Propeller CEO Wants Airport Vote Delayed

Brett Smith calls for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to postpone any important votes until a new District 1 representative is seated.

While some may be pleased to see the airport privatization issue on the June 5 Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners agenda, is not.

Smith plans to hold a press conference Monday afternoon "to address Tuesday’s Gwinnett County Commission agenda issue on his company’s proposal to expand the Briscoe Field in order to accommodate commercial passenger flights."  

In a released statement, Smith said, “Since the District 1 Commission seat is now vacant, no important issues should be voted on by the Commission until a new District 1 Commission representative is seated. It would be incredibly unfair to have a vote on a major issue affecting the whole county if that district is not represented."

District 1 commissioner Shirley Lasseter resigned last week . During the course of the investigation leading to the charges, Lasseter is accused of seeking an undercover agent's help in using her official position to gain personally from the proposed privatization of the Gwinnett County Airport.

A , but a date has not yet been set.

The remaining commissioners are . The June 5 commission work session agenda lists an “approval to reject RP039-11, A Public-Private Partnership for the Lease, Operation and Improvement of Gwinnett County Airport Briscoe Field” under new business. 

In documents posted on the county website, Gwinnett County Director of Transportation Martin Conroy outlined the reasons for recommending rejection of the Propeller Airports proposal including the lack of "detail for the operation, development, and planning for Briscoe Field." Other areas of concern included insufficient information in terms of the transition plan, the community relations plan, the operations and maintenance plan and in the short- and long-term airport development.

Last week, claiming the "most appropriate way to resolve the issue surrounding Briscoe Field is for the County to release the proposal it received and for a referendum to be placed on the November Ballot by the Board of Commissioners."

Should commissioners vote on the proposal while the District 1 seat remains vacant, delay the vote until the special election is held or put the measure before the voters? Let us know in the comments.

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Andrew McNeil June 04, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Amen, DavidE...as voters, I hope we have all learned our lessons. Due diligence into the background/ethics/morals/integrity of each candidate is required before casting a vote...hope everyone will do their part before the July 31st ballot!
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 04, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Well Brett wants the vote delayed, he also wanted our money too, hopefully he will leave with neither. The 51 percent scoring and lack of any financial details resulting in unforecastable cost to Gwinnett County Government (Read Citizens) for infrastructure improvement needed in the project’s support. As to the worn out claims that no taxpayer funds are needed: Why split half of what revenue we get now without even adjusting the split with regard to inflation for 50 YEARS. Also requiring a SPLOST to be active for the same 50 years? The echo of “we are looking for the facts” has been silenced - they have been delivered, as if from Egypt. Now it’s time to get OUT of the river Denial. Commisioners PLEASE VOTE NO or it was NEVER about the facts from the get go. BUT HE has a plan you say! Really! It’s a great plan! PSST – Brett the time to share that DREAM was in the RFP where you left it out, you know how it was going to be financed and all… Not getting your homework done and blaming that on Lassetter? Hey you'd make a GREAT business partner indeed. No need to let a crisis go to waste when surely you could find someone you could support for the "short term" in District 1 in the all resumes you collected last year. Good bye Bernie Madoff the 2nd - Hartsfield is calling and there's a plane ready when you are. Maybe you could visit Mayor Reed on the way out.
Alison June 04, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I agree Andrew who does he think he is trying to control the government and citizens of a county he doesn't live in. Then we have FGF who doesn't like true information (I keep posting info on their sites and someone is actually taking the time to delete it). Too bad they won't put their money into making Briscoe a world class general aviation airport. Now that might actually work.
Alison June 04, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Is it just me or does Brett Smith looks like he is falling apart and in panic mode?
GregRodgers June 04, 2012 at 11:21 PM
He has been falling apart and in panic mode since the Citizens Panel voted against him. The very next day after that vote he has been in damage control.....


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