IRON MOUNTAIN - The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners will be sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in support of SkyWest Airlines' bid to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Ford Airport.
Commissioners said that they were pleased with the bid, in which SkyWest would use 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet 200s for a minimum of 13 roundtrips per week between Ford Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
"We'd like to thank our airport manager, Tim Howen, for pursuing SkyWest," said Board Chair Henry Wender. "He said it will be a seamless transition from our present carrier."
SkyWest Airlines would use 50-seat Canadair Regional Jets if chosen to serve Dickinson County’s Ford Airport.
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Under direction of the DOT, present carrier Delta Airlines will remain at Ford Airport until a new EAS carrier is in place.
Commissioner John Degenaer moved that the board send the letter in support of SkyWest and "stress that we are behind this 100 percent."
Commissioners unanimously approved the motion.
The DOT will make the final decision on Ford Airport's EAS carrier.
In other business, the board:
- Announced that the county park season will be extended for three weeks after Labor Day.
- Announced for informational purposes that the county will be setting the rates for birth and death certificates at $15 for the first copy and $7 for the second copy.
The board will act on the issue at a later date.
- Approved to lease an airport hangar to Integrated First Response, a medical transport service, for $1,500 per month.
- Released the 50 percent share of the convention and tourism tax, in the amount of $13,453, to the Western Upper Peninsula Substance Abuse Agency.
- Released the 2012 appropriation, in the amount of $2,500, to the Sawyer Lake Association.
- Accepted the treasurer's trial balance and budget status report for the period ending July 31.
- Authorized the treasurer to advertise to fill a part-time position that was vacated due to retirement.
- Heard public comment from Paul Rosten of Negaunee, who voiced concerns about the American Transmission Company's (ATC) proposed power line project that will extend from Green Bay, Wis. to Ishpeming.
Rosten said that he and other property owners are upset that the lines may go through their property. He added that the Upper Peninsula only has a fixed amount of land, and that residents should not risk millions of trees and wildlife habitats.
Wender said that the board would not act on the issue at this time.
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