Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Commissioners responded Tuesday to the airport citizen review committee, which asked for board support to continue its work after disbanding in December.
Frustrated with the issuance of a request for proposals moving forward with the controversial Gwinnett Airport privatization process before the committee's work was complete, the group agreed to meet again last week with some qualifications from the Board of Commissioners.
In response, the board voted to "affirm the importance" of the committee and instruct the group to continue its work. Commissioners also promised to "engage in thorough due diligence efforts prior to any action to award the proposal for privatization of Briscoe Field."
That proviso came short of the committee's request against acting on proposals, which are due Wednesday, until its report is complete. But they gave the committee a May 8 due date for recommendation.
Commissioners also did not address a request that the committee be allowed to review the proposals before they become public and a request for an environmental assessment of impacts to expansion at Briscoe Field. However, Commissioner Lynette Howard was designated as a liaison to the committee to clarify the resources the county would provide.
"The work of this committee is very important, no matter what happens with the request for proposals," Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said, adding the group has a role in gathering input from the public on the controversial topic.
Committee members are expected to meet soon to decide if the commissioners' response is enough to continue their research.