach to the business community and a good choice for vice chair considering the current economic situation, Conklin said.

In other business, the board approved a resolution renaming a portion of Loma Rica Drive near the Nevada County Airport John Bauer Avenue.

A former county employee and aviator, Bauer was killed in an automobile accident Memorial Day weekend.

With more than 17,000 flight hours, Bauer was an accomplished aviator and a leader in the airport community.

The road named after Bauer leads to the airport terminal building where he began and ended many flights.

Bauer worked in the county Assessor’s Office for more than 25 years.

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