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Commissioners to reopen Briscoe Field privatization process

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's airport privatization will begin anew.

Commissioners are expected to reject qualifications submitted by three companies last year in the process to consider selling or leasing Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville.

After several setbacks -- including a delay until after the election of a new chairman for the government -- consultants recommended opening the proposal process to more companies.

The new process proposed by Infrastructure Management Group would put the controversy over commercial flights in the back seat, calling for companies to submit plans to continue the airport's general aviation operations. Proposals would include a section for a "long-term vision" for the field that could then entail commercial flights.

In addition to rejecting the previously submitted qualifications packages, Tuesday's agenda includes a change order giving IMG more than $42,000 for continuing to help Gwinnett with the process.

Commissioners could also pick members for a citizen advisory board promised to help provide input on the controversial topic.

Comments

LawrencevilleJim 2 years, 10 months ago

O Lordy, Lordy, ANOTHER 42,000 dollars spent whipping a dead horse! Just another way to try to smooth over all the citizens that don't want privitization of our airport! Our airport should pay for itself as well as add reveue to the General Fund of Gwinnett County. Many other Municipal airport do. Leave it as it is!! If it is too much of a burden on the County to run it, than find an airport Manager that understands a P&L. Can't find one? I am a private pilot who flies out of LZU. E-Mail me and I'll be glad to submit a resume! DO NOT sell our airport to the highest bidder, just because of our county officials inability to manage a budget.

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Daculan 2 years, 10 months ago

Wheee-hooo! Bring on free capital to our system!

And sadly, enter the arguments about how the properties around Briscoe will become overnight Mansions if only they can stop this.

The comments will be hot headed and predictable.

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R 2 years, 10 months ago

FREE Capital? Declan3 there is NO such animal.

But as to the position that extreme view points exist on both sides - I concur. The mansions you describe really aren't the goal of the opposition, but their magical appearance is probably have just as great a chance of occurring as the thousands of jobs promised since August 2011.

We can only hope that in any effort going forward, Propeller and any of their related agents, divisions or principals are disqualified.

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LawrencevilleJim 2 years, 10 months ago

And with that being said, The Defense Rests!

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LawrencevilleJim 2 years, 10 months ago

Funny, Just like on the Privatizing Briscoe Field website on Facebook! When someone present an opossing view, the first response is to try to discredit the person presenting it, rather than addressing the issue at hand. So sad. I'll agree to Privatize our airport when the following PROMISES can be made: The price for Hangar and Ramp rentals won't be increased. The price of Ofice and building Rentals won't increase The price of Fuel at the current FBO won't increase exept for normal market fluctuations. If after 1 year of Privatization, we (the taxpayers) don't see the Local jobs you promised, or we don't realize the Revenue that has been touted, that the Private Operator gives everything back to the County, and takes a hike! Answer that!

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CD 2 years, 10 months ago

Use common sense. If the airport were privatized, then you need to repay the millions that would become due to the federal government for previous upgrades. Using one commissioner's words: "I think a facelift is due [the airport]." If so, facelifts, even poorly done, cost money. How do you recoup those costs? Charge less? Charge the same? Or--CHARGE MORE? How do you fill the coffers of the new master? Charge less, charge the same, or CHARGE MORE?

Private pilots: prepare to pull out your wallets to an even greater extent.

This is one of those situations where if they can't go "all out" and get what they want, then they will settle for a small step. The airport costs the county taxpayers zero. Leave it be and move on to the next method to soak the taxpayers.

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LawrencevilleJim 2 years, 10 months ago

I agree! As it stands right now, I think the Commissioners are beginning to realize it would be political suicide to vote for privatization. Stop and think! Would any private company want this airport so badly if there wasn't a profit in it. Keep it property of the Taxpayers! NEXT CASE!

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citized 2 years, 10 months ago

At lease the three comissioners that are somewhat as you say, head strong, will be gone.

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