The Dean Memorial Airport Commission
Dean Memorial Airport Commission Report
By Gerald Lyons - Chariman
This year presented continued challenges for the airport. The price of aviation fuel and the general cost of flying have placed some contraction on general aviation sector that uses our airport. As a result, and the fact that disposable income in general has diminished in this economic environment, we have seen very little change in airport usage. Despite this, the Dean Memorial Airport Commission has been able to operate the airport without use of Town of Haverhill tax dollars. Airport condominium properties have provided substantial income to the town in the form of property taxes, making us the only budgeted part of the town government putting money into the general fund.
Another challenge has been the hangar project. The Commission had planned construction of an airport owned hangar as an income source. To this end, we had secured $20,000 from the town through warrant articles over the past few years with plan to finalize the construction plan with matching money from the State of New Hampshire Division of Aeronautics 50/50 matching program. Although we have had a relatively easy time of getting this type of matching grant money from the state in the past, we found that because of state budget constraints and the fact that other airports in the NH airport system were applying for the same grant money, we did not get matching funds this year. We now are considering building the hangar in a yearly staged fashion, applying for lesser amounts of state matching funds on a yearly basis.
An additional challenge has been to work out land clearing problems on non-airport owned land and problems created by a scenario of expansion in the recently finished Master Plan. We have listened to and acted according to the public sentiment on both of these issues.
A final challenge was to get this years Awareness Day off the ground. June 2nd brought an inauspicious beginning with fog lasting until midmorning, but finally the skies cleared and the airplanes came. We were able to carry out 17 flights carrying 32 youngsters with pilots participating from Lebanon, Montpelier, Burlington, and Post Mills airports. Again special thanks to Joel Godston for organizing this community event and thanks to all those volunteers who made this a very special and successful day.
In 2008 the Airport Commission will work to solve outstanding issues. We believe that the airport is a valuable town asset. We take seriously our mission of promoting, maintaining the financial well being of, and making this facility a safe place for the flying and earth bound public, while at the same time adhering to FAA standards for safety.
Gerald J. Lyons
* The minutes of every Commission meeting are on file in the Selectmen's office for those interested in more detail, and/or please contact a member of the Commission.
Airport Commission Minutes