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Briscoe Advisory Committee Meets for First Time

The Airport Privatization Citizens Review Committee held their first meeting Tuesday afternoon.

It was a crowded conference room Tuesday afternoon as the Airport Privatization Citizens Review Committee held its . 

The 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 so the eleven committee members could set up leadership and rules. The committee will have 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 Briscoe Field will be tomorrow, in five years and 25 years from now. They will examine if the airport should remain public, privatize or privatize and commercialize.

One major issue brought up was how and when the public may comment. The committee decided to look into setting up a blog or website where the public may submit comments to be read by all committee members. Special email accounts for the members will also be created. During meetings, the committee agreed to follow Gwinnett County's guidelines for public comment, allowing each person three minutes each to make their comments. Thirty minutes total will be allocated at the end of the meeting for the entire comment and response period between the public and the committee. However, the committee agreed to extend that time limit if needed.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. at the airport operations building at Briscoe Field.

R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew November 09, 2011 at 06:51 PM
To speak at any meeting, the citizens MUST sign up before the 4PM meeting begins, the time allotment will allow 10 total speakers, unless the group alters its operation.
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) November 09, 2011 at 07:06 PM
Yes, you must sign up ahead of time but as noted in the article, they can extend the time for comments and discussion if they feel it is appropriate.
Todd M November 09, 2011 at 09:31 PM
I'm curious, why no direct leadership from those who live in the area directly effected by the airport? Would it not be prudent to have someone from Dacula or Lawrenceville as President/Vice President? Considering that most of those against commercialization are those who will be directly effected, living right next door to the airport, we stand to lose a lot more then someone living in Snellville or Suwanee. As stated in my other posts on Patch, the complete failure to address the REAL impact commercialization will have on the immediate surrounding community has been the problem all along. We have had people speak down to us, call us backwards, behind the times, emotional, overly concerned, etc. We have yet to have the rest of the county, that wants to make money out of our backyards, walk a mile in our shoes. This is the reverse of Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY), it is MINBY (Money In My Neighbors Back Yard). The desire to chase after proposed riches and jobs is greater then the common decency and consideration of others that will have to deal with the consequences. The icing on the cake is that there is no proof any of these jobs will surface, and who will be left holding the bag if they do not. It is very easy to make decisions when you only stand to benefit, and the other person is the one who stands to lose. Nobody has shown, nor can they show how this will NOT have a negative effect on the home values around this area.
Todd M November 09, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Come over and drive in our community, see what we call home, and how that will be destroyed. Nobody can say that they seek out homes under the approach to an airport, so it is not against reason that this move will cost real families, real money. As people decide to just give their homes back to the bank, and foreclosures go even higher then they are in all of Gwinnett, rental homes and Section 8 takes over where there was once tight knit communities, good schools, and economic growth (although meager), what do the people of Suwanee, Snellville, Norcross, etc have to say to us homeowners in this area? Sorry? I am hopeful that our region will for once get much needed representation and concern, not more of the same "your living on a goldmine and we want access". I remain optimistic, and pray that those on this board will weigh the "certain" impact of their decisions against the "proposed" and "uncertain" gains.
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) November 09, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Actually Todd, a number of the members do live in Lawrenceville and one (Timler) lives in Dacula. A couple of them even noted how close they live to the airport. Also, a couple of them also have their pilot's licenses. Here's the list of all the members and where they live: Tip Cape - Suwanee, GA Gary Custar - Snellville, GA Terry Britt - Loganville, GA Gaye McNeil - Lawrenceville, GA Mary Jane Kelley Polizzotto - Lilburn, GA Tony Powell - Lawrenceville, GA Steve Ramey - Lilburn, GA Jim Regan - Lawrenceville, GA Nickie Summers - Suwanee, GA Jeff Timler - Dacula, GA Woody Woodruff - Lilburn, GA
Todd M November 09, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Vanzetta: For some reason the Patch is loading funny on my computer, so where I can see you responded, I can't read your comment. DOH! It all shows up on one line. I will try later. Basically all I can make out is that there are members on the board that live close. I guess that I knew that, but I am a bit down after reading your article that the two leaders of the group are from outside of the direct area effected. This may or may not have an impact on the whole group, I just do not know. It does concern me though because as it seems, the two sides (those for commercialization and those against) have had very little luck communicating. Where I can see and understand why, I give a little more support to those against, because I tend to appreciate their vantage more. They have more to lose, and many of them are not against growth, just against decisions they feel have been shoved down their throat by the Gwinnett BOC. Like I said in my post, many of us feel like we don't have a voice, and even had our own rep from the BOC talk down to, and taunt many of the concerned homeowners at a meeting this past summer. It has really left many of us not very patient or understanding. I have read comments from one person for commercialization with a pilots license, and he points to "what could be" or the "possibility" of something great for Gwinnett. Before making a decision that WILL effect home values, BE SURE these "possible" benefits will actually happen.
Todd M November 09, 2011 at 10:34 PM
All the people "for" this move, seem to say that the noise, if present, could be abated. Can you see that conversation between a Realtor and a buyer? I've got a great house for you to consider, Yes, it is under a commercial airline approach, but they have ways to abate that noise, don't worry! LOL..put yourself in that buyers shoes. Would you really consider buying that house at the same price as a comparable house NOT under a commercial approach? Of course not. Our homes might still sell, but at a much reduced cost due to their location. Abatement might make noise less of a nuisance, but it won't effect perception that drives people away from buying our homes at comparable values. I fly for a living. I don't have a pilots license, but I do know that areas with an airport do not sell for as much as homes away from an airport. If those for commercialization could just show us evidence of how this won't effect home prices, then I think many of us would be more willing to go along with proposed growth, but no such proof exists. I've been to many of these areas that are used as examples of what Briscoe could become. This is why I am concerned. I am also concerned because the two sides do not seem to want to listen to each other, or consider each others concerns. For those who have to pay the price if commercialization goes forward, they should have a voice, one that carries more weight then those who just want to profit from a "possible", but have nothing atrisk
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) November 09, 2011 at 10:37 PM
The chair & vice-chair were chosen not based upon where they live, but their qualifications. Both have experience which the members felt would be beneficial to the committee. FTR, Tony Powell of Lawrenceville was also nominated for vice-chair and narrowly lost.
Todd M November 09, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Oh, and I am also very concerned because BIG money is involved. Propeller has used very unsavory tactics at trying to sell this, even telling people to apply for jobs for an program that hasn't even been approved. Combine big money, slimey tactics, and no effort to address the very real concerns, and BOC representatives that talk down to the homeowners in this area, and I see a very big reason why our side is so animated and concerned. Like I said, I pray that this process will be fair, and we will get the support that a community that will pay a much larger price deserves. Other communities should not make decisions for a community that will bear the brunt of the impact...UNLESS those communities are ready to invest county money to pay us for our loss of home value. Then, and only then will this be a shared risk.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew November 16, 2011 at 11:43 PM
This issue is so large in scope it affects the ENTIRE County and a substantial number that don’t care for the 737 commercialization - due to the added liabilities that the county would be on the hook for, are behind you folks. It may seem that you’re alone, but the political guys would be wise NOT to underestimate the real concerns of EVERYONE. Coldwell Banker has a GREAT national ad out with a jet that flys over a house while prospective buyers are there and the caption paraphrased reads; If bad deals were this easy to spot, you wouldn't need us...

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