PARIS, IL. (ECWd) -
In the past three articles on the false statements Jimmy Wells put into the fuel farm grant justification documents, we discussed false fuel sales numbers, false statements on the size of fuel tanks they are currently pulling Jet-A fuel out of, and false numbers for operational and airworthy aircraft based at the airport.
Larger Apron Tie-Down Space
In this final part, we will simply note that the exaggerations of the number of airplanes based at the Edgar County Airport were used to justify an apron expansion project along with the fuel farm. Without the false statements in the justification, there would be no need for a larger apron tie-down area.
The Attached form...was completed based on the following information from the airport manager...
That is the statement accompanying the document signed by our former Edgar County Board Chairman, Mr. Keller. That puts the truthfulness of the information squarely on the back of Jimmy Wells - where it should be - even though the chairman should have check the accuracy prior to signing it.
Our Proposed Remedies
The current County Board can remedy this situation by simply coming clean about all of the false statements in the justification application by writing a letter to IDOT and the FAA, explaining that the former airport manager lied on the application, and follow it up by submitting a truthful application in its place. I doubt this will happen though, since it would not go along with the line of a letter of appreciation for all of his (Mr. Wells) hard work.
So now we are back to the question of why we revisit past actions instead of "looking forward". That's simple. This lie will stay in public record forever and must be corrected before anyone can"move on".
Edgar County Board, you have the power to fix these lies with one simple letter - it's the right thing to do.
Short of that, we are left with continuing to demand accountability through FAA and IDOT Div of Aeronautics fraud complaint channels until someone is held accountable. The board will no longer be able to claim ignorance, they will be notified of every false statement involved in this application during the next public meeting.
Below is the justification document, most of the offending statements are on pages 2 and 3 of the 10-page document.
Justification Application Here