New hangars were constructed in 2013 at the northeast corner of Houston Memorial Airport near Airport Road and Spruce Street. Spaces for 10 airplanes were created. The City of Houston project was financed primarily through the Federal Aviation Administration. The city has plans to add additional hangars and has hired an engineering firm. 

The Houston City Council will further consider an ordinance that calls for a monthly rental fee for airport hangars at the Houston Memorial Airport.

A group of pilots opposed to the initiation of the fee appeared before council members Monday who had been scheduled to hold the first reading of the ordinance.

Upon the expiration of a current lease, the fees would be $30 per month or $360 annually for five years. The second five-year term would be $60 monthly or $720 annually. There currently is no rental fee charged.

Pilots are set to meet with the council’s airport committee. Some of those attending said they had been paying property taxes on their hangars through an assessment by the county. The city has not charged taxes.

In others matters, members:

•Heard that a FEMA payment for a December flood in the community is moving closer. The city will do repair work in-house, including around the Brushy Creek flood plain.

•Learned that an insurance audit uncovered major issues at a city-owned property on Third Street that houses a GED program. Repairs are estimated at $30,000, and the building has no heat system.

•OK’d a contribution of $500 to the mayor’s golf tournament at Oakwood Country Club that raises money for its upkeep.

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