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Airport beacon vandalized PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Lee   

Vandalism at Holyoke Municipal Airport will cost the city roughly $800, according to City Supt. Mark Brown.

Brown reported at the March 1 City Council meeting that someone shot out a lens of the airport beacon. The entire unit was lowered by city workers and inspected when they noticed something was wrong. Glass from the broken lens fell into the gears but didn’t appear to damage it further, according to Brown.

The light, which rotates beams of green and white light, sits on the east side of the runway about halfway down the strip.

Holyoke Police Chief Phil Biersdorfer and Brown said they think whoever shot the light, shot to the west from County Road 43. There was a mark in the pole which helped them estimate the angle of the shot.

Holyoke P.D. believes a .22 caliber rifle was used, however no casings were found after searching the road where it was suspected the shooter was standing.

Reports of city officials

Council members heard a report from City Supt. Brown who said city crews have been busy rodding sewer lines over the past few weeks. He said they have found some unusual objects in the lines including such things as chunks of wood and even mortar.

When approving monthly bills, councilman David Churchwell questioned the gas bill for the swimming pool. Brown said compared to a year ago, the new boiler is running, and should continue to run much cheaper than the old one.

Other business

In other business March 1, council members:

—voted to contribute $9,000 to Phillips County Economic Development Corporation for the 2011 membership.

—accepted a bid from Blackwolf Transport Inc. for $13.95 a ton to haul seal coat rock from TXI in Boulder to Holyoke. Other bidders were Keeter Enterprises and Allen Mitcheck Feed and Grain.