Grant Grant County Airport District #1 Commissioner #01
4-year term (ports in counties with over 100,000 pop); 4 or 6 year term counties with under 100,000 pop) Salary $42,106 (2013) in King, varies in other port districts. The Port District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the port facilities within their jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional Port Director and their professional staff. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Port levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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Vincent Himsl (NP)
Grant County Airport District #1 Commissioner
Why did you decide to run for this position?
What are three major issues facing the port?
Of the three, which one is the most urgent?
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Town where you live
Desert Aire, WA
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Appointed Desert Aire Airport Commissioner and chair; January 2017. Airport Volunteer; July 2014. Technical Staff Washington State University 36 years (retired) . Experimental Aircraft Manufacturer (builder) and pilot.
I wish to continue the work of my predecessors, the volunteer commissioners and staff who developed and built a small community airstrip into the regional airport it is today. As one of the current commissioners, I believe I have the skill and experience needed to build upon their accomplishment and with the support of my fellow commissioners, volunteers, and the community of Desert Aire, I am confidant of success.
Funding, Personnel, and growth are the issues facing the Desert Aire Regional Airport today. The commissioners will need to plan for the day when the airport is too big and complex to be managed and supported by a part time volunteer staff. Already there are signs that a paid maintenance person or persons will be needed just for weed control in summer and of all things, snow removal in winter. The airport has acquired additional land that needs to be properly developed. And though much has been accomplished through voluntary financial support and grants, a more predictable and equitable funding model needs to be found.
The most important and the least surprising is funding. The funding of the airport is through donations, grants, and loans. Up until now, this support has been more than sufficient as it brought the airport to the level it is today. However that level is such that the once small community airstrip is now officially the Desert Aire Regional Airport with assets worth well over a million dollars. To maintain this level while building for the future, a more sustainable revenue stream will be essential.
As an airport property owning member of the Desert Aire community, and as an airport volunteer and commissioner, I am thoroughly committed to the growth and success of the Desert Aire Regional Airport and the future city of Desert Aire.
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