I have read the various articles which have appeared in the Daily Journal over the past several months concerning the fact that certain runways and/or taxiways at the Tupelo Airport have fallen into a state of disrepair. This is city-owned property, whch is apparently in such a state of disrepair that it could damage planes flown into Tupelo by one of the tenants at the airport, Universal Asset Management.
When Universal Asset Management moved its salvage operation to Tupelo several years ago, the city welcomed them with open arms.
UAM leases property at the airport for their operation, and as far as I know, they pay their rent on time. As far as I know, they pay their taxes on time. As far as I can tell, UAM has done everything they said they would do, and has dealt with the city in good faith. From what I have read, however, the city government feels like it is all UAM’s fault, and wants UAM to pay for the repairs, or at least part of them. That is ludicrous!
So my question is: Why will the mayor and members of the City Council not shell out the money to repair the property at the airport?
There is not a whole lot going on at the Tupelo Airport. We have a few flights a day to and from Atlanta. We have a military operation at the airport which I assume generates a little revenue. We have a few private aircraft taking off and landing. We have some tenants leasing space at the airport. It seems to me that the mayor and City Council would want to stop acting like the U.S. Congress and get up off their rears and work with the airport authority, come up with a solution to the problem, and get the repairs made.
Talk is cheap. It is time for some positive action to be taken. Do your jobs.
Randall L. Boyd