speaks on resignation
BENTONVILLE - Charles Rateliff
is ready to break his
silence. In an e-mail to The Daily Record on Wednesday, Rateliff explained his reasons for resigning as chairman of the Bentonville Airport Advisory Board on June 9. On June 8, Rateliff met with Mayor Terry Coberly and alderman and ex-officio board member Bob McCaslin in a conference call with Arkansas Department of Aeronautics Director John Knight.
" It became evident to me that the mayor's primary interest was to be re-elected, which conflicted with the Advisory Board's
goal of working in the best interest of the city, " Rateliff
wrote." In addition, it became obvious that the mayor struggles with aviation regulations and procedures, and it would therefore be very difficult to continue to try to work with her
also referenced an April 5 change order in the amount of $ 39, 030 for improvements to the westside taxiway project at the airport, something Coberly said overstepped the bounds of his role as Advisory Board chairman.
" The mayor conveniently failed to mention that this change order was part of a $ 665, 000 Federal Aviation Administration grant for airport improvements that would have NO cost to the city, " Rateliff
wrote." Neither I nor the Airport Advisory Board ever approved or spent any city funds for airport improvements." Rateliff also noted that the suspension of fuel services leading to the termination of former airport manager Andy Sams " were prior to, and unrelated to the tornado.
...Rateliff said that all board meetings included the presence of city staff attorney Camille Thompson and Director of Finance Denise Land.
" The mayor is trying to use me as a political pawn, " Rateliff