LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, one member short amid the throes of another scandal, could finally vote Tuesday on the proposed privatization of Briscoe Field. The official recommendation is for rejection of the proposal.
The agenda packet posted online after business hours Friday includes an item listed as "approval to reject ... a public-private partnership for the lease, operation and improvement of Gwinnett County Airport." A vote on the proposal from Propeller Airports -- the sole company to submit a proposal -- would likely be held during a 2 p.m. business session Tuesday.
A work sessions is scheduled for 10 a.m.
The agenda packet also included a memo which detailed the evaluation committee's reasoning behind recommending rejection.
Evaluation teams said that "while the proposal included a sufficient team of subcontractors ... it provided only minimal detail for the operation, development, and planning for Briscoe Field. Emphasis was placed on the concept of and justification for air carrier service at Briscoe."
Among several other potential issues, the memo issued by the Department of Transportation's Martin Conroy pointed to the proposal's "minimal responses to key technical proposal elements." Financial elements of the proposal also "provided minimal detail and lacked supporting information to adequately assess the validity of the financial projections," the memo said.
Propeller Airports' Brett Smith could not be reached for comment Friday.
Tuesday's potential vote would come just five days after Commissioner Shirley Lasseter resigned and pleaded guilty to bribery charges stemming from "selling" her vote on a proposed Duluth pawn shop. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Lasseter also told an undercover agent that her vote on the airport was open to bribes.
Briscoe Field has been a hotbed of contention with citizens for more than two years.
In his recommendation, Conroy called the proposal's score "significantly low."
"Based upon the minimal detail provided in the technical and financial portions of the Propeller proposal as well as the concerns noted previously, the Department (of Transportation) recommends rejection of the proposal," Conroy wrote.