Monday, June 4, 2012
After months of controversy, the county's airport issue may finally be settled at the June 5 Gwinnett Commission meeting.
A long-awaited decision on whether to expand and privatize Briscoe Field may come Tuesday, June 5. The agenda for the 10 a.m. work session of the Gwinnett County Commission 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. The actual vote would most likely take place during the 2 p.m. business session. Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville is currently a general aviation airport. Gwinnett County began the process of potentially privatizing county-owned Briscoe Field by issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) in December of 2011. Propeller Investments, a company that had previously expressed an interest in bringing commercial …
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 …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Company moving forward in anticipation of Gwinnett County's approval of the privatization and commercialization of its airport.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Propeller Airports announced Monday (Aug. 29) that resumes are now being collected in anticipation of Gwinnett County leadership proceeding with privatization and commercialization of Briscoe Field. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners last week voted again to move forward with requests for proposals (RFPs) from firms interested in privatizing the airport. Propeller Airports is one of three companies that responded to the county’s initial request for qualifications (RFQs). Propeller CEO Brett Smith said his objective, should Propeller be the company selected by the county to privatize Briscoe Field, would be to try and fill jobs locally. “With close to 10.1 percent unemployment throughout Georgia and over 35,000 people searching for …
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…
Friday, April 29, 2011
Proposed commercialization/privatization of the airport has pitted neighbor against neighbor and divided the community.
Briscoe Field, the Lawrenceville airport whose uncertain future has pitted neighbor against neighbor and bitterly divided this community, was the topic of debate at a local church Thursday night. Gwinnett County Commissioners held a special called meeting at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville to allow citizens to weigh in on the issue of commercialization/privatization of the airport. Considering the setting, brotherly love was not overly abundant. With hundreds of attendees inside the beautiful and massive church, those wearing "No Airport Expansion" T-shirts and carrying "No Airport Expansion" signs outnumbered their opposition in large number. Each time a person supporting their cause spoke, the anti-expansion crowd burst into long and …