Pikeville's Marion's Branch Resort

Pikeville's Marion's Branch Resort

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Trump National

Richmond, KY

#1 Apr 24, 2013
The City of Pikeville announced some years ago that they were building a Resort at Marion's Branch complete with Championship Golf Course, affordable Housing for all, and all the Amenities of Donald Trump's World Class Resorts. Why has it not opened?
Please

Pikeville, KY

#2 Apr 24, 2013
Rick King is still designing it.
Really

Richmond, KY

#3 Apr 24, 2013
Magisterial cry babies is why!
Trade Water

Richmond, KY

#4 Apr 24, 2013
No money.
observer

Hurricane, WV

#5 Apr 25, 2013
It apparently doesn't matter now what happened.

The property allegedly and obviously became a personal vendetta to Little frankie when he demanded the airport board just hand it over to him. They would have been committing a felony to freely transfer any property since the FAA helps the airport monetarily and has an interest.

Little frankie then angrily replaced a highly sucessful, highly qualified airport board with non-pilots who knew little to nothing that would qualify them for their positions. That hand-picked, obviously subserviant board then transferred the Merion's Branch property for about a third of its worth and Little frankie was happy again because "Boy, I sure showed DeBourbon and that bunch"!

Now that property, which was intended to 'eventually' be home to a much longer runway with a much more modern airport facility; much closer to town; much closer to the hospital; much safer and more conducive to large airplane operations, has become "Little frankie's folly".

He sure got his way though. I guess that means a lot more than we do.... to him.
Neiman Marcus

Richmond, KY

#6 Apr 25, 2013
observer wrote:
It apparently doesn't matter now what happened.
The property allegedly and obviously became a personal vendetta to Little frankie when he demanded the airport board just hand it over to him. They would have been committing a felony to freely transfer any property since the FAA helps the airport monetarily and has an interest.
Little frankie then angrily replaced a highly sucessful, highly qualified airport board with non-pilots who knew little to nothing that would qualify them for their positions. That hand-picked, obviously subserviant board then transferred the Merion's Branch property for about a third of its worth and Little frankie was happy again because "Boy, I sure showed DeBourbon and that bunch"!
Now that property, which was intended to 'eventually' be home to a much longer runway with a much more modern airport facility; much closer to town; much closer to the hospital; much safer and more conducive to large airplane operations, has become "Little frankie's folly".
He sure got his way though. I guess that means a lot more than we do.... to him.
Right on point. The City stole the Property then announced they could not do anything with it.

Stay tuned.
I Work

Macon, GA

#7 Apr 25, 2013
Its not airport ready until Rick Keene says so.
Transient pilot

Pikeville, KY

#8 Apr 25, 2013
I Work wrote:
Its not airport ready until Rick Keene says so.
Is it true the mayor's airport board is paying an engineer, who happens to have a son working with or for the chairman of the board, to take all resposibility from the chairman? Why would they waste all that money on an engineer to do everyday work not requiring a grossly overpaid engineer?

How much money are the taxpayers handing over every month to Rick Keene and others just because it was there in the bank when they took over and they CAN?

Have any pilots, aircraft owners, aware individuals or concerned citizens approached the present Pike County airport board about all this waste and possible nepotism/cronyism in this very, very, very questionable arrangement?

If Bill Hickman continues to pay Rick Keene to do his job as chairman, and John somebody, a lawyer, to do nothing other than sit in meetings, then what is the board doing? How much money are they wasting? When are they going to stand up and do what a board of directors does at every other airport?

If it's true that the Pikeville mayor appointed them for his personal gain, and they pleased him and made him happy, then does he not even have the manhood to replace them with qualified people now?

Is it true that John somebody, a lawyer, is paid a retaining fee which includes attending scheduled 12/24 meetings a year? Is it also true the board only managed a quorum THREE times all last year? Did Bill Hickman pay John somebody, the lawyer, as if they had seen him many, many more times than those three times?
Blame Bill Hickman now

Ransom, KY

#9 Apr 25, 2013
Transient pilot wrote:
<quoted text>Is it true the mayor's airport board is paying an engineer, who happens to have a son working with or for the chairman of the board, to take all resposibility from the chairman? Why would they waste all that money on an engineer to do everyday work not requiring a grossly overpaid engineer?
How much money are the taxpayers handing over every month to Rick Keene and others just because it was there in the bank when they took over and they CAN?
Have any pilots, aircraft owners, aware individuals or concerned citizens approached the present Pike County airport board about all this waste and possible nepotism/cronyism in this very, very, very questionable arrangement?
If Bill Hickman continues to pay Rick Keene to do his job as chairman, and John somebody, a lawyer, to do nothing other than sit in meetings, then what is the board doing? How much money are they wasting? When are they going to stand up and do what a board of directors does at every other airport?
If it's true that the Pikeville mayor appointed them for his personal gain, and they pleased him and made him happy, then does he not even have the manhood to replace them with qualified people now?
Is it true that John somebody, a lawyer, is paid a retaining fee which includes attending scheduled 12/24 meetings a year? Is it also true the board only managed a quorum THREE times all last year? Did Bill Hickman pay John somebody, the lawyer, as if they had seen him many, many more times than those three times?
Does it occur to anyone what a disgrace like this does to continue our embarassement in Eastern Kentucky?
.Why would such a little totally controlled twerp like Bill Hickman not just spare himself more public ridicule by resigning?
.Why does the offending mayor not support the airport by keeping his own big lavish airplane there and buying jet fuel?
.Where is the CHARACTER the voters deserve in their elected officials?
.Does the mayor not know what people say about him behind his back..only because they fear his police department too much to confront him in person?
.Are there any airport board members who do NOT go along with the wild extravagance and waste? If so, how many? I heard there is a doctor who couldn't even find the airport after being appointed who is NOT in bed with mayor justice's other hand picked board members.
.Is it true that the doctor who shows some character was appointed AFTER Frank Justice was awarded the Marion's Branch property by his original hand picks?
.Is it true that another new member has been appointed to that embarrassing board by the Fiscal Court who has no need to latch onto public money for himself or his friends? Are the doctor and the other member ready to stand against the other four who seem to still be hell bent on wasting the remaining 4 million dollars of tax payers money that is left of the original EIGHT MILLION?

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