Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 6, 2013

Airport open house announced

City votes to allow public to see changes made to facility

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens City Council took action on four items during a special meeting on Wednesday at the City Hall annex.

The council set the date for an open house at the Athens Municipal Airport. The event has been in the planning stages by the Airport Advisory Board for the past few months.

The board began taking steps to create the gathering after reading a recommendation from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

The idea is to let the pubic see some of the changes that have been made to the facility, and familiarize themselves with what goes on at the local airport.

The open house will be held June 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Airport Board Member Charles Tidmore asked the council to approve the following Saturday as an alternate date. The council approved June 8 as a backup, in the event of inclement weather.

The council also voted to authorize the city to participate in the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative. The collective buying power of Texas government entities enables them to save money on many purchases. Athens can participate at no cost to the city.

The council also canceled the regularly-scheduled meeting set for March 11. City Administrator Pam Burton said some of the city officials will be unavailable on that date.

In an addendum to the original agenda, the council voted to cancel the municipal election scheduled for May 11. Mayor Jerry Don Vaught and Councilman Monte Montgomery were the only candidates to file in their respective races, and will be sworn in for full 2-year terms. In late 2012, Vaught replaced longtime Mayor Randy Daniel, who resigned to become Precinct 1 Henderson County Justice of the Peace.

Montgomery was picked to fill Vaught’s seat on the council.