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NY Mills airport property permanently closed

The New York Mills City Council voted to permanently close the city's airport property at its regular meeting on March 8.

Two years ago, the city council cut the funding for operating the airport, with the agreement that a permanent decision would be made in 2011.

Another temporary closing is no longer an option for the city, according to the council, because re-opening an airport after more than two years would not be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Upon permanent closure, any government aid that was sent to the city for operations expenses would have to be paid back. According to council members, this amount would be small compared to what it would cost to maintain the airport for one year.

Since the airport has been closed, no requests have come up for re-opening, according to council members. If a fair amount was offered for the airport property, the city would sell.

In other business, the council accepted the resignation of Ryan Brasel, a part-time NY Mills police officer.

The liquor store reported that even though revenues are down, profits were up. Profits for February are $2,145. The year to date profit is $8,223. This is $6,000 more than 2010 profits.

The council members are awaiting the results of an onsite audit earlier this month. The audit report will be sent to the state Auditing Department.

The East Otter Tail County Fair asked for a donation for the 2011 fair. The subject was dropped when no motion was made to donate.

The NY Mills Regional Cultural Center also requested operation support of $5,000. The board approved $1,250 at this time for the first quarter. In anticipation of future Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts, the council decided to pay as they go instead of paying ahead.

The next regular city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m.