Monday, Nov. 18, will be a full evening for City Commissioners. In addition to its regularly scheduled work session, which is followed by the regular agenda, it will start matters at 4 p.m., when commissioners meet as the Bartow Airport Authority board.
One of the items on the Airport Authority agenda will be to consider a request from Ozzie Carrerou, who several months earlier offered to pay one-half of the Environmental Phase II report that was prepared for Florida Aircraft Painting.
As reported in the Oct. 16 edition of The Polk County Democrat, Carrerou, of Casa Acquisitions, had informed Bartow Municipal Airport Executive Director Cynthia Barrow that starting November, he would be willing to pay $8,000 toward the cost of a Brownfield II Study that cost the Airport Authority slightly more than $16,000. He would make the payments in installments of $1,000.
According to Barrow, Carrerou in a recent email to Barrow said he would need a note from the Airport Authority stating he (Carrerou) would pay only half the total amount incurred. Barrow said she put the request on the Nov. 18 agenda to get input and direction from the Airport Authority.
Also on the agenda, under the Airport Authority Attorney’s report will be a proposed sublease between Champion Homes and U.S. Recycle Group Inc. for land area and Building No. 104.
The original offer
Reaction at the Oct. 14 meeting by Airport Authority Commissioners was a mix of acceptance and skepticism. Commissioner James F. Clements urged acceptance.
“In my mind, I had just about given up hope of getting anything,” he said.
However, Airport Authority Attorney Sean Parker was more cautious.
“I would say it’s not an unreasonable offer,” he said.
However, chairman Adrian “A.J.” Jackson appeared not as eager.
“I’d like to see that first payment made,” said Jackson.
That prompted a reply from Clements, who said that was exactly why the Commission should vote to accept what Carrerou offered, to serve as a formalized proposal.
Barrow posed the question, what would ensue if Carrerou were to sell the hangar before the eight months of payment were made.
“I’ll guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” said Clements.
The issue of payment has been ongoing since almost the beginning of 2013. At that time, it involved Jerry Butterfield, who owned Florida Aircraft Painting, Carrerou, who bought the hangar in a foreclosure, and Phil McCoy, of Light Sport America expressed a desire to set up operations in that hangar. In order for McCoy to take over the lease, a brownfield study was required.
At the time, in order to facilitate the transaction, Butterfield — who would receive a part ownership in Light Sport America — agreed to cover the cost if a second brownfield study was required, which it eventually was determined as necessary. However, Butterfield balked when the bill was presented. He claimed the second study was not necessary. That study was performed by A-C-T, which was paid for having conducted the survey.
At a meeting on April 8, in an hour-long session, a deal was supposedly struck in which all four parties would share the cost. However, neither McCoy nor Carrerou were at the meeting, although Butterfield did inform them afterward.