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Hartselle to rename airport

By Deangelo McDaniel
dmcdaniel@decaturdaily.com · 340-2469

HARTSELLE — Seeking to make the local airport more a county than a municipal
facility, City Council members agreed to change the name from Rountree Field to Hartselle
Morgan County Regional Airport.

For the second time since March, Airport Board Chairman Steve Kimbrel made the request for the name change to the council.

Kimbrel said he talked with the Federal Aviation Administration, and all the FAA needs is a letter from the city requesting the name change.

“This is the only airport in Morgan County, and we’re thinking more regional,” Kimbrel said at Monday’s council work session.

Pryor Field Regional Airport near Decatur is in Limestone County.

In the 1960s, Hartselle named the airport in honor of Asa Rountree Sr., who led the Alabama Department of Aeronautics from 1936 until 1965. Rountree, who helped secure federal money when Hartselle moved its airport from near Crestline Elementary School, died in 1983 in Montgomery.

His son, Asa Rountree Jr., who is an attorney in Birmingham, did not oppose the name change.

While Rountree Sr. was not from Hartselle, the Rountree name first came to Hartselle in the 1870s when Dr. S.L. Rountree opened a medical office. Dr. Rountree was the grandfather of the man whom the airport honors.

Kimbrel said he talked with two Morgan County commissioners, and they agreed with the name change.

“We have not asked the county for any funds, but with the name change we will be able to approach them,” he said. “The county helps Pryor Field, and that is a good thing because that airport has helped Decatur grow.”

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