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Jury’s Airport Committee struggles with hangar leases

Leases for hangar space at LeGros Memorial Airport have been a thorn in the side of the Acadia Parish Police Jury since it took over management of the facility.
“They’re not uniform; people are storing vehicles other than airplanes; lease holders are moving other people’s planes around in the community hangar,” Renada Broussard, police jury administrative staff, told the Airport Committee Tuesday night.
Glen Howie, counsel for the jury, explained that he has compared the Acadia Parish lease with that of surrounding parishes and has discovered that, basically, there is little comparison.
“One parish has a one-page lease, another has a 20-page lease,” he said. “I think the lease we have is comprehensive, it just needs to be tweaked for uniformity so that everyone is on the same page.”
Juror Chuck Broussard said that he has longed for a uniform lease agreement since he was named chairman of the committee almost four years ago.
Howie and Renada Broussard recommended that the jury change the current lease to mandate that only “flyable airplanes” can be stored in the hangars.
“We also need to be notified is a pilot sells a plane or if it becomes ‘unflyable,’” she said.
Some discussion focused on how long a pilot should be able to keep his lease if he sells his plane and is looking to purchase another.
“It’s not something you just go out and buy in a weekend,” Scott Schumaker, local pilot, told the committee at a previous meeting. “It can take months.”
On Chuck Broussard’s recommendation, the matter was tabled until “we can iron out some of these details.” He said he would meet with Howie and Renada Broussard and hopefully have a proposal ready for the next committee meeting in November.
The committee also accepted a five-year capital improvements plan for the airport and will present it to the full jury for consideration.
The full jury meets Tuesday, Oct. 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor meeting room in the courthouse.

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