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City OKs rate increase for hangar leases at airport

WORTHINGTON -- In an abbreviated meeting Monday night, the Worthington City Council approved a 5 percent increase in lease rates for hangar space at the city's municipal airport, effective Jan. 1. The increase is the first since 2012, according t...

WORTHINGTON - In an abbreviated meeting Monday night, the Worthington City Council approved a 5 percent increase in lease rates for hangar space at the city’s municipal airport, effective Jan. 1.
The increase is the first since 2012, according to Todd Wietzema, Worthington’s public works director.
Wietzema reported that 20 of the 22 available hangars are rented, and the airport’s fixed base operator has potential leads on leasing the last two hangars available. At full occupancy, the leases generate annual revenue of more than $31,000.
“It seems like a reasonable amount,” Councilman Scott Nelson said of the increase. “It sounds like a lot in one year, but we haven’t done it in a long time.”
Wietzema said the lease rates at Worthington’s airport are quite similar to those in neighboring cities.
In other action, the council:
* Approved the third reading and adopted an amended ordinance pertaining to stormwater utility rates.
* Approved the second reading of a proposed ordinance to change the zoning classification at 500 and 620 Stower Drive from M-2 general manufacturing to M-1 light manufacturing.
* Approved the second reading of a proposed ordinance to change the zoning classification at 1720 Burlington Ave. from its current R-1 to R-2 one family low residential. Adoption of the ordinance will allow for property development.
* Approved a six-year agreement between the city of Worthington and Lorain Township for fire protection. The new agreement outlines a 3 percent rate increase each year of the agreement.
* Approved 2016 license renewal applications for the Long Branch Saloon for on- and off-sale beer.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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