More comments on Mammoth Airport issues

ssues continue in the new week at Mammoth-Yosemite Airport. A former employee maintains concerns over safety and Town mammothairportnightofficials continue to examine jobs and real needs in town government.

Doug Kriese, former airport employee, has maintained that the airport went for several weeks without enough fire retardant foam in a rescue truck as required.
Other allegations involve allowing dogs and vehicles on the runway, failure to repair lighting and a lack of training.

Airport Manager Bill Manning has declined to comment on that except to say that last summer the airport received an FAA Airport Safety Award. Manning added that every year the FAA inspects the airport and “looks at all aspects of safety. Every year we are declared in compliance,” he said.

When asked about the status of Mr. Manning and airport operations, Council member Jo Bacon said, “I would say we are not done with restructuring and looking at positions and positions in all town departments. There are likely more changes ahead,” said Bacon. Asked why changes lie ahead, Bacon said that over time the Town has not taken an overall approach with where things were going with jobs. Bacon said the Town government needs personnel updates. She called it a “long process.”

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