[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Oneonta 12-3-2013 by Ord. No. 3-2013. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Common Council of the City of Oneonta finds that the City of Oneonta Municipal Airport is an important facility providing air services to both the City and county and which requires supervision and administration on both a day-to-day basis and for long-term planning. To that end, the Common Council does herein establish an Airport Commission to fulfill that need.
The City of Oneonta Municipal Airport Commission shall consist of no fewer than five nor more than seven members.
The Mayor, subject to the approval of the Common Council, shall annually in the month of January appoint such residents of the City as may be necessary to fill any vacancy in the membership of said Commission. The Mayor may also fill at any time, by the same procedure, any vacancy, whenever such vacancy shall occur. Each person so appointed shall hold office for the term of three years, except when appointed to fill a vacancy, and in such case to fill the unexpired term caused by such vacancy. Upon the establishment of the Commission, the Mayor shall appoint, subject to the approval of the Common Council, all of the initial Airport Commissioners for staggered annual terms of no less than one year nor greater than three years in order to avoid the expiration of the terms of the majority of Commissioners in any one year. Thereafter, appointments shall be made in accordance with this section.
The members of the Airport Commission shall serve without compensation and they shall choose a chair from among its members by a majority vote at the first meeting of each year, or at the next meeting after a vacancy in the office has occurred.
The Commission shall:
Provide recommendations to the Common Council regarding rules for the general care, custody, management, maintenance and control of the airport, and of all property pertaining thereto.
Propose use, regulations, and fee structures to be applied at the airport.
Propose or apply to the state or federal government for public airport grants or any other aid in cash or in kind, as well as apply to any private or charitable organization for grants or aid, subject to the consent of the Common Council.
Act and interact on behalf of the City with all regulatory agencies regarding the airport. The Commission shall not have the power to bind the City in any manner beyond the scope of its own budget.
Generally promote the use of the airport for the benefit of the City and the region.
The Commission shall meet at least monthly, or at such other times as may be deemed necessary or beneficial by mutual agreement or upon notice by the Chair.
It shall be the duty of the Airport Commission to make an annual report to the Common Council as set forth in the City Charter.