The City of Hastings has an Airport Services Agreement for additional mechanical services at Hastings Municipal Airport, and everyone involved is excited.
Hastings City Council members voted 6-0 at their regular meeting on Monday for an airport services agreement with J&S Aviation Services for the purposes of providing aviation and aviation services at Hastings Airport. Absent are Council members Chuck Rosenberg and Jennifer Bohm.
J&S will occupy Hangar 11 at the airport.
The agreement will start on October 1 and will be in effect for five years.
“I think everyone is excited,” said airport manager Matt Kohr. “We’ve been looking for another mechanic for a long time just to add to what we have here. This brings us a full shop in town, which a lot of airports are really trying to get. It gives us all aspects of what we need to take care of planes now.”
J&S Aviation Services will partner with longtime airport mechanic in Hastings, Glen Bredthauer.
J&S will offer a complete avionics store, servicing command and navigation systems.
“They are very respected in the state,” Kohr said. “They bring in planes from all over the world to maintain or upgrade panels or different kinds of things. It brings a lot to the airport. It wouldn’t hurt Glen. They’re going to work together. That’s a good thing.”
J&S will complement the work of the fixed base operator Hastings Air, which provides fuel and hangar servicing.
“So it kind of gives us an airport that can do everything,” Kohr said.
J&S is moving from McCook to Hastings.
Jeff Williams, owner of J&S Aviation Services, said his employees are excited about the agreement, too.
“All of my guys were so excited about this move when the city of Hastings and all the airport board members, the mayor, city council members, everyone lobbied so hard to come,” Williams said. “They loved that feeling that someone wanted us here and they were willing to do whatever it took. It really made it easier for my guys to decide ‘Hey, let’s go and move in there as a group.’ That was a big selling point from the city itself and all the people.”
Including Williams himself and his wife, who is a business accountant, J&S has seven employees who will be relocating to Hastings.
The company had 10 employees before the pandemic began.
“We certainly hope that moving to Hastings will give us the opportunity to find more employees,” he said.
Williams said Hastings Municipal Airport has a good reputation.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things for the past three or four years – all the improvements they’ve made,” he said. “They are definitely going in the right direction with it. He is really growing. It also makes it exciting for us to be a part of the growth and the future with him.”
J&S was originally to open a second location in Hastings while maintaining a presence in McCook. The company already had a lot of clients in the Hastings area.
Then J&S lost the building lease after 20 years and began looking at other options.
“Obviously Matt was the first person I called,” he said. “We’re starting to talk about it again.”
Williams received 18 offers from other cities and airports throughout Kansas and Nebraska to move business.
“Hastings was always at the top of the list,” he said. They did whatever it took to get us there. We are really looking forward to it.”
All airport hangars are now full of aircraft.
“And that’s something we’re proud of,” Kohr said.
Hastings Municipal Airport was also able to maintain the Air Exec charter service.
Council members on July 11 unanimously agreed to ratify the June 29 termination letter that Kuhr sent to JB Air Exec LLC to terminate the lease in December 2021 between the City of Hastings and JB Air Exec, effective September 30.
The city has finalized an agreement to bring J&S into the space occupied by Air Exec.
The city has entered into an agreement with Air Exec for relocation within the airport grounds.
“It wasn’t that we were trying to get them out of town or kick them out of the airport,” Kohr said. “The goal was to just make things work to let J&S come here.”
In other areas, the council:
– A resolution was unanimously approved authorizing an amendment to the plan of Redevelopment District 1 for properties commonly referred to as 701 W. First Street and 709 W. First Street, Hastings, Nebraska, Corner Building Project.
– Voted 5-0-1 to approve Eldon Auto Repair’s claim of $865.99. Councilwoman Joy Haver abstained from voting.
– Unanimously agreed to move the second regular Hastings City Council meeting in September from its normal date for the fourth Monday to Tuesday, September 27 and change the start time to 6 p.m., in City Council rooms at 220 North Hastings Ave.
– Unanimously agreed to call a special meeting of the Council on Tuesday 27 September at 5:30 pm in the Council rooms to approve the 2022-23 budget.
The Mayor has unanimously authorized the implementation of the documents needed to obtain and retain a letter of credit from Five Points Bank of Hastings in the amount of $1,690,304.25 to meet performance bond obligations related to the Hastings groundwater contamination site. The board has to approve this line of credit this year. This year’s amount is down from $2.7 million over previous years.
– He unanimously agreed to Linda Jarvis’ request that the height of the fence be increased to 515 E. Second St.Jarvis would like to install a 5-foot-high horse fence that cannot be climbed, similar to a chain-link fence. The Hastings City Code limits the height of the fence at this site to 4 feet in height.
– Approved unanimously the resolution authorizing a 1% increase in restricted funds that can be carried over to the next fiscal year.
Order 4713 amending the fines and fees section of the city code to address penalties for parking tickets not paid within 10 days of issuance was unanimously approved. Council members also agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and approve the second and final reading of the decree.
– Unanimously approved the appointment of Nicole Philber and Christine Slechta as replacements on the Museum Board. Either way, the terms last until August 18, 2026.
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