I do not support the expansion of the airport. My feelings have never changed on what kind of airport I would like to see the city have from the time my Uncle Russell had his P-51 Mustang out there. I want the airport to continue to house small aircraft like my uncle Russell’s P-51 Mustang, not commercial jets.
Unfortunately, recent actions by city council members like Councilwoman Potter have entered the City into a perpetual agreement with the FAA that will eventually lead to airport expansion. I did not support the City Council’s vote to purchase the Maverick property. I told members of the council that it was only a recommendation from the FAA to buy the property and that the city did not have to purchase the property. The vote by certain City Council Members to purchase the Maverick property came at great cost to Heber City. When this purchase was made, not only did the city lose over $150,000 in sales tax a year from the loss of the Maverick station, but it entered the city into a perpetual agreement with the FAA and opened the door for The FAA to force the city to go to a C2 airport. Despite claims to the contrary, there were no safety or property density issues with the property and the gas tanks would have been buried underground. I would not have voted for the purchase of the Maverick property, like Council Member Potter.