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Local businessman to construct hangar at Hartselle airport

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — A City Council majority will approve an agreement tonight to allow a Decatur businessman to construct a corporate hangar at Rountree Field.

The four-page agreement the council discussed Monday night is between Hartselle and Roger Minor, who owns Vision Wheel on U.S. 31 in Decatur.

Minor, who estimates that it will cost about $150,000 to build the insulated hangar, is doing the work at his expense.

In return, the city is giving him a 30-year lease that will cost $600 annually.

He will also be responsible for "utilities and other expenses" associated with the hangar, according to the agreement.

"I will also insure (the hangar) and furnish the city with a copy of the premium," Minor said.

Airport Board Chairman Steve Kimbril said the board support's Minor's proposal.

"We think this is good for the airport," he said.

For nine years, Minor has had a piston engine airplane based at the Hartselle airport. But, he purchased a corporate jet in October, and it cannot be left outside except during travel time.

"This sounds good to me," Council President Kenny Thompson said about agreement.

Minor made his first proposal to the city in October, just days after the council voted to seek $1 million in federal grants for the airport.

The biggest request was for $645,000 to construct 16 hangars of various sizes. A corporate hangar is part of the federal request.

For at least three years, Hartselle has unsuccessfully applied for federal grants to construct hangars.

Mayor Dwight Tankersley called the agreement with Minor a "positive thing" for Hartselle.

The city did not lay out a time frame for construction.

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