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Well-traveled manager wants to improve air service reliability at Quincy Regional Airport – Muddy River News

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QUINCY — Chuck Miller grew up in Ohio, spent 29 years in Alaska and held positions all over the world.

He has spent the past six months as an airfield manager for a US Army installation while living with his wife, daughter and four granddaughters in Copperas Cove, Texas. He will start a new job on Monday as manager of the Quincy Regional Airport.

Quincy Mayor Mike Troup announced Miller’s appointment at the Quincy City Council meeting on Monday. Miller, one of 26 candidates for the position, will replace Sandra Shore, who left in February to become airport manager for downtown St. Louis in Cahokia Heights. Shore had run Quincy Airport since 2018. Gabriel Hanafin was the interim manager while the city searched for Shore’s replacement.

Asked what attracted him to the job, Miller said, “The city is much more like where I grew up (in Mount Vernon, Ohio). It’s rural, and damn it, the people were friendly.

Miller’s hiring was celebrated at Monday’s meeting, as was the swearing in of the two new Quincy Police Department deputy chiefs – Mike Tyler and Travis Wiemelt – hired last week.

“It’s a big deal,” Troup said. “You have the chief (Adam Yates) who was able to swear in his two deputy chiefs. This is a big step in the reorganization of the department. And for us, filling the free slot (at the airport) that we’ve had for seven months is another huge staff item. So yes, it’s a beautiful day.

Quincy Police Department chief Adam Yates, left, swears in deputy chiefs Mike Tyler, center, and Travis Wiemelt during Monday’s city council meeting. | david adam

Miller will take over an airport that is expected to transfer its essential air service provider from Cape Air of Hyannis, Mass., to Southern Airways Express of Palm Beach, Florida. The airport also has several construction projects underway or about to start as part of $30 million in upgrades.

“We have more construction projects going on at the airport right now than we’ve had in over 10 years,” Troup said.

However, Miller wants to address the reliability of Quincy’s air service. Troup told aldermen at the April 13 city council meeting that Cape Air had canceled “about 40% of our flights” from Quincy to St. Louis and Chicago in February and March.

“One of the many goals I have is to get the reliability of air service back to where it needs to be so people can actually plan to use it,” he said.

Miller called the completion rate earlier this year “abyssal.”

What does Miller intend to do to remedy this? Talk to people, he said.

“I want to talk to the folks at IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation), folks at the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), the new carrier that’s coming on board,” he said. “That’s a very big part of what a successful airport manager does. I don’t own the planes that fly there. I don’t own the people who exploit them. But I can talk to them. We find enough common ground to make it work. I would like to see the carrier having to ramp up their operations because all of a sudden they don’t have enough planes to support the traffic flow that we are providing. »

Miller’s aviation career began in 1980 when he was a rescue helicopter pilot for the US Air Force in Korea and the Philippines. He says he was credited with 53 lives saved.

He previously worked in airport administration at the ARCTEC Alaska Project headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska; Herat International Airport in Afghanistan; an airbase on Ascension Island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean (between Africa and South America); and at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Jordan.

“I’m not afraid to try new things,” Miller said of her travels around the world. “I’m going to come into a fluid situation, so I think it’s going to be fun.”

Aldermen approved the following recommendations from the Traffic Commission:

  • Removed stop signs at the intersection of 13th and Lind and yield signs at the intersections of 14th and Lind and 16th and Lind. The city will put up four-way stop signs at the intersection of 14th and Lind and 16th and Lind.
  • Removed two-hour parking on both sides of North 14th, from North Broadway to an alley.
  • Establishment of a school speed zone for Ulmus Academy, 2001 Jefferson, on Jefferson Street from 220 feet west of the center line of South 20th to 50 feet west of the center line of South 21stand South 20e from 220 feet south of Jefferson to 400 feet north of Jefferson.
  • Place a stop sign at the intersection of Ninth and Van Buren, traffic on Van Buren stopping for traffic on Ninth.
  • Implementation of a no parking zone on both sides of Wysteria Lane.
  • Establishment of a stop in all directions at the intersection of Northbrook Drive, Taylor Drive and Parkwood Drive.

In another action during the 32-minute meeting, the aldermen approved:

  • Raffles for Blessing Health System for one year; veterans of foreign wars from December 1 to November 30, 2023; and Quincy Elks Lodge 100 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks from September 20 to November 5.
  • A special event request from the Quincy Early Tin Dusters to hold their annual Fall Color Run on October 14-15 in downtown Quincy.
  • A special event request from the Quincy Public Schools Music Department to hold the annual Octoberfest Marching Band Parade at 2 p.m. on October 15, beginning at 33rd and Maine and continuing west to 14e and Maine.
  • A special event request from Quincy Brewing Company to hold a craft market from noon to 6 p.m. on October 1.
  • A request from the AirMedCare Network to have planes at the Teddy Bear Clinic at Blessing-Rieman, 3609 N. Marx Drive, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 2.
  • The purchase of 15 roll-off containers from Gregory Container Company of Kahoka, Mo., for $168,750.
  • The purchase of 500 residential garbage carts for $27,390 from Cascade Cart Solutions of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • An order permitting the transfer of an undedicated driveway to Sunset Home.
  • Ordinance amending the budget for the 2022-23 financial year. Surplus revenue from the general fund will fund the Airport Solar Project, Airport Hangar Apron Extension Project UIN5025; and improving infrastructure to raise the breakwater to the barge wharf.

The aldermen also heard an update on the PCs for People program at Bethel AME Church, 905 Oak. After sharing the opening prayer, Reverend Carl Terry shared information about a free computer from noon to 3 p.m. Friday for families with incomes below $35,000 a year. Terry said 223 computers were donated and his goal is to donate 500 computers.

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