- Cullman, Alabama

Top News

September 27, 2013

Airport Board goes into executive session, issues warning to manager

VINEMONT — Folsom Field airport director Bob Burns was apparently the subject of an executive session Thursday concerning complaints written about him by personnel board members.

Following new and old business discussions, the Airport Board elected to go into executive session, citing good name and character of airport manager Bob Burns in reference to recent complaints the personnel board filled against him.

The personnel board is comprised of airport board members Cullman Mayor Max Townson and county commission Chairman Kenneth Walker, who allegedly wrote the six complaints against Burns in an effort to allow the board to approve purchases and make changes before decisions were made. Burns said all the complaints were inaccurate.

“I received a written warning from the personnel board which was a list of complaints against how I run the airport,” Burns said. “I responded to it and that’s how it stands right now.”

In Burns’ response to the complaints he received, he wrote, “Not only were your statements inaccurate, but they were personally condemning without facts. Remove this written warning no later than (9/26/13) from my personnel file or it will require me to take action.”

In closing of the written warning to Burns, the personnel board reported that the airport has been over budget in three of the last four years including 2013. Records obtained by The Cullman Times show the 2013 budget was for $1,107,960 and the actual expense was $1,081,437. Another complaint alluded to property negotiation done by Burns without the board’s approval, where Burns cited the board’s approval on the negotiation as well as a grant approval. The written warning  ended stating: “Any further incidents of this nature will result in changes being made, including but not limited to, changes in management. This is your notice and warning to that effect.”

Walker said in reference to the complaints he and Townson took out against Burns, they do not wish to replace him in the airport manager position, but they do want to be included in decisions the airport makes.

“It’s been going on for several months and it was just a few things that were done that shouldn’t have been done without the board’s approval,” Walker said. “We were just trying to let the certain individual realize that it needed to come through the board before the decisions were made. It will be discussed more in the special-called meeting in November. Bob will be the manager of the airport, we don’t have anyone else in mind. The board just wants to be informed before decisions are made and it’s never been that way.”

 When asked directly about the complaints and why Walker felt they were a bigger issue in comparison to other airport decisions in the past, he said he would rather not comment on it at this time.

Townson did not return the calls made by The Times before deadline.

 “I always go over the financial report before each meeting with the personnel board in case they want anything explained or to add or subtract anything,” Burns said. “I always keep them informed, that’s they way I run the airport.”

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

Text Only
Top News
  • Good Hope band School grappling with massive Good Hope band growth

    With the band more than doubling in size over the past four years, Good Hope High School is dealing with what principal Anita Kilpatrick calls “a great problem to have.” But, it’s still a problem.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • WEB MUGS 2 Cullman men arrested in Garden City cemetery on drug charges

    Two Cullman men were arrested in a Garden City cemetery after 28 plastic baggies allegedly filled with marijuana, methampheatmine, and crystal ice were found in their vehicle.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Beatles Rehearsal WSCC singers to pay tribute to the Beatles

    It’s been 50 years since the Beatles made the leap from across the pond to shake up the music scene in America. Their influence is still being felt today and will on display as the Wallace State Singers present “Revolution: A Musical Celebration of the Beatles.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FHS 2 Academics improve after anti-bullying program implemented at Fairview High School

    Last year, Fairview High School teachers and students listened as speakers from a program called Rachel’s Challenge taught them about how to deal with bullying in their school.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Danny Ray Allred Former Cullman man sentenced in sex abuse case

    An Arley man accepted a plea bargain of a suspended 10-year sentence in connection to a 2012 Cullman County sexual abuse case involving his stepdaughter on April 4.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • lawenforcementreports.jpg Arrests, incidents reports for April 17, 2014

    Here is a look at the incidents that were reported to the Cullman City Police Department for Thursday:

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local groups get $38,500 in grants

    The Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) awarded two local fire departments $10,000 each at its monthly meeting last week.

    April 18, 2014

  • Bussman Spay-neuter clinics lose bid to gain legitimacy

    Alabama Sen. Paul Bussman received more than $14,000 from veterinarians across the state — including $10,000 from the Political Animal political action committee — prior to filibustering a bill to allow nonprofit spay-neuter clinics to continue operating in the state.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • WSCC Gill Accomplished vocalists to perform Tuesday at WSCC

    Two amazing vocalists will perform on Tuesday, April 22 at Wallace State Community College as part of the college’s annual Arts in April celebration.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Relay For Life Survivors' breakfast

    The committee planning the annual Relay For Life of Cullman County event will once again host the Survivors’ Breakfast to honor both cancer survivors and caregivers. The breakfast will be held at 7 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, at Cullman Church of Christ. The church is located at the corner of Highway 157 and Childhaven Road.

    April 18, 2014