By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — As of January 1, 2015, pilots who lease hangars at the Boyceville airport will pay five cents per square foot instead of four cents.
The Boyceville Village Board approved the increase at Monday night’s meeting.
Hangar leases are for one year from January 1 to December 31, so that is why the increase will not go into effect until 2015, said Brian Wolff, village trustee.
At the public safety, transportation, airport development and maintenance committee meeting March 5, committee members suggested reviewing the lease rates every three years, he said.
Hangar lease rates at Boyceville’s airport have not been increased since 2004.
Committee members also recommended evaluating the lease rates in July and August so an increase could become effective the following January, Wolff said.
The Boyceville Village Board unanimously approved the rate increase.
Minutes from the committee meeting note that the one-cent increase represents a 25 percent increase, and that a ten-percent increase would have resulted in an additional $8.73 per year for the smallest hangar and an additional $20.44 per year for the largest hangar.
Wolff also reported that Boyceville has $150,000 per year in airport entitlement money for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 that has not been spent.
Three years ago, Boyceville also loaned $48,000 from 2009 and $150,000 from 2010 to Monroe County that will be paid back in 2015, he said.
A “wish list” for the airport is to crack fill and seal the ramp, runway, and taxiway, add a back taxiway and install a pilot lounge by the fuel station, Wolff said.
The improvements would need to be added to the airport’s six-year improvement plan, but Wolff said Kim Kaarto, the project manager with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation assigned to the Boyceville airport, had not yet returned an e-mail message he had sent.
The village board should authorize a feasibility study for the pilot lounge. There is no sewer and water close to the fueling station, and it might not be feasible to build the lounge, he said.
“We should do a study so if someone says ‘why can’t you do this,’ we will have answers,” Wolff said.
Although congestion is not often a problem at the Boyceville airport, a back taxiway would relieve congestion when it does occur, he said.
Wolff suggested postponing any action on the six-year airport improvement plan until more information is available.
The Boyceville Village Board unanimously approved a motion to set aside the airport improvement plan until the April meeting.
In other business, the Boyceville Village Board:
• Learned that the Boyceville Police Department had handled 60 incidents in February and that all of the eight parking violations were related to snow.
• Approved changing the payroll schedule so that when payday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, village employees are paid on Friday. If payday occurs on a weekend, the funds are not available to employees until Monday morning, said Cindy Swanepoel, clerk-treasurer. The Boyceville Village Board approved the change on a vote of five “yes” to two “no.” Village trustees Bud Gilbertson, John Hellmann, Keith Sorensen, Brian Wolff, along with Village President Gilbert Krueger, voted in favor of the motion. Village trustees Herb Dow and Jonathan Farrell voted against the motion.
• Postponed until the April meeting taking action on a request for the village to purchase two portable fences for the Community Education summer recreation program. Depending upon the design, the fences will cost an estimated $800 to $1,500 each. Village board members also recommended that the request for purchasing the portable fences be sent to the building and property committee. Dow said the committee will meet in the next two weeks.