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January 9, 2013

City talks airport

Air show is in early planning stages

Athens —

The Athens City Council took an early look at several airport related issues that are likely to be appearing on future agendas during a workshop on Wednesday.

City Dire-ctor of Plann-ing and Deve-lopment Gary Crecilius said the Airport Advisory Board is scratching the surface of bringing an air show to the airport. At a December meeting, Crecilius said the board talked about scheduling a “fly-in and open house.”

Crecilius said the board would take perhaps a year to 18 months to put the occasion together, then come back to the council for final approval.

Crecilius also gave a progress report on the planning for a new sign for the airport. The sign would be placed on Loop 7 at the entrance to Airport Road. The project will cost about $8,000. Any signage must conform to city standards and be approved by the City Council. It would include the name of the airport and the elevation of the city.

Concerning another agenda item, the Council discussed filling the vacancy on the Airport Advisory Board left by R.W. “Dick” Dwelle, who resigned recently. Dwelle, a longtime Athens resident and board member, has moved to the Dallas area. City Administrator Pam Burton said Steve Grant has been recommended by the board members as Dwelle’s replacement and has said he would serve, if chosen.

The council also honored former Mayor Randy Daniel for his service to the city. Daniel resigned in November to become Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace.

Mayor Pro-tem Jerry Don Vaught presented Daniel a plaque on behalf of the city and a gold watch with an inscription commemorating his tenure at city hall from 2005 to 2012.

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