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Wicomico Co. Airport Commission Facing Proposed Changes

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 SALISBURY, Md.- A proposal to transform the Airport Commission into an advisory panel for the Wicomico County government is on the table to be heard during a public hearing next week.

For more than 40 years, the commission has been in charge of operations at the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport. Seven members are on the board, which has been chaired by financial advisor Bob Dickey for 25 years. Dickey is not thrilled about the idea to turn the commission into an advisory panel.

“I don't see an advisory panel having any control or ability to oversee properly what's done at the airport,” Dickey said.

John Hall, A Wicomico County council member, is behind the proposal. He has served the commission for two years. Hall tells WBOC the airport would be able to grow under the county government. He said a new direction could improve economic development by attracting companies that do business with airports. Hall said working under the county government would help financially as well.

"We actually made t$171,000 of revenue over expenses last year," Dickey said.

According to a 2014 audit report, Dickey said $82, 860 were made in excess revenue.

As far as improvements, renovations to the parking lot, runways and the Henson Corporate Headquarters, at the cost of $1 million, were done over recent years.

Dickey said no taxpayer dollars were used to pay for it.

“I don't see the advantage of switching this to an advisory panel," he said.

 A public hearing will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17.  
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