New lighted sign marks Aransas County Airport
By NORMA MARTINEZ | 0 comments
On the same day long-time airport manager Gene Johnson was to retire, he had one final task to take care of – the dedication of the new Aransas County Airport monument sign.
The event was organized Friday, May 1, by new airport manager Michael Geer who has been on duty for six months. He has been working under the guidance of Johnson who remained on staff in a transitional phase.
The new monument sign features solar powered lettering and will light up at night.
Precinct 4 county commissioner Betty Stiles said Johnson showed her the concept a couple of years ago, and she knew they had monies to get it done.
She said, “We’re very proud of it, and it’s going to be beautiful once we get the lettering lit.”
County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills said he told Johnson he has been working to get this sign about as long as they have been working on Cedar Bayou.
Mills added, “He’s done a good job, I’m proud of him. We’ve had a first class airport for years and a third class sign, now we have both first class.”
Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick said, “It’s not just a sign that makes a difference in your community, it’s the people who work here.”
He praised Johnson who he has known for a long time, praising him for the quality of his workmanship.
He said this sign shows this is a first-class facility.
He added, “On behalf of the council and citizens of Fulton, this is the first entry sign visitors see coming in, and it makes a big difference.”
Rockport Mayor C.J. Wax said this is a welcoming sign to people coming into the community, not only for those arriving at the airport.
He complimented Stiles and Johnson, as well as the commissioners court for their efforts to see the sign constructed. He added, “We welcome this lovely addition to the community.”
Johnson, speaking about his retirement as well as completion of the sign said, “It’s been a lot of fun, but working on this sign was not the most fun I have had.”
He also pointed out since he began working at the airport, he has always had the support of the commissioners court, adding his job has “been a blessing.”
Geer said, “I have some awful big boots to fill,” adding he not only says that, but so does everyone he meets.
He is happy to have the new sign, noting it is the first thing folks see when they come over the Copano bridge. He recalled visiting Aransas County as a child and coming in from the north over the bridge. He said, “ We always saw that plywood sign, so I am excited to a have new sign.”
Others on hand for the sign dedication included Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) aviation director Dave Fulton; Megan Caffall, TxDOT RAMP grant administrator; Aransas County commissioners Charles Smith and Jack Chaney; and airport advisory board members Duane Schumack, Frank Schumate, Travis McDavid, Bob Kuhn, and Thurman Dobbs.
Also present was Diane Probst, President/CEO of the Rockport Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chamber staff and the Bay Blazers membership team.