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January 30, 2013

Authority to discuss proposed museum

Airport board members to get update on new fuel saving device

WILEY FORD, W.Va. — During the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority meeting today, Airport Manager Ryan Shaffer is set to discuss the proposed aviation heritage museum and provide an update on a fuel reclaiming device.

Board members approved the purchase of the device, known as a sump saver, during the October meeting. One sump saver would cost about $10,000 with $7,500 to purchase it and about $2,500 to install it, Shaffer said. Shaffer suggested that the authority start with one fuel saver for the Jet A fuel and consider purchasing another one for low-lead fuel.

Also during the October meeting, authority attorney Jeff Getty agreed to draw up the terms of the lease to rent the former Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. hangar for the proposed museum. The terms of the lease for the hangar rent would likely be $1,600 a month for the next eight months. The Kelly-Springfield office would be rented out for $900 a month.

Retired Northwest Airlines Capt. Steve Van Kirk and his brother Malcolm Van Kirk approached the authority in September with a proposal for the museum. It will take about eight months before the Van Kirks can obtain a license for the nonprofit museum.

Also, Chairman Max White is set to discuss the search for legal counsel to fill Getty’s position. Getty retired from the authority effective Dec. 31.

Other agenda topics include discussion on crack repair, the maintenance shop, governing authority, a drug policy, a new secretary, town hall meeting, club parking/pavers, a new board member and a sexual harassment/grievance policy. The authority plans to go into executive session to discuss hangars and employee matters.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Cohongaronta Room at the airport.

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