Important Information About The Georgetown
I am deeply troubled by the manner in which the board terminated the
Skyways lease at the Georgetown airport- in closed session, with no
representation by Skyways or by the community which they serve.
For ten years Steve and Trish Cimmarusti have struggled to make a
living at this small, out-of-the-way airport, and in the process they
have brought new life and vitality to it. Steve's expert maintenance
and flight training have attracted dozens of airplanes and pilots to
this once-deserted field; Trish's coffee shop has been a welcome haven
for visitors and a warm meeting place for the local community; and
together they have revived the adjacent camp and picnic ground and
have organized special events which draw people not only from the local
community but also from airports throughout California and Nevada. In
a very real sense they have put the Georgetown airport "on the map".
Penny Humphreys has assured us that "the County will keep the
airport open and replace their services with a County employee
who will operate the fuel pump and provide security". These are hollow
words indeed. Who will replace Trish's warm and welcoming smile? Who
will replace Steve's willingness to give a night check-flight or fix
a visitor's damaged airplane - who will fly a tire to someone at a
distant airport with tools to jack up the airplane, fix the tire, and
see the pilot safely home again? Who will organize and carry out the
fly-ins and events which have made our airport known throughout the
region? Who will bring it back to life?
In a larger sense, this decision goes way beyond a mere tenant/landlord
dispute. It is about Trish and Steve Cimmarusti, who have created a new
and vibrant community around the Georgetown Airport. It is about the
people who are in themselves a rare and precious community resource.
Replace them with a 9 to 5 County employee? I don't think so.
Doug and Mary Bell