Star-Bright will close

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Star-Bright Aviation will discontinue operations at Allen County Airport. Bill King, director of Public Works, told county commissioners Tuesday morning the flight school’s owners told him of their decision to close.
“They did offer the buildings (an office and dormitory) to the county for $88,417,” as part of the shutdown, King said. Commissioners took no action.
Earlier, Star-Bright’s owner, Bruce Bright, asked commissioners to buy out the company’s bank debt on the two buildings, said to be more than $100,000. He said the recession had made it difficult for the company to meet financial obligations and expand and upgrade the service to attract more clients.
The dormitory was built to give students a place to live while in Star-Bright’s program.

JASON NELSON, director of Emergency Medical Services, asked commissioners to consider a larger building for ambulances and crew at 410 N. State St.
“The 60-by-40-foot building would be pretty tight,” Nelson said of the proposed building, and asked commissioners to consider one 70-by-60 feet instead. He said the larger building would be similar to the ambulance barn in Erie, which cost $120,000 to build five years ago.
Commissioners have talked of a building costing $125,000 to $150,000. They will solicit design-and-build proposals from contractors.
“Let’s see what the design-and-build bids are,” Chairman Dick Works said. “If we can build bigger within what we want to spend, I’d be all for it.”
Pam Beasley, Emergency Management director, said disaster registration soon would be available for special needs residents in the county.
“Then if there was a disaster we could identify them quickly and be able to meet their needs,” she said. Specifics will be announced later.
Commissioners purchased a skid steer loader from Storrer Implement, Iola, for a base bid of $24,650, the lowest of five.
Sheriff Tom Williams introduced to commissioners a new deputy, Dan Sherwood, and said a second, Jeremy Troester, also had joined the force. Sherwood started in law enforcement in Colorado and was a police officer at Halstead for four years. Troester formerly worked in corrections and communications in Neosho County.