[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Representatives (now County Legislature) of Tompkins County 7-16-2002 by L.L. No. 4-2002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former Ch. 87, Airports, adopted by the Board of Supervisors 6-17-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986.
Authority. The Airport Manager is the person in charge of the Airport for the County. The Airport Manager shall run the Airport in conformity with FAA requirements and all other applicable law. The Airport Manager may from time to time recommend, for adoption by resolution of the County Legislature, rules and regulations for governance of the Airport, and minimum standards to ensure fairness/equity among tenants and users of the Airport. The Airport Manager shall at all times have authority to take such action as may be necessary to safeguard the people in attendance at the Airport and to maintain law and order, as well as restrict or terminate operations when required in the interest of safety.
Conduct of business.
Commercial use. The Airport is designed to accommodate commercial airlines, fixed-base operators, flying clubs and other aviation and commercial entities. However, no person, partnership, association, or corporation shall use the Airport as a base or terminal for the carrying on of commercial aviation, freight, or mail, or for student flight, or other commercial purpose of transportation for hire without first securing a permit or lease from Tompkins County and paying fees or charges agreed to with the County for such privileges.
Concessions. No person, corporation, partnership, or association shall engage in the sale of refreshments or any other commodity, gasoline, oil, rental, or any travel services or offer or solicit funds from the public at the Airport for any purpose, or post notices such as advertising signs, without permission of the County and the payment of the rates and charges for use prescribed and agreed upon by both the County and such person.
Any individual, group of individuals, partnership, or corporation (hereafter referred to as "operator") during the conduct of any flight or other activity at the Airport shall comply with the rules and regulations and pay all fees and charges, whether imposed pursuant to an agreement made with the County or prescribed by the County for other-than-contract operations.
Sales of fuel and fuel-related products will only be allowed by contract with the County.
Security. All persons using the Airport are subject to Airport security regulations and procedures, in compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
Environmental compliance. All Airport tenants and users shall obey all federal, state, and local environmental laws and shall be wholly responsible for costs associated with fines or clean-up of contamination brought about as a result of their actions, operations, and the activities of their employees, their guests, and invitees.
Discrimination or unfair treatment. The Airport shall be made available for public use on fair and reasonable terms. No tenant shall be allowed to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.
Construction or alteration of property. No person shall do any construction, alteration work, plumbing, or electrical wiring in or to any existing building on the Airport without first securing written permission from the Airport Manager. Violators will be required to remove such work at their own expense.
Animals. No person shall enter on the Airport property with an animal that is not restrained by a leash or confined in such a manner as to be under control at all times.
Firearms, explosives, and other weapons. No person except police, duly authorized persons, FBI personnel, County Airport employees, or members of the Armed Forces of the United States on official duty in uniform of that branch of the service shall carry any firearms, explosives, or incendiary devices or other dangerous weapons on the Airport without written permission of the Airport Manager.
Parking stations. The County may establish public parking stations at the Airport. Vehicles and equipment shall not be parked at the Airport other than in the locations and under conditions as may be specified by the County.
Fees. The County may establish hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly parking-area fees for motor and other vehicles of any and all types where not provided in lease agreements.
Rental vehicles. Rental vehicles, if allowed by contract, shall park in accordance with provision of the contract.
Taxicabs, limousines, and buses. Any owner or operator of a taxicab, limousine, bus or other vehicle shall use only designated areas of the Airport for conducting business.
Flying clubs shall present the list of members to the Airport Manager on request. The club is responsible to see that all members are familiar with the Airport rules and regulations, and applicable security and other rules. The County reserves the right to revoke the privilege of use of the Airport and its facilities to any club member for violation of regulations or directives.
Penalty clause. Any person, firm, corporation, or other party violating any provision of this chapter or any rule, regulation or standard adopted pursuant to this chapter shall be deemed guilty of an offense and, upon conviction, shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $250, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days, or to both. Nothing herein shall be construed to exempt an offender from any other prosecution or penalty.
Revocation of privileges. The County reserves the right to revoke the privilege of use of the Airport and its facilities to any tenant or staff member and any user for violation of any airport rules or regulations.