A long-standing agreement between the Sedona Airport and the Sedona Fire District to lease a communications tower on Airport Mesa for $1 per year is coming to end. In its stead, the airport is seeking a 10-year contract with a more-than-symbolic fee — something in the ballpark of $1,750 per month.
Officials for the airport and fire district both characterized the old agreement as a relic of a bygone era in Sedona when city business was done in a more informal way. Ed Rose, general manager for the Sedona Airport, called the old deal a “good ol’ boys thing,” while SFD Governing Board President Dave Soto described it as a “gentlemen’s agreement.”
Under the deal, which expired in September but has been temporarily extended, the airport leased the tower to SFD in exchange for the fire district’s emergency services to the airport — and $1.