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County buys airport fuel station

June 26, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Washington County will take over Hagerstown Regional Airport's fuel station on Thursday, Commissioners Vice President Paul Swartz said Tuesday.

The Washington County Commissioners approved a resolution making the deal final at Tuesday night's meeting.

The commissioners bought the fuel station for $790,000 from Aero-Smith Inc.

Swartz said Phillips 66 will provide the fuel for the station.

The deal includes the county obtaining a hangar, office space and rights to an apron where pilots can park planes.

After the meeting, Swartz said the purchase allows the county to set reasonable prices on fuel.

"Aero-Smith was costing different airline people an arm and a leg ..." Swartz said. "We decided it was time for the county to take over."

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The 6,000-square-foot hangar has a kitchenette, microwave oven, refrigerator and easy chairs in which pilots can take naps.

About 2,000 square feet is next to the hangar, and the apron measures 310 feet by 600 feet.

The fuel station has two above-ground 15,000-gallon tanks. One is for Jet A fuel, the other for 100-octane low-lead fuel.

"If we didn't do something, we may have lost the airline service there," Swartz said. "We didn't want to get behind the eight ball."

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