[Lake County] Lakeport City Council to appoint airport commission member, award city hall remodel bid

Blog note: this article references a grand jury report.

LAKEPORT — On Tuesday, the Lakeport City Council will consider appointing one of its members to the currently inactive airport land use commission tasked with oversight of the Lampson Field Airport.

According to California law, an airport land use commission must be established in any county where there is an airport and must be comprised of seven members: two county and two city representatives as well as a member of the public and two aviation experts.

Lakeport’s appointment will follow a Lake County Civil Grand Jury interim report released in March that called for county and city governments to bring Lampson Field into compliance with state laws—in part by bringing back to life the Lake County Airport Land Use Commission formed in 2004—in order to apply for grant funds available through the Federal Aviation Administration.

“More than 3 billion dollars in general aviation airport funding is currently available,” the grand jury report states.

District 4 Supervisor Tina Scott and District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown have been appointed to the commission as county government representatives. Clearlake Vice Mayor Russ Cremer has been appointed as that city’s representative.

Lampson Field Airport, though operational, has been identified as a target of needed development in a recent strategic economic plan adopted by county and city governments.

“We’d love to see an active airport,” said Lakeport City Manager Margaret Silveira in an interview Monday. “It’s important to the City of Lakeport as much as to the county.” Silveira added that improvements to the airport would be likely to increase tourism in Lakeport, and would be an added convenience for local businesses.

May 6, 2019

Lake County Record-Bee

By Adian Freeman