Airport leases extended for continued aviation use
Multiple business leases expand business activity at the municipally owned airport
–At Tuesday’s Paso Robles City Council meeting, the council approved extended multiple airport leases that will support continued aviation use and expanded business activity the Paso Robles Municipal Airport. The is owned by the City of Paso Robles, with various leaseholds around the airport subject to ground and facility leases of mixed terms and conditions.
Assistant City Manager Meg Williamson said the extended leases include new rental terms that are beneficial to the airport’s income stream which helps pay for the maintenance and services needed to operate the airport. “Additionally, a lease amendment was approved with Applied Technologies Associates that will expand the footprint of their business campus and aid in their operations at the airport,” she said.
Paso Robles City Councilmember John Hamon recused himself from the vote on these lease items which formed part of the consent agenda. Hamon’s leases at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport recently raised questions about a possible conflict of interest in regards to him voting on airport matters. Paso Robles City Attorney Iris Yang said the rules regarding conflict of interest are complex, but that Hamon is not in breach of FPPC regulations.
On Thursday, May 26 the Paso Robles City Council held a special meeting to identify the future of the Paso Robles Municipal Airport management structure. The recommended option by the Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) was that an Airport Commission be formed (similar to the Paso Robles Planning Commission) and work with city staff to streamline airport operations. The motion was approved unanimously by council who directed staff to come back to the council with an ordinance or resolution to implement a change from the Airport Advisory Committee to an Airport Commission.
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