City: air­port vi­o­lated con­tract

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fied by the city. AEA had no cov­er­age from July 24 past Sept. 16, and this was the sec­ond lapse AEA had in the past 12 months.

AEA Man­ager Rusty Anglin said the in­sur­ance com­pany has ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for the lapse, be­cause the pol­icy was never sup­posed to have been can­celled. He said he was shop­ping for cheaper in­sur­ance and the pol­icy was ac­ci­den­tally dropped. For the time be­ing, he said the cur­rent in­sur­ance has been re­newed through Jan­uary 2010, but Mayor Kim Carter said that of­fi­cially, the con­tract was still breached.

The con­tract has not yet been ter­mi­nated, be­cause the coun­cil was un­sure about how the city would pro­ceed without an FBO. As a re­sult, the coun­cil voted to ter­mi­nate the con­tract con­tin­gent on a re­port from the city at­tor­ney and city man­ager af­ter they had re­ex­am­ined the con­tract and the im­pli­ca­tions of the city tak­ing over the FBO.

Coun­cilmem­ber John Howard said there run­ning an FBO is a com­pli­cated process and the coun­cil will think out their plan.

City At­tor­ney Ed Crudup said the city owns the build­ing, and without fur­ther re­search, he be­lieved the city would take over op­er­a­tion tem­po­rar­ily un­til an­other FBO was found.

How­ever, Mayor Kim Carter said the cur­rent sys­tem of hav­ing an out­side com­pany run the city’s air­port is an outdated method, which is only used by a hand­ful of

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