Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Airport Privatization Citizens Review Committee held their first meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday afternoon as the Airport Privatization Citizens Review Committee held its first ever meeting at Briscoe Field. In a crowded conference room three rows of chairs squeezed in the small room were not enough for all the public who came out to sit in on the meeting. Extra chairs were brought in, and even still, some attendees had to sit just outside the door. The meeting was held so the 11 committee members could set up leadership and meeting rules. The committee is expected to have a report on the airport ready by the Feb. 15, 2012 deadline. Eric "Tip" Cate of Suwanee was unanimously elected chairman of the committee, and Gary Custar of Snellville was chosen vice-chairman. The committee will evaluate and decide what the best uses of …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Foes of Briscoe Field privatization also turn out for hearing with consultants.
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners had a lot of company Tuesday morning in Lawrenceville for a public hearing on possible privatization of Briscoe Field. Citizens wearing red -- signifying their opposition to privatization -- also were in the room with commissioners and consultants from IMG, the company hired to help the county with the potential privatization of the county-owned airport. Commissioner Charlotte Nash told the crowd that it was not a public hearing or a question-answer session. The potential of commercial passenger service -- and takeoffs and landings at odd hours -- came up quickly Tuesday. IMG official Steve Steckler noted that airports receiving federal assistance are obligated to accept such passenger service. But he …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Rep. Woodall said he believes private sector deserves a chance.
Members of Citizens for a Better Gwinnett and Gwinnett Citizens for a Responsible Government turned out in force for Rep. Rob Woodall’s (R-GA-07) appearance at Thursday night’s Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots meeting. The groups are looking to Woodall for support in their fight against the potential privatization and commercialization of Briscoe Field. Gwinnett Citizens for a Responsible Government chairwoman Sabrina Smith said the expense the county would incur should any private operator fail is an expense the taxpayers cannot afford and asked Woodall for his position on the privatization program. “Like any pilot program … we don’t know if it is a good program or not. We don’t know what the success rate will be,” Woodall said. “My …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Airport consultant study expected within the next 30 days.
Gwinnett County Transportation Director Brian Allen said the county has not yet determined whether to issue a new request for qualifications (RFQ) from firms interested in submitting proposals to privatize Briscoe Field. In 2010, three firms -- American Airports Corporation, Gwinnett Airport, LLC and Propeller Investments -- responded to the county's RFQ. The issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) would be the next step in the process of privatizing the airport. At his June 11 constituent meeting in Dacula, District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said his position is that the RFP process should be open to companies other than just those who replied to the county’s RFQ (Request for Qualifications). “We’ll see what offers we get and then we…
Monday, June 6, 2011
Jimmy Norton, from Fly Gwinnett, shares some history and his position on Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Privatization is not a new concept; even to Briscoe Field. In the mid 1990s the Airport Authority saw the need for an Air Traffic Control Tower. Although a great safety enhancement, Briscoe was not slated by the FAA to receive a tower in the foreseeable future. Luckily, an FAA program for private towers did exist; it was aptly called the “Contract Tower Program.” County funds were secured for the structure and it was built in short order to the tune of $300K. The tower was then staffed with Air Traffic Controllers paid for by the FAA; an arrangement that continues to this date. Upon the tower opening, more aircraft were able to safely operate out of our airport, but the benefit didn’t stop there. Gwinnett County instantly saw revenue …