Metcalf now named Toledo Executive Airport PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 May 2010 10:09
MILLBURY - Metcalf Field has a new name.
The Lake Township Trustees at Tuesday's meeting heard that Toledo City Council earlier this month approved the new name of Toledo Executive Airport. The airport is located in Lake Township, south of Walbridge, but is owned by the city of Toledo and leased by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.
Officials hope the new name will spark development in the area, which is a Joint Economic Development District between Toledo and the township. The JEDD was created so both entities can share in tax revenue, and promote development and job creation.
The new name must also be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
In 1977 the Toledo Municipal Airport was renamed Metcalf Field in honor of Thomas A. Metcalf, a pioneer in the aviation field and Toledo's aviation commissioner from 1954-60.
Metcalf will still be part of the airfield. The main road leading into the airfield will now be called Metcalf Drive.
In other JEDD business, the trustees on Tuesday authorized an initial payment of $5,000 to the district.
The JEDD contract stipulates that Toledo and Lake Township will prove up to $15,000 each to the JEDD board. Toledo is also being asked for $5,000.
Township Solicitor Tom Hays, who serves on the JEDD board as a township representative, said the money will be used to hire a marketing firm for the property, probably at next month's meeting.
The JEDD board meets the third Monday of the month at 4 p.m. in the township administration building. Meetings are open to the public.
The district encompasses about 80 acres of undeveloped land around the airfield between Drouillard and Lemoyne roads. The JEDD agreement allows Lake Township to collect 60 percent of the future income tax from businesses there and Toledo, 40 percent. Toledo will collect the income tax and distribute it to the township four times a year. It will charge the township a 2-percent fee. The township will still collect all of the property tax.

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