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WINSTON COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – A local pilot says his civil rights were violated by the Winston County Airport Board. Now he’s filing a lawsuit and wants the Board to pay up.

Tim Rogers of Louisville filed a lawsuit, claiming board members violated ethics laws when he wasn’t allowed to rent a hanger for his plane. The suit is also asking for monetary compensation for damages to his plane while at the airport. Board President “Mike Forster” confirmed the suit had been filed but would not go into detail about the case. However, Forster did say that Rogers was previously offered two spaces but refused them. Rogers is currently leasing hanger space at the Winston County airport although the case is still pending.

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  • Tim Rogers

    Dear WCBI,

    First let me say that yes, there is a pending lawsuit against the Louisville-Winston County Airport Board. This suit is for civil rights violations, which is a completely different matter.
    Let me explain the issue I have about concerning ethics. There are laws set forth for the Airport Board and any other board or business entity to follow.

    There are eight basic prohibitions contained in Mississippi’s Ethics in Government Laws:
    -Board Member Contracts (Section 109, Miss. Const. of 1890, and Section 25-4-105(2), Miss. Code of 1972)

    -Use of Office (Section 25-4-105(1), Miss. Code of 1972)
    -Contracting (Section 25-4-105(3)(a), Miss. Code of 1972)
    -Purchasing Goods and Services (Section 25-4-105(3)(b), Miss. Code of 1972)
    -Purchasing Securities (Section 25-4-105(3)(c), Miss. Code of 1972)
    -Insider Lobbying (Section 25-4-105(3)(d), Miss. Code of 1972)
    -Post Government Employment (Section 25-4-105(3)(e), Miss. Code of 1972)
    -Insider Information (Section 25-4-105(5), Miss. Code of 1972)

    The issue with the Louisville-Winston County Airport Board is that they are in current violation of some of the above Ethics in Government Laws. Section 109, Miss. Const. of 1890, and Section 25-4-105 (2), Miss Code of 1972) reads: (2) No public servant shall be interested, directly or indirectly, during the term for which he shall have been chosen, or within one (1) year after the expiration of such term, in any contract with the state, or any district, county, city or town thereof, authorized by any law passed or order made by any board of which he may be or may have been a member. Now with showing you the law I would like to say that some of the board members currently have contracts for hangars at the airport in Louisville where they hold a position on the board which violates the above listed law of ethics. I have asked that they terminate their current contracts at the airport and the positions they hold for a term of one year which is what the law states should happen. I have simply asked that the Louisville-Winston County Airport board members who are in violation have to follow the laws like every other citizen has to do. This is the issue at hand. This issue is completely different than the lawsuit that is currently pending against the airport. Let me say once again that the lawsuit has nothing to do with the issue of ethics as that is a totally different matter.


    Tim Rogers

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