08/22/2018- Establishing a new airport hangar lease with the local Civil Air Patrol is proving to be more difficult than anticipated. Menominee County Administrator Jason Carviou informed the Regional Airport Committee last month that existing lease terms were violated when the unit failed to house an aircraft in their hangar for a period of more than 90 days. Carviou says following that meeting he attempted to contact the head of the local CAP, but was not able to schedule a meeting to discuss this and other lease concerns, so he next contacted the commander of the Wisconsin Wing of the CAP who told him any future lease negotiations must be handled at the federal level.
A second concern regarding new lease terms is that, to meet grant assurance requirements, the county cannot continue to offer the CAP a discounted lease rate unless the group provides in-kind services to the county. Committee Chairman Steve Gromala suggested to meet this need, the unit could assist in county search and rescue missions.
Carviou says he’ll draft a letter outlining the lease negotiation issues and inquiring about the CAP’s intentions regarding the airport hangar and send it to the organization’s federal headquarters. If they do not receive a timely response, the county may consider terminating the local CAP’s lease.