Airport Board approves entering Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System for employees

By | January 15, 2018 6:41 am

Last Updated: January 15, 2018 at 6:42 am

Recent action taken by the various governmental owners of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport will allow full-time airport employees of the airport to be part of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Following original discussions in November and approval from the four owners of Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, board members agreed during their January meeting to provide a retirement package to airport employees.

On Jan. 8, 2018, Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors addressed the ongoing discussion of whether to participate in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System for the airport’s two full-time employees.

During the board’s November 2017 meeting, a presentation from a representative with the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System was given to the board about allowing the airport’s two full-time employees to participate in the retirement program.

The TCRS is provided by the state for state employees, as well as government-based employees and government-funded organizations. The retirement program requires a match to be made by the employer and the employee.

For the airport board to approve entering into the TCRS, the airport owners – White County, Cookeville, Putnam County and Sparta – had to get approval from their respective boards. As of the January 2018 airport board meeting, Sparta, Putnam County, and Cookeville have approved the airport’s request to enter the TCRS. White County’s steering committee has approved the request and is waiting to receive full-court approval during the commission’s Jan. 22 meeting.

Following brief discussions from the board, members voted to approve entering in the TCRS for the airport’s two full-time employees, pending White County commissioners’ approval.

Another item that was discussed revolved around the airport’s hangar construction project.

Early in 2017, the airport board unanimously approved to expand the hangars on B-Row. This expansion project was awarded to J.A Sergio Bros. Construction and will create six new hangars.

Dean Selby, airport manager, provided an update for the board members on the project.

“Weather has just been horrible – they’re behind (schedule),” stated Selby. “They’re making progress, but they’re probably two weeks behind. They made some mistakes early on, and they had to fix some stuff.”

Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton, board member, asked Selby what kind of mistakes have happened.

“They had a surveyor come out to set their footers, and they marked them 6 inches off from where they were supposed to be,” said Selby.

According to Selby, the project engineers caught the mistake after the footers were already poured. The footers had to be demolished and reset. Sergio Construction will be responsible for this cost, stated Selby.

In other updates, Selby said a project to upgrade runway lighting at the airport is now complete.

Additional items on the agenda included:

-Approval of the financial reports

-The board was informed that the lead-in light project had been completed and the lights are now functional

-Selby is slated to attend a dispatchers/schedulers conference next month

-New diesel tanks have been installed and are now operational

Upper Cumberland Regional Board of Directors will have its next meeting at 5 p.m., Feb. 13, 2018.

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