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Airport manager's contract gives pay raise not in final budget

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By Cindy Simpson

A pay raise for Rockwood Municipal Airport Manager Danny Collins wasn’t included in the city’s approved budget, but he’ll be getting the money through a recently approved amendment to his contract.

Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans made the motion to raise Collins’ salary from $35,000 to $39,800. Councilwoman Jane Long seconded it.

Councilman Jason Jolly was the lone vote against it.

Evans, who has long advocated the raise, said she believes it is well deserved. She also spoke of the future at the airport, which she believes can be a hub for a major company and an economic boon to the community.

“I think this is a great thing,” said Evans.

Evans frequently praises Collins for his work as a contracted airport manager. She has said he uses money out of his own pocket to hire additional help when needed.

She has also said in previous meetings that with the building and rental of T-hangers, or buildings meant to house aircraft, Collins will lose some of the revenue he previously made off renting an existing building.

The city plans to take some of the revenue from the rental of those T-hangers to cover the manager’s additional salary.

 In addition to his salary, Collins also gets a percentage of revenue from the sale of fuel at the airport.