The Twisp Town Council is considering changing the lease paid by pilots for hangars at the Twisp Municipal Airport to provide 30-year leases with an option of renegotiating every five years.
The proposed new lease, which was discussed by the council at its April 24 meeting, would replace a one-year lease that the town adopted as a temporary measure until a longer-term lease agreement could be drafted and approved.
The Airport Advisory Board, which advises the council on airport matters, is in favor of the 30-year lease. The current hangar lease rate is $221 per year, which is not sufficient for supporting improvements that need to happen at the airport, said Hans Smith, a council member who serves as a liaison to the Airport Advisory Board. The proposed new lease does not have an annual rate set yet.
The council decided to review the proposed lease and consider it at the board’s next meeting.
In other business, Mayor Soo Ing-Moody said the town has been having difficulty filling staff positions at the Wagner Memorial Pool. The town has advertised for a manager and lifeguards and has not yet hired a manager, and has only two guards so far, she said.
“In previous years we’ve had eight guards. We’ve advertised twice and only have two,” Ing-Moody said. “Without the staffing we need we can not open the pool. This is the most difficult year we’ve had in trying to fill positions.” The pool usually opens soon after school is over for the summer.