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Council discusses waiving fees for Fly-In

 


After approving an ordinance on June 20 that required City Council approval to waive fees for special events at the Arlington Airport, Arlington City Council was scheduled to discuss at this week’s workshop meeting an application from the Arlington Fly-In to waive fees of $6,000 for this year’s Fly-In, which starts July 8.

The ordinance approved on June 20 was intended to align the special events process at the airport with the city process.

Airport Manager David Ryan explained in council documents that a waiver request was submitted to the airport commission on June 21 and the airport commission considered the request on the same day, recommending that fees for this year’s 2016 Arlington Fly-In be waived, Ryan said. As required by the ordinance, the request has been provided to the FAA for review.

A vote is expected at the July 5 council meeting, on Tuesday, due to the Independence Day Holiday.

At this week’s workshop, Finance Manager Kristin Garcia provided the monthly finance report, including an update to the status of improvements to the financial system of the airport.

Garcia said the finance department and airport had been working several months to improve airport billing and leasing processes and strengthen internal controls.

“We have been reviewing each lease file to make sure all documentation was current and placed in each tenant file,” Garcia said in document. “We’ve also improved internal controls over the billing/cash receipting processes by segregating those duties and moving airport billing to the finance department.”

The goal, she said, was to complete the database and flow charts prior to the annual audit which is tentatively scheduled for September or October

Other council news

The city has called for bids from its small works roster to demolish the Burn Road Reservoir, a 500,000-gallon steel potable water storage tank that was constructed in the mid 1960s. The reservoir, located in a geologically unstable area, was declared surplus in 2014.

Bids were due June 28 for the replacement of 121 high pressure sodium lights to LED lights around the city, paid for by a grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board’s “Relight Washington Program.”

This week, council was scheduled to discuss a $250,000 grant from the youth athletic field account of the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board and an interlocal agreement with Snohomish County to accept $300,000 for renovations to Quake Field Memorial Park. Council is expected to approve accepting the grant at the July 5 council meeting.

 

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