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Great Lakes, City Manager, Discussed at City Council Meeting

January 24
01:08 2014

greatlakes_smallThe Page City Council meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 was presided over by Vice Mayor John Kocjan in Mayor Bill Diak’s absence. In the citizen’s portion of the agenda, Page resident Randy Irby spoke out on the track record of Great Lakes Airlines. Irby recently filed a formal complaint with the Department of Transportation.

While Irby said he has great praise for the local staff and enjoys the service when it’s running properly, he’s disappointed in the lack of reliability. He said his motivation for filing the complaint is twofold; to inform the Department of Transportation that the subsidized entity is not providing reliable service as part of the Essential Air Service Program – a United States Department of Transportation program which subsidizes airlines to serve rural communities across the country that otherwise would not receive any scheduled air service – and to make sure the City Council is also aware of the situation. He requested the council address the issue and asked they draft a letter to Great Lakes to explain their lack of reliability in the community, especially given their EAS status.

At Wednesday’s meeting, General Manager, Bryan Hill, received approval for Page Utility to move forward with their proposal to replace a portion of old direct-bury underground electrical cable in a section of town near the airport. Money for the project is coming from capital replacements funding and the winning bid is for $491,000. Work could begin as early as the first part of February, according to Hill.

Council also approved a small parcel land sale. The Page Interim City Manager contract was also extended. Rick Olson’s agreement is now extended through April 30 or until the City hires a new City Manager. Olson is officially semi-retired, but in addition to handling the manager duties to help the city out through the hiring process, is also now taking care of any necessary duties as required by the City Attorney position. The hiring process continues for both positions with Councilor Dr. Mike Bryan speaking out to publicly address the issue saying,

“We are actively trying to hire a manager, it’s just taking a little longer than anticipated. We’re not dragging our feet, but trying to make it happen as quickly as we can.”

– Dr. Mike Bryan

In more council news, the city appointed two new Assistant City Magistrate Judges to serve a two-year term with the Page Municipal Magistrate Court. Joining the court will be Jim Burrow and Michele Muskat, both of Page. Council also re-appointed the following individuals in two-year term appointments: Bambi Brownell, Angelo Santana, and Kevin Anderson.

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