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Posted on: October 2, 2019

Public Notice of Intent to Lease County Property

Public Notice
Lease of County Property (G.S. 160A-272)

The Board of County Commissioners of Cherokee County intends to lease a portion of Western Carolina Regional Airport (RHP), also known as, Andrews-Murphy Airport. The property to be leased is located at 5840 Airport Road, Andrews, NC 28901, and includes the following airport properties:

Airport terminal, including all offices and conference rooms; all county-owned hangars east and west of terminal, including maintenance hangar; short-term parking area; long-term parking area; tie-down spaces; and fuel farm.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners intends to enter into a five year lease of the above-described property with Mr. Gayland Trull D/B/A Western Carolina Aviation, LLC.

The terms of the lease are as follows:

Rental Income-Western Carolina Aviation, LLC will receive all rental income from tie-downs and parking; all income from county-owned hangars and future T-hangars; and 18 percent (18%) of the rental income for planes stored or hangared in the Wells and West Hangar, for which Cherokee County administers. Utilities-Cherokee County will pay all utility costs, including, but not limited to, power, gas, communication, garbage and water, applicable to the Leased Premises. Fuel Products and Storage-Cherokee County will purchase the Aviation Gas and Jet Fuel for the FBO's operation. The County will provide and maintain the fuel farm and self-serve pump system and pay 50% of the cost for maintenance items less than $250, and will pay 100% of the cost of maintenance items greater than $250. All profits from fuel sales will be divided 50/50 between the County and Western Carolina Aviation, LLC. Any monthly discrepancy or difference of 150 gallons or less of fuel, the cost will be split equally between the County and Western Carolina Aviation, LLC. Any discrepancy or difference greater than 150 gallons will be presented to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners to determine how the difference will be applied. Courtesy Vehicle-Cherokee County will provide to Western Carolina Aviation, LLC, a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee for the purpose of a courtesy vehicle for the use of airport visitors. The County will maintain title, registration and insurance on said vehicle and will pay for maintenance costs greater than $100.

In consideration of the lease, Western Carolina Aviation, LLC. agrees to use the leased premises for the purposes of conducting business as a fixed based for the retail sale of fuel and oil for aircraft, sale of accessories and supplies for aircraft operations, sale of aircraft parts, electronic equipment and avionic equipment, sale of new and used aircraft, maintenance of aircraft engines and air frames, flight instruction of all kinds, aircraft rental, air taxi service, aircraft storage and tie-down and other related aviation activities which are now or may become in the future customary for FBOs to perform.

All persons interested in this lease are invited to attend the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019, at which time the board intends to authorize the lease of the property described above. The meeting will be held in the Cherokee County Courthouse, Multipurpose Room 342, 75 Peachtree Street, Murphy, N.C., at 6:30 p.m.

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