Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors receives award

By | April 12, 2019 8:30 am

By Ron Moses

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors, which may be the only board in the state to include four different governing bodies (City of Sparta, White County, City of Cookeville, and Putnam County), has been award the Governing Body of The Year award, according airport manager Dean Selby.

Selby said he is proud of the award and gives a lot of credit for it to the cooperation of the four governing bodies and their working so well together.

“If we are doing enough that the state is recognizing us, I think that is pretty cool,” said Selby. “People don’t believe me when I tell them we are operating with four different entities. They ask how we work together. I am pretty impressed that we can come together. I think that is one of the reasons we are making so much progress, not just in this area but, in a lot of areas.”

In other business, the board voted unanimously to set forth a resolution to approve a Tennessee Department of Transportation road right-of-way transfer status. According to Selby, all four governments will need to approve the transfer. The board agreed that the four governments would sign off on the transfer of the 1,600 square foot parcel of land.

Also approved was wording changes to the lease of TN Flying Machines.

In addition, the board also discussed an incident that occurred on March 29 where an aircraft ran off the runway and caused damage to one of the runway lights. Selby said repair of the light is nearing completion. Following a discussion, the board approved the airport financial statements and total fuel sales were down to $12,777 from the $21,893 sold at this time last year.

Sparta Mayor Jeff Young, Sparta Alderman Hoyte Jones, Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton, and White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson were not present.

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