City committee will study airport options by David Lias Vermillion Mayor Bill Radigan will soon appoint a committee made up of two pilots, two city council members, and a citizen to study proposed changes at the Vermillion Airport.
Two factors are involved in this decision: EPA regulations require that the city remove the underground fuel tanks at the airport by the end of this year, and the city's agreement with the Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at the airport, Midwest Flying Center, is due to end Oct. 15.
The Vermillion City Council authorized the mayor to appoint the committee after City Manager Jeff Pederson presented several options that could be considered.
One option that appears to be favored is to enter into an agreement with Automated Fuel Systems, a Chamberlain company that installs above-ground, automated fueling systems at smaller airports like Vermillion's.
Since it is unlikely that the committee's study would be complete by the time the city's agreement with Midwest Flying Center expires, the council agreed to continue its relationship with the FBO for an indefinite period of time, subject to 15 days termination notice.
This will give Midwest Flying Center a chance to discuss proposed changes at the airport with the council.