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Go to airport meeting, voice your concerns

Are you concerned about the Whiteside County Airport Board’s monumental, highly questionable Aug. 17 “bid outcome vote” to oust M&M Aviation, the airport’s 21-year, highly regarded airport management, flight training and aircraft repair center, forcing it to cease operations Sept. 30?

Expressed below are the major discrepancies and unethical practices many believe the Airport Board utilized to unduly influence the bidding outcome:

1) The only other bidder, a friend of the three male board members, is a co-owner with two of them of the airport’s Twin Cities Flying Club, M&M’s onsite competitor.

2) The Airport Board “under-advertised” its bid, which precluded outside bidders with comparable assets and financial capabilities to those of M&M from participating.

3) The winning bidder testified that he only possessed the financial wherewithal to provide one training/rental aircraft, versus M&M’s three; thus depriving two-thirds of the airport’s current student and rental pilots of aircraft to rent and fly, post Sept. 30.

4) Unbelievably, the Airport Board absolved him from the long-standing bid requirement to also provide an aircraft to charter.

5) Preposterously, despite the winning bidder’s minuscule investment commitment, the board agreed to pay him $98,000 a year ($2,000 a year more than M&M’s compensation).

6) The winning bidder’s now 12-day-old business was first registered in Illinois on Aug. 30.

Whiteside County taxpayers, please come to this Thursday’s 5 p.m. Airport Board meeting at White­side County Airport to express your concerns.

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