Council Agenda: City may cancel airport fuel contract
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The Tracy City Council will consider, during its regular meeting Tuesday, a resolution to terminate the city’s fuel sales and fuel facilities lease agreement with Turlock Air Center at Tracy Municipal Airport.

City Manager Leon Churchill said the item was added to the agenda because Turlock Air failed to meet some performance markers in its contract.

“We’ve gone through a period of their performance requirements,” Churchill said. “Things have gotten to the point where we need to part ways.”

The city had signed a 25-year contract with Turlock Air that started Jan. 1, 2012, and could have stretched — with three 10-year renewal options — until 2066. The City Council amended the contract in June to institute more stringent requirements for Turlock Air.

Other items on the preliminary agenda for the council meeting include the following:

Discussion items

• Conduct a public hearing to consider an application to amend the general plan and approve a vesting tentative subdivision map to create 59 lots on a 10-acre parcel and a preliminary and final development plan amendment to allow for the construction of 59 single-family homes at the northwest corner of Crossroads Drive and Solomon Lane

• Conduct a public hearing to consider rezoning two parcels on South C Street between Third and Fourth streets from light industrial to medium-density residential

• Adopt a resolution approving local goals and policies for community facilities districts and provide direction on the requirement of a fiscal impact analysis to assess public services costs as a result of new development

• Receive and discuss the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts annual report, accept the Grand Foundation’s fiscal year 2013-14 annual underwriting support and approve supplemental appropriation of proceeds for programming and technical support at the Grand Theatre

Consent calendar

• While acting as the governing body of the successor agency for the Community Development Agency of the city of Tracy, approve a recognized obligation payment schedule

• Approve various amendments to professional services agreements with Kimley-Horn and Associates for completion of roadway analysis for Cordes Ranch and Tracy Hills developments

• Approve various professional services agreements with West Yost and Associates related to water analysis for Cordes Ranch and Tracy Hills developments

 
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TheWattchers
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February 04, 2014
I thought Sky View airport fixed based oper promised to open a restaurant ten years ago when they moved in?

All they have is a cardboard box with candy bars to eat.
DunkMan
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February 04, 2014
Wrong again Wattcher.

Skyview has not been the FBO for ten years and even though they wanted to build a restaurant, the exclusive rights to build a restaurant was given to the fuel operator.

Do you ever research anything before you spout off a bunch of untruthful comments.

Steve

MacShare
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February 05, 2014
Am I to understand correctly that there is an airport owner who started out wanting to build an airport restaurant but got into legal trouble after an employee killed a customer after a birthday bash by driving the customer down the airport 's runway and into the water at the end of the runway which the airport wanted extended by four feet and after the employee was indicted the airport owner paid the legal fees for the employee but didn't pay the fee to gain the rights to build an airport restaurant but blamed the rising cost of the wholesale fuel prices for driving them out of business?

I sure hope the press follows up on the story about the bloke who drove this poor customer to his watery demise? Is he still drawing a paycheck or in jail or both or what? Can they implement a new policy that requires use of golf carts instead of BMW's to shuttle customers next time?
FlyingHigherThanAKite
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February 02, 2014
Let's see. The operator can't afford the fee for selling fuel, but can afford 3 times that amount to pay bail and legal fees for a roommate's jail bonds bail to the tone of hundreds thousands, after a roommate drives customers into the aquaduct at the end of the runway?

Sorry, but anyone think a something is fishy here, beside their customers floating south?

Come on people. Enough!!
DunkMan
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February 02, 2014
The fact that Skyview could generously help a valued and trusted employee shows that have both money and compassion for those who need help and it is exactly what any of us would do if we were tossed into the same situation. Nothing fishy there. In fact, the parents of the accident victim stayed with Skyview's owners immediately after the accident. This was a sad situation as the driver's parents and the victim's parents apparently were friends back home.

I bet a poll of Skyview's customers would show that Skyview is extremely generous in their free-assistance to customers that should be assisted by the now-absent fuel operator.

What is Skyview doing that is fishy?

Steve
FlyingHigherThanAKite
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February 03, 2014
Does the [as you said: valued and trusted] employee still work there?

I rest my case.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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February 03, 2014
What a wonderful thing it is ta sacrifice yer money ta come ta th aid of someone else.

Tell me, do ya monitor everyone else's spendin ta determine what type of person they really are? Careful, someone could be monitorin yer own spenin an commin away with thair own judgements against ya. What they are payin in bail an legal fees ta anyone else is besides th point of aviation fuel an th entire story round it.

If they broke a law, then prosecute an judge em on that. But ta judge em on how they help out thair friends, right or wrong in yer eyes, is really stretchin it a bit too fer cus really, it's no one else's business how they spend thair money as long as they are legally entitled to it.

Glad I'm not one of yer friends/acquaintances. Why? Because it seems apparent that if I got inta trouble ya'd drop me like a hot rock an leave me ta flounder on my own. Not exactly a perfect example of a true an noble friendship is it?
TheWattchers
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February 03, 2014
If the airport fixed based operator Skyview Aviation had an employee who drove a customer to his death into the water canal at the end of the runway in the backseat of a BMW, then I can see why they SHOULD CHARGE a fee.

I would call it a "get ur as serious fee". Sounds like the fee costs less than it did to bail out an employee charged with manslaughter? And lawsuits can only go north from there.

If the fixed base operator Skyview is serious they will pay the fee. If not, then no big loss. The airport is a money loser. And we don't need more accidents and potential lawsuits out there.
TheWattchers
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February 02, 2014
Another article says that SkyView couldn't afford the application fee. That means SkyView Aviation is "flat broke" and losing money.
DunkMan
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February 02, 2014
No one ever said Skyview couldn't afford the application fee -- mainly because there was never an application fee.

As the owner of an aircraft hangared at Tracy, I looked into becoming the fuel operator at Tracy Municipal Airport and like everyone else who declined to submit a proposal, the $50,000 minimum annual payment, coupled with the need to pay out of your own pocket about $100,000 of mandatory improvements, plus another $100,000 annually (with taxes, uniforms, and training) for mandatory staffing, plus another $24.000 annually for mandatory fuel trucks, plus significant liability insurance costs, just did not make financial sense.

The current operator lasted as long as he did as he cancelled the staffing, the fuel trucks, the liability insurance, and failed to pay for the mandatory $100,000 of improvements, and failed to pay for the $45,000 of the City's fuel inventory which he sold and pocketed the entire amount of money.

I still believe that Skyview, the FBO at the airport did not apply to sell fuel as he, like everyone else, did not believe anyone would pay such fantastic sums to sell fuel.
TheWattchers
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February 02, 2014
SkyView already said they're considering moving. They can't afford the cost of rising fuel. They can't afford the application fee or the yearly costs or any other improvements. In California two airports per year are closing. People decline to pay costs because they can't afford it. Turlock made it worse, because the cost for FBO to take fueling on will now increase plus the runway was damaged by someone who tried to jump start his propeller.


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