April 09, 2020

Airport group to hear ideas for new hangar> General Aviation, Business Express seek more room

BANGOR — Hangars will top the agenda of the city’s airport committee, meeting at 4 p.m. today in the conference room at City Hall. It is one of three city meetings scheduled this afternoon and evening.

According to the agenda prepared for the councilors by Bob Ziegelaar, Bangor International Airport director, there has been some discussion of building new hangar space for General Aviation at the airport.

In addition, Ziegelaar wrote, “a corporate tenant has expressed interest in leasing new hangar space if it can be made available before the autumn of 1998.”

Another request for hangar space has come from Business Express Airlines, which now leases Hangar 13. The company, which intends to expand maintenance activities at BIA, would like to lease 8,000 square feet in Hangar 11, with the right of first refusal on the rest of the facility.

The cleanup of debris from the ice storm two weeks ago will be one of the topics when the finance committee meets at 5 p.m. today. Pulp loaders started a week ago to pick up some of the material to clear roads and sidewalks.

“It is imperative that we remove as much of this material as quckly as possible to prevent debris brought to the curb from being buried in future plowing operations and prevent long-term blockage of the sidewalks,” Arthur Stockus, Public Works director, wrote in a recent memo on the subject.

Stockus believes the cleanup will take four to six weeks.

The universal hope is that the recent storm won’t be repeated in Maine, but no one seems ready to bet on that. Also on the finance agenda will be discussion of the possible purchase of an ice-breaking attachment for the city’s grader.

Meeting at 6 p.m. today will be a city committee that does not include councilors. The Board of Ethics will hold its fourth meeting on the topic of fund raising in the city’s behalf.

The resident panel of seven began meeting in November after the council approved an audit and study of fund-raising activities for Cascade Park, which was restored several years ago.

Former Councilor Marshall Frankel, who had spearheaded the campaign, had continued to conduct some activities for the park in recent years. He turned over $26,600 and some receipts in September 1996 to wrap up the previous three years of fund raising.

After the audit, the council asked the ethics board to look at the broad range of fund raising done for the city and consider whether portions of the city charter should be redone to make sure that funds are gathered under the best guidelines.

During the second and third meetings, the board heard from several department heads about fund-raising activities connected to their areas of city government.

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