FARGO — Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said Monday he wants the Fargo Municipal Airport Authority to make a decision at its Oct. 22 meeting on whether the 27 Hector International Airport employees should remain city workers.
The city commissioners met in executive session before their Monday, Oct. 7, meeting to discuss the situation. When they emerged, they voted 5-0 to forward a memorandum to the authority and agreed that they would go into executive session again when the response from the airport authority was received.
The 27 employees, about half of them firefighters, have been city employees for 50 years. Mahoney added after the meeting that if they went on their own, their health insurance costs could increase as the the city plan with more than 900 employees in it can negotiate better rates.
Mahoney said the disagreement with the authority had nothing to do with the disagreement about whether a parking garage or an enclosed walkway from the parking lot would be a better option at the airport.
The executive session allowed discussion of negotiating strategy and to provide direction to the city's negotiator or attorneys as fiscal considerations were a factor.