NORTH ADAMS — Police have dropped an investigation into former Airport Commission member Trevor Gilman and Teamflys, the scenic flight and flight instruction company he managed as a volunteer at the city's airport.
Mayor Thomas Bernard confirmed that the city was informed of the decision Friday morning.
Gilman was removed from the Airport Commission last December by former Mayor Richard Alcombright, amid an inquiry into an unpaid balance in the city-owned Harriman-and-West Airport's fuel account.
Gilman's attorney, Timothy Shugrue, said Gilman fully cooperated with Massachusetts State Police over the course of several months, conducting multiple interviews and releasing records such as emails.
"There was no wrongdoing, everything was above board," Shugrue told The Eagle.
Gilman was a volunteer manager for Teamflys, which had racked up a debt for aviation gasoline.
"They city stopped billing, is the problem," Shugrue said. "As soon as they sent him the bill, he paid the balance that was due."
The amount is estimated to be about $23,000 to $24,000, but Bernard did not have immediate access to the exact figure Friday evening. The payment was put on hold while the investigation was pending.
"The payment makes the city whole, so assuming those [checks] are released, we would be made whole," Bernard said.
Gilman referred questions from an Eagle reporter to his attorney and declined to comment on the matter, other than to say the decision was "expected."
"This is not something I was surprised about," Gilman said of the authorities' decision.
Gilman, a professional pilot, became synonymous with the airport as a decade-plus volunteer there.
As a volunteer and commissioner, Gilman oversaw the airport's self-service fuel system. He acknowledged his substantial role at Harriman-and-West in a May 2017 email to Alcombright and Airport Commission Chairman Jeffrey Naughton that was obtained by The Eagle via a Massachusetts Public Records request.
"Some of these things include, but are not limited to: receiving fuel deliveries and maintaining the self-service fuel system," Gilman wrote in an explanation of his duties, which went on to include a list ranging from lawn care to hosting aviation events.
Bernard said there were "issues of internal control" of the fuel system at the airport that city officials have since worked to correct. In this case, he said the "the billing entity" and the user, Teamflys, became "hard to distinguish."
Teamflys' assets were sold and the company ceased to operate last December after about four years in business.
Former Teamflys owner Paul Renaud could not immediately be reached Friday, but had told The Eagle this year that "we've got nothing to hide."
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