space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Marines Suffer First Set Back
* Marines Win Mega Meet; Oconto Tops Crivitz Invite
* Area Athletes Standout at Rosholt/Suring Invites
* Peshtigo Stays Perfect to Pace Conference
* Peshtigo/Marinette Golf Teams Off To Strong Start

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Fuel Sales Beef Up Twin County Airport Finances

With their financial picture looking better than it has in years, Twin County Airport Commission after much discussion at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 27 gave tentative approval to a recommendation from Manager Tony Krysiak that they spend part of the money to replace the 1967 tug used to tow airplanes to and from hangars and for other tasks around the airport.

Krysiak said the old machine is on its last legs, and argued in favor of buying a refurbished “Global” machine at a quoted price of $16,000. The Commission agreed Krysiak should prepare some specifications, seek bids and report back in December.

Most of the unanticipated profit that beefed up the bottom line resulted from fuel sales nearly double what last year’s budget had projected, Krysiak said, adding they have under budgeted that income category again. Krysiak noted they currently have a checking account balance of $124,000. The only outstanding bills are $30,000 for a load of jet fuel, $17,000 for insurance and an audit cost of $3,500, which leaves a balance of $68,800, without taking into account income that will be received between now and the end of 2012. The $30,000 appropriation from Marinette and Menominee counties should be received in January, which would allow them to spend $16,000 for the tug and have an operating balance of $82,000, if there were no additional income at all.

The Commission without dissent approved a formalized fee schedule for airport space and services, with only two slight changes from last year. Effective Jan. 1, hangar space rent will increase to $325 per month for small planes and $600 per month for large ones. All other fees will remain unchanged.

They approved a revision to the lease agreement with Enstrom that amounts to a 50 percent increase - from 8 cents to 12 cents per square foot for airport space leased by the helicopter manufacturer.

Commission President Jason Lauzer and Krysiak had met with Steve Sanders of Enstrom to negotiate the new terms. The commission had sought a larger increase, but Enstrom did not agree. He will have Menominee County Legal Advisor Dan Hass draw up the lease amendment. Enstrom has already agreed to the terms. Lauzer said the 12 cents seems fair. The money involved is not significant, he said, adding that only the per square foot fee is negotiable at this point.

The fee remains low because several times over the years the commission had missed the windows during which they could have gradually increased the rent, so it remained at earlier levels. The rest of the lease agreement will not be open to negotiation until 2018.

Commissioner Nick Lakari commented the airport and Enstrom entered into the 55 year lease with Enstrom 50 years ago, so the entire document will come due in 2018.

The Commission readily accepted the very positive financial reports. “This was an outstanding year, we did work!” declared Commissioner Jim Pearson.

Nancy Douglas, director of the Menominee Business Development Corporation and head of the Twin County Task Force working with Explorer Solutions on plans to expand use of the airport and make it self supporting, reported on their progress late in the meeting. Before that happened, the Commission voted without dissent to advise Joe and Kyla Grinsteiner that they are not interested in entering into a long term lease with them for Twin County’s large hangar, but are willing to rent space to them.

Negotiations between the Commission and the Grinsteiners have been going on for several months. They had previously described plans to start small with a banner towing service based at the Menominee airport, and expand to charter service, an airplane repair facility and eventually a pilot’s training school.

Those are basically the types of businesses that consultant Christian Perreault of Explorer Solutions has recommended as compatible with the area, and at their Oct. 16 meeting the Commission had advised the Grinsteiners to work with Perreault and asked the consultant to contact them.

Concern of the Commission was that the Grinsteiners wanted to rent part of the hangar for now, and reserve right of first refusal for the rest of the available space, which they felt could stymie the types of development they want to encourage.

Douglas reported Joe Grinsteiner has decided he does not want to work with Explorer Solutions.

“I told him we are interested in having his plane in our hangar,” Krysiak said, “but at this point we are not interested in a long term lease.”

Lakari too commented that several attempts were made to open lines of communication, “but it hasn’t been fruitful.”

Commissioner Ted Sauve explained a proposal that Twin County hire some limited term Marinette County employees experienced in carpentry to do some maintenance chores at the airport this winter. Lauzer felt the idea is worth exploring, but said the Buildings and Grounds committee should decide which projects they want to pursue.

The Enstrom lease had been discussed during a 3:30 p.m. meeting of the Executive/Finance Committee with Lauzer and Lakari present and Commissioner Dale Berman excused on account of illness. Krysiak and Linesman Jeff LaFleur were also on hand, as were a few spectators.

Their meeting included a conference call with Chip Zens of Freight Runners to try to re-open some lines of communication. “We want to find out what we can do for each other and how and when do we go forward,” Lauzer told Zens. He said they both know sitting outside is not good for planes, “I’m a pilot and I want to find a way to get your airplane in our hangar!” He said Freight Runners has been a good customer of Twin County for 25 years, and buys a lot of fuel, and there is more that could be done here.

Freight Runners contracts with UPS for air delivery and pickup services.

“It’s unfortunate what happened in the past, when Gary Anderson (Commission chair) and his henchmen got in there,” Zens said. “It was pretty insane for a while.” He said he had not spoken with Krysiak since he took over from former airport manager Tim Spreen.

Zens said they had been renting hangar space for $500 a month, and now they are paying $25 a month more to park their plane outdoors. He explained some problems of contracting with UPS, and said the most his contract price can go up is 1 percent a year, while inflation has been averaging 1.4 percent.

Lauzer assured him they are not yet ready to set a space and services price, but the purpose of the conference meeting was to build a relationship again.

“I think this commission has moved forward by leaps and bounds this year,” Lauzer said, and Zens agreed. “It was important to get rid of the people that were destroying the airport,” he said. “I’m willing to work with you guys, but we’re tied to what we can afford. Lauzer told him they are working on a set of standard fees, and Zens agreed if he was charged the same as everyone else, “I wouldn’t feel so black listed.”

Part of the issue back when the dispute arose involving Freight Runners, Anderson, Spreen and LaFleur was that LaFleur was a part-time employee of Freight Runners when he was not on duty for the airport. Anderson and Spreen objected to some issues in that relationship, which Zens said actually benefitted other airport users.

To questions from the Commission, Zens said his planes pay $25 each time they land at Twin County, generally five times a week, and his monthly fees generally run about $700. He would be in interested in a flat fee arrangement, which Lauzer felt might help everyone.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
04-28-2016Sports
Marines Suffer First Set Back

04-28-2016Sports
Marines Win Mega Meet; Oconto Tops Crivitz Invite

04-28-2016Sports
Area Athletes Standout at Rosholt/Suring Invites

04-28-2016Sports
Peshtigo Stays Perfect to Pace Conference

04-28-2016Obituaries
Marian E. Smiltneck

04-28-2016Obituaries
Lucinda L. Reinhold

04-28-2016Obituaries
John M. Quinn II

04-28-2016Obituaries
Monica A. Nackers

04-28-2016Obituaries
Richard G. Mushynski                                 

04-28-2016Obituaries
Russell P. Linsmeier

04-28-2016Obituaries
Patricia A. Klann

04-28-2016Obituaries
Josephine E. Hilton

04-28-2016Obituaries
Delores T. Groy

04-28-2016Obituaries
Clarence C. Frewerd

04-28-2016Obituaries
Kenneth E. Erdman

04-28-2016Obituaries
Gerald Cottrell

04-28-2016Obituaries
Kenneth J. Cardinal

04-28-2016Obituaries
Erna H. Brucher

04-28-2016Obituaries
Carol Brough

04-28-2016Obituaries
Mary J. Bishoff

04-28-2016Obituaries
Raymond E. Behnke

04-28-2016Obituaries
Wayne Utecht Sr

04-28-2016Obituaries
Mary R. Williams

04-28-2016Obituaries
Eileen D. Sunstrom

04-28-2016Obituaries
Eileen M. Ries

04-28-2016Obituaries
James E. Reed

04-28-2016Obituaries
Richard A. Posz

04-28-2016Obituaries
Jean E. Combes

04-28-2016Obituaries
Patrick D. Butler

04-28-2016Obituaries
Ethel Bundy

04-28-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-28-2016Perspectives
From My Window

04-28-2016Community - Wausaukee
WPS Safety Training for Emergency Responders

04-28-2016Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue Offers Scholarship

04-28-2016Community - Wausaukee
T/Wausaukee Awards Bid For Blacktop, Chip Seal

04-28-2016Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Meeting May 5th

04-28-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Gun Show May 7

04-28-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Elects Slate of Officers

04-28-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Schools Regain Sparsity Aid and $175,000 for 2015-16 Year

04-28-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Pound Annual Rummage Sales May 20-21

04-28-2016Community - Coleman
Oconto County Breakfast On the Farm June 12th

04-28-2016Community - Coleman
Dairy Producer, Ag Group Meets Apr. 26

04-28-2016Community - Coleman
Equity Park Craft Fair, Flea Market on June 18

04-28-2016Front Page
State Commander, Historian Guests At Legionnaire Dinner

04-28-2016Front Page
Peshtigo OKs Kutz Road Pay, Pottratz Admits Error

04-28-2016Front Page
Janke To Replace Longsine As Oconto County Chief Deputy

04-28-2016Front Page
Investigation Complete in Death of 2 City Residents

04-28-2016Front Page
Coleman School Board To Meet On Non-Renewals

04-20-2016Front Page
Emergency Rescue Squad Gets Chest Compressor

04-20-2016Sports
Peshtigo/Marinette Golf Teams Off To Strong Start

04-20-2016Sports
Area Track & Field - Suring Girls / Peshtigo Boys Win Crivitz Multi-Meet

04-20-2016Front Page
County Board Elects Mark Anderson Chair, 17 to 12

04-20-2016Front Page
Bauer Gains Two Votes In Recount, Van Beek Still Wins

04-20-2016Front Page
Marinette County Hires New Facilities Director

04-20-2016Front Page
Peshtigo Chamber Announces 2016 Persons of the Year Award Winners

04-20-2016Sports
M&O Softball - Bulldogs Remain Undefeated, Continue Win Streak into 2016 Season

04-20-2016Sports
M&O Baseball - Crivitz Stuns Peshtigo, Coleman Gains Sole Possession of First Place

04-20-2016Community - Wausaukee
Mattison Bids Farewell After 14 Years On County Board

04-20-2016Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Lists Several Appointments, Resignation

04-20-2016Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue Offers Scholarship

04-20-2016Community - Wausaukee
Meeting on US 141 Reconstruction Apr. 29

04-20-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Library Lists Programs

04-20-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Election School Cancass

04-20-2016Community - Coleman
New Earth Day Bags

04-20-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-20-2016Community - Coleman
Womans Club Lists 2 Events

04-20-2016Community - Crivitz
PO Asks Residents To Stamp Out Hunger

04-20-2016Community - Crivitz
AARP Driver Refresher Course

04-20-2016Community - Crivitz
13th Crivitz Spring Craftfest is May 7

04-20-2016Perspectives
From our readers

04-20-2016Community - Crivitz
3 Crivitz Students Advance In "Yes”

04-20-2016Perspectives
Norma Abbie Kradecki, 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on February 28, 2016. Norma was born 11/11/1920 in Crivitz, Wi to Ida and John Boehmke. She graduated from Crivitz High School and moved to Cudahy, WI and worked for Briggs & Stra

04-20-2016Obituaries
Norma A. Kradecki

04-20-2016Obituaries
Gene D. Zehren

04-20-2016Obituaries
Dorothy C. Winter

04-20-2016Obituaries
Judith Wiltzius

04-20-2016Obituaries
Glenn L. Sundquist

04-20-2016Obituaries
Milton H. Schwartz

04-20-2016Obituaries
David G. Schlies

04-20-2016Obituaries
Raeleen A. Rupert

04-20-2016Obituaries
Richard "Mush” Myshynski

04-20-2016Obituaries
Diana T. Monaco

04-20-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth Link

04-20-2016Obituaries
Andrew J. LaBarbera

04-20-2016Obituaries
Lawrence "Bud" Kralovetz

04-20-2016Obituaries
Patsy Kamin

04-20-2016Obituaries
Marilyn Hyser

04-20-2016Obituaries
Nancy A. Hoida

04-20-2016Obituaries
Delores T. Groy

04-20-2016Obituaries
Arnold M. DeGrand

04-20-2016Obituaries
Kathryn Chambers

04-20-2016Obituaries
Mary J. Arndt

04-20-2016Obituaries
Hildagard E. Anderson

04-20-2016Obituaries
Benjamin J. Tart Sr.

04-20-2016Obituaries
Robert Stearns, Sr.

04-20-2016Obituaries
Dale E. Sleeter

04-20-2016Obituaries
Carol F. Shafman

04-20-2016Obituaries
Cynthia L. Rocheleau

04-20-2016Obituaries
Jerome Reilley

04-20-2016Obituaries
James Porod

04-20-2016Obituaries
Bill Plautz

04-20-2016Obituaries
Dennis J. Nelson

04-20-2016Obituaries
Janet M Mushynski

04-20-2016Obituaries
Rev. Peter F. Markey

04-20-2016Obituaries
Dale Landt

04-20-2016Obituaries
Marylou Kopatz

04-20-2016Obituaries
Theresa J. Higgins

04-20-2016Obituaries
Loretta Czech

04-20-2016Obituaries
Helen P. Bugalski

04-20-2016Obituaries
Wayne Banaszak

04-20-2016Obituaries
Caroline R. Adams

04-13-2016Obituaries
Laverne C. VanderGeeten

04-13-2016Obituaries
Ellen L. Williams

04-13-2016Obituaries
Brian D. Welch, Jr.

04-13-2016Obituaries
Madeline Walter

04-13-2016Obituaries
Loralee Tessmer

04-13-2016Obituaries
Walter Sulewski Jr.

04-13-2016Obituaries
James Sherman

04-13-2016Obituaries
Joann R. Shaurette

04-13-2016Obituaries
Fae J. Seefeldt 

04-13-2016Obituaries
Donald P. Ridgley

04-13-2016Obituaries
Nicholas R. Orlando

04-13-2016Obituaries
Thomas J. Michiels

04-13-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Monthly Meeting Apr. 18

04-13-2016Obituaries
Norman A. Klitzke

04-13-2016Obituaries
William A. Diehlmann

04-13-2016Obituaries
Mavric M. Chaney

04-13-2016Obituaries
Gerald J. Schuelke

04-13-2016Obituaries
Helen M. Lange

04-13-2016Obituaries
Norma E. Johnson

04-13-2016Community - Wausaukee
SC Rescue Squad Card Party Winners

04-13-2016Obituaries
Beverly A. Hansen

04-13-2016Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue Offers Scholarship

04-13-2016Obituaries
Audrey S. Hanna

04-13-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Legion, Unit Meet April 19

04-13-2016Obituaries
Robert "Mick” M. Hanchek

04-13-2016Community - Wausaukee
Moran Appraisals at Wausaukee Library

04-13-2016Obituaries
Gladys K. Gantz

04-13-2016Obituaries
Wanda L. Fifarek

04-13-2016Obituaries
Dennis "Babe” H. Enderby

04-13-2016Obituaries
Richard W. Dielen

04-13-2016Obituaries
Wilbur L. Cook, Jr.

04-13-2016Obituaries
Warren J. Bernardy

04-13-2016Community - Crivitz
Florist Speaker at Elderly Services

04-13-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest at School May 7

04-13-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Lions Shooting, Sports Banquet June 23

04-13-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-13-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Rescue Squad Offers Sports Scholarships

04-13-2016Perspectives
From our readers

04-13-2016Perspectives
From My Window


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think Donald Trump will be our next president?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2016
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites