More holes found in airport financial records

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By Sarah Mansheim

More old bookkeeping holes were revealed Tuesday night at the Greenbrier County Airport Authority meeting.

The authority voted to give a 90-day cancellation of contract notice to Mountain Vending after Greenbrier Valley Airport Manager Stephen Snyder advised them that the company had failed to pay the airport for four years.

Snyder said the contract, which had been misplaced for a period of time, stated that Mountain Vending was to pay the airport 15 percent of its sales. Snyder said that there are no records of payment on file, and Authority Chair Lowell Johnson stated that he knew nothing of the contracts.

This hole in record keeping is the latest in a series of revelations that have come to light since the retirement of Airport Manager Jerry O’Sullivan in February 2015. Since his sudden departure, which was announced during a special meeting of the airport authority, the former chief financial officer Linda Yoak also chose to retire after being placed on administrative leave after authority members and the state auditor’s office found financial record keeping efforts to be lacking.

Since Snyder’s hiring in 2015, the authority has also hired a director of finance, Martha Livesay, who continues to comb through the county-run airport’s financial records and try to recapture unbilled and unaccounted for income.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Livesay told the authority she had also received promise of a payment from Silver Airways in the amount of $18,990 for security reimbursements which been not been billed to the airline during the period from October 2014 to September 2015. Livesay said the payment is pending.

Livesay also said another vendor at the airport owes $80,000 and is in the process of paying the debt.