LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gaye McNeill wasn't finished.
Frustrated by the quick decision of fellow members of the Gwinnett airport citizens advisory committee to disband, McNeill appealed to commissioners Tuesday to get the group back to work.
"We believe we have a task to accomplish," McNeill said of the minority of board members who wanted to continue studying the proposed privatization and potential expansion of Briscoe Field.
Several area residents joined in McNeill's plea, and after Tuesday's meeting, commissioners said they are just as frustrated.
"As far as I'm concerned, I think the committee has a very important role to play, and I'd like to see them schedule meetings again," Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said, adding that the committee has no authority to dissolve itself. "There's still lots of valuable work for the committee to do."
Nash said she has talked with some members of the advisory board, which voted last month on a handful of recommendations but said environmental and economic studies are more necessary than their own deliberations.
Commissioners Shirley Lasseter and Mike Beaudreau said their own appointees to the board said they were frustrated that some of the board members were not open-minded. But the commissioners said they were looking at options as to how they can get them back to the table.
"They are volunteers. You can't force anyone to meet," Beaudreau said.
"They were at a standstill," Lasseter added. "I was very disappointed."