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City, county explore utility improvements at Blake Field

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A discussion between city and county officials about utility services at Blake Field continued at a city council work session July 10.

At the initial meeting between the two entities June 26, it was agreed city and county staff would work together to provide elected officials with costs for the design and construction of water and sewer extensions.

As that process unfolds, council members have been asked to address several questions:

Will the city require annexation before utility service is provided?

If so, should staff be working on a potential airport zoning overlay for the specific property needs as identified by county officials, such as landscaping concerns?

If not, will Delta County and its perspective hangar customers pay out-of-town tap and use rates per city code?

Potential sales tax revenue, should the area be annexed, was also to be considered at the July 10 work session.

Both the city and county have vowed to continue exploring opportunities to improve the existing infrastructure around the airport.

According to a year-end report provided to the county commissioners in February, takeoffs and landings at Blake Field in 2017 were 3,677, up 28.6 percent over 2016. Total fuel sold was 42,535.93 gallons, up 91.6 percent. Rent collected was $19,303, up 12.8 percent, with many inquiries for space.

Aircraft based at Blake Field as of Dec. 31, 2017, were 63, consisting of one helicopter, one motor-glider, several single and twin engines, and numerous experimental aircraft.

Cheryl Hussman of Smiling Aviation, the airport's fixed based operator, told the commissioners, "Looking forward, we have seen an increase in traffic and inquiries for space on the field. At this moment, we do not have any hangar space for rent, only two or three tie down spaces for monthly renters and two or three tie downs left open regularly for transients," she said.

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