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Commissioners sign off on Cherokee-Alfalfa County Regional Airport


September 11, 2019

submitted by Mike Irwin

Alfalfa County's Aline firefighters recently took part in the Fire Fighter 1 training program, an extensive 11-week training course over structural fires. From left: Jessica Green, Cole Bigbey, Michael Sacket, Corey Zimbelman, Jeff Irwin and Mike Irwin (front).

Officials in Alfalfa County gave signatures Monday morning entering into an agreement with the City of Cherokee on future Cherokee Municipal Airport operations and expansions. The agreement, presented by the City of Cherokee's Mike Jones, calls for the City and County to work cooperatively in jointly operating and facilitating expansion and development to the airport. The agreement went into effect September 1 and is slated to continue until June 2024, and shall be renewed each year on or before September 1. Per the agreement, termination may be made prior to the expiration of the one year term by either party without cause (at least 90 days prior to the beginning of each city fiscal year).

The airport will continue to be owned and maintained by the City of Cherokee who has been working on expansions (for that of runway and taxiways), fuel sales and other capital improvements. The agreement goes on to say that both parties (City and County) will be responsible for providing funds for the maintenance, operation and capital improvements of the airport, and that both parties will share in the revenue (generated by the airport). All revenue received will remain at the airport.

An advisory board must be reestablished for the newly named Cherokee-Alfalfa County Regional Airport to consist of seven members – three appointed by the county commissioners and four to be appointed by the Cherokee City Council.

Commissioners took care of other business – all routine items were signed off on, along with a road agreement between Alfalfa County's District 3, Farmer's Exchange Coop and the Town of Helena. They also approved a bridge inspection invoice and report of conference for all three districts.

Next, a motion to appoint Darin Lancaster for Fair Board member in District 2 was carried. Discussion ensued on tentatively changing monthly officer meeting times and without any unforeseen business, the meeting adjourned.


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