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Rent waived at Paulding County airport to help tornado-damaged tenant
by Adam Elrod
December 27, 2012 03:59 PM | 1776 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Paulding County Airport Authority is giving some relief to one of their tenants damaged in last spring’s tornado.

McNeel Hangar officials appeared before the authority last week to ask if they could receive assistance on their rent because of loss of income.

The hangar had been destroyed on March 2 by a tornado right when the company was starting to turn a profit, said Morgan McNeel, owner of McNeel Hangar. The company was insured and followed all the steps to rebuild, but the insurance company moved slowly, which led to McNeel needing six months to obtain a new hangar, he said.

The authority granted a four-month waiver on rent.

“We granted the four months to match what we did for the [fixed base operator],” said Blake Swafford, airport director.

The fixed base operator is Paulding Jet Center which provides fuel and other services to pilots.

Because the airport was built with federal funding the authority rents – rather than sells — the land to their hangers and the operator, Swafford said. The total rent being waived is $3,056.

The authority reviewed the new floor plans for a second floor office space at the meeting. The space will have a copy room, conference room and some offices, which will cost $48,770 to build, Swafford said. They are hoping the construction will start around Jan. 7, and will only take about four weeks, he said.

The airport also will start hosting the Army for parachuting drills about seven times a month, said Paulding Jet Center operations manager Joe Sarber. Troops recently traveled to the airport, did close to 44 jumps and were so impressed with the facilities they want to use them again, he said.

The airport’s website is also receiving a facelift. Darren Callahan who maintains the website has updated it to make it easier to change and add new material, Swafford said. This way the airport can revise the site without paying someone to do it, he said.

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