By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/08/16 – 4:15 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> With local control of Ontario International Airport comes a paycheck.

Airport commissioners voted Thursday to start paying themselves. They’ll get $150 per meeting.

“Yeah, after working for free for eight years, almost nine years,” Alan Wapner, the commission’s president, said in an interview.

Commissioners have served without pay since the Ontario International Airport Authority was established. Four members are appointed by the Ontario City Council — Wapner and Jim Bowman, both Ontario councilmen, Orange County Business Council executive Lucy Dunn and former Riverside mayor Ron Loveridge — and the fifth is the San Bernardino County supervisor who represents Ontario, Curt Hagman.

Officials have joked that they were an airport authority without an airport to run — until Nov. 1, that is, when ONT returned to the city’s control after nearly a half-century in Los Angeles’ hands.

“We didn’t feel right collecting a stipend when we didn’t have an airport,” Wapner said.

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