East Hampton Town will appoint a new airport manager this week to replace Jim Brundige, who is retiring in October after 10 years on the job.
At Tuesday’s Town Board meeting, Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, the airport liaison, announced that 33-year-old Jemille Charlton will take over Mr. Brudige’s responsibilities.
Mr. Charlton is no stranger to the airport: Since May 2013, he has worked with Mr. Brundige as airport attendant. “He has the credentials and a solid background in aviation,” Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said. “We look forward to working with him.”
Once the Town Board approves a resolution, Mr. Charlton will take over as airport manager effective immediately, and Mr. Brundige will work with him through October 17.
According to Ms. Burke-Gonzalez, Mr. Charlton has in the past worked for the airport’s fuel service company, Sound Aircraft, as a lineman, and for East Hampton Airlines as a charter and customer service representative.
For 15 years, Mr. Charlton has been a member of the Air National Guard, as aerospace maintenance craftsman for Lockheed Martin and as a crew chief for the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard in Westhampton Beach.
In a statement, Mr. Charlton said he is very familiar with the airport and its many moving parts.
“Working closely with the Town Board, the airport advisory committees appointed by the board, businesses on the field, businesses that service the airport, and most important, the residents of our community, I believe we can take our airport into the future while maintaining our unique East End quality of life,” he said. “Being a third-generation resident and now raising the fourth here, I understand what it means to be fully invested in this community and will strive to maintain its ideals and values.”
Ms. Burke-Gonzalez also announced on Tuesday that the Town Board will select an engineer to “get tighter numbers” for the airport’s capital plan and to look at its infrastructure and make recommendations about what is needed there.
Arthur Malman, the chairman of the town’s Budget and Finance Committee, said that the committee recommends hiring the Michael Baker Corporation, of Maryland and White Plains, since the company provided more information on its experience with other projects, and employs nine New York State-licensed engineers.
A resolution will be on the agenda at Thursday’s regular Board Meeting.
Kim Shaw, the town’s director of natural resources, said on Tuesday that East Hampton Town is working with the village, the town trustees, the Nature Conservancy and other environmentalists and engineers to create a plan to improve water quality and decrease the insurgence of algal blooms. They will create a plan for flushing the pond and minimizing fertilizer use within the watershed and better remediate runoff issues.
The public will have an opportunity to air their opinions and ask questions about the town’s proposed rental registry law on both Tuesday, October 14, and Tuesday, October 21.
The law aims to curb excessive rental turnover by requiring that renters register with the town before renting their homes or face fines or jail time.