County to eye proposed lease

JOHNSTOWN – Grandma Millie’s Bakery & Cafe at the Fulton County Airport last week submitted the only proposal to the county to continue to lease its building for one year.

Grandma Millie’s, located on County 153 at the airport in the town of Johnstown, is owned by Chauncey McCormick. The business has been there more than two years and the current lease expires June 30. But the county this spring decided to open up lease of the building to anyone from the public, seeking requests for proposals through last Wednesday.

Grandma Millie’s was the only lease proposal submitted to the county, county Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Monday.

“There has been a concern [McCormick] hasn’t been paying her rents and fees on time,” Stead said. “I think we’ll take a look at the proposed lease and go from there.”

McCormick said Monday she submitted a one-year proposal to the county.

But Stead said the county has already entered into an arrangement by which Grandma Millie’s is on a “month-by-month lease situation.”

Stead said the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee, which oversees operations at the airport, will review the new Grandma Millie’s proposal Monday. He said the committee may decide whether the county should enter into a new lease with the business.

County Planning Director James Mraz reported to the Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee May 29 that he sent a letter to Grandma Millie’s regarding: an overdue May lease payment, overdue sewer fees for May, late penalties for May, and overdue water payments for February, March and April.

McCormick said her business has since made those payments, and she’s also paid her June rent already.

“We’re completely caught up to date,” she stated. “All that’s current.”

Both Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee Chairman Rick Argotsinger and McCormick said the shorter contracts for Grandma Millie’s are because of uncertainty over litigation in state Supreme Court regarding assessments of businesses located at the county airport.

HangAir and R&R Aviation Supply own hangars at the airport off Route 67, but lease the land they are located on from the county. Both hangar outfits are suing the town of Johnstown in state Supreme Court over what they claim are unfair assessments by the town on their operations.