City Council agrees to bring in FAA rep to review KAA

Monica Gates

Monica Gates

KINGMAN – The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to bring in a representative from the FAA to replace a special consultant hired to review lease terms and operations of Kingman Airport Authority.

John Meyer, lead consultant for Scottsdale-based Airport Property Specialists, was hired to look into the airport’s operations, but recently underwent back surgery and will be out for an indefinite period of time, Councilman Travis Lingenfelter said.

Mayor Monica Gates said she had spoken with Krystal Burge, chairwoman of the KAA board of directors, who recommended bringing an FAA representative to attend the first of four scheduled workshops.

Gates said she didn’t know if the FAA rep would attend all four workshops, only the first.

The workshops would include private interviews of KAA board members, committee members and airport tenants who wanted to voice concerns about business relationships with the airport authority.

Meyer was hired to be the only point of contact in looking into the airport authority’s 25-year lease term, FAA grant assurances, rules and regulations.

The airport authority’s lease and management was a hot topic during the 2016 election for City Council, with Lingenfelter pushing for changes. He feels the airport and industrial park are underutilized assets.

The City Council in September directed City Attorney Carl Cooper to find an independent, third-party consultant to review the city’s contract with the airport authority.