New Briscoe Field Committee to Hold First Meeting

The proposed agenda for the newly formed Airport Privatization Citizens Review Committee has been released.

The Airport Privatization Citizens Review Committee will hold their first meeting Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. at the Briscoe Field offices. The 11 members and Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) will provide counseling in the proposals for the potential privatization of Briscoe Field. 

Here is the proposed agenda for Tuesday's meeting:

Airport Privatization Citizens Review Committee
Proposed Agenda
November 8, 2011

I. Introduction and Welcome

II. Overview
     A. Committee Role/Goals

III. Organizational Issues

     A. Structure of Committee and Election of Officers (Chair & Vice Chair)

     B. Meeting Structure – agenda, participation, discussion, decision making and public comment

     C. Record of discussion and decisions of Committee and public comment

     D. County Support

IV. Presentation of Information

     A. Introduction of Airport and Airport Operations

     B Review of Informational Binder

 V. Future plans

     A. Work Plan

         i. Plan and Deliverables

         ii. Timetable

         iii. Community Outreach Plan and Goals

     B. Next meeting arrangements/schedule

VI. Public Comment

VII. Adjournment

Duane Huff November 16, 2011 at 09:17 PM
I would also like to know when the town hall meeting will be held Duane Huff duanehuff@yahoo.com
Bryan Pease November 17, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Getting to the facts is what everyone desires. But, it is not necessary to solicit proposals via the RFP process for the facts to be made known. The RFP is a response to a set of criteria which sets forth the basis for the submittals. What is the basis upon which the County has established their criteria? These are the facts! A lot of information is readily available from which we can draw conclusions about what criteria to use for an RFP. Top among the resources are many FAA reports about the Privatization Process (including the history of the program), the recent Atlanta Hartsfield study, prior experiences at Mid-America Airport (near O'Fallon, Illinois), Branson, MO, and Stewart International Airport in New York. Bottom line, none have been successful and all were expensive. Why does the County want to risk taxpayer funds when the evidence clearly depicts the huge risk associated with trying to create a privately operated commercial passenger service airport? Is it the verbal promise of "thousands" of jobs? Check out John Wayne Airport in Orange County California. Built on slightly more than 500 acres, it has 20,000 take-off/landings per month (combined total between general aviation and commercial passenger flights), twenty commercial gates, and the airport has a total of 179 full time permanent employees as of 2009! Like so many others, I too would like to know when/where the Townhall meeting will be so we can obtain FACTUAL information and not speculative!
Sabrina Smith November 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM
To all of you who have emailed me, asking for the date of Brett Smith’s Town Hall meeting, I don’t know it yet. I apologize to those who have not received a response from me, but I have been out of town and have not had time to answer all of your emails. Brett posted this, when I suggested that he schedule a meeting/town hall/ open forum for those with concerns about his proposal for Briscoe: “FlyBriscoe 11:38am on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Lets do both! We will work on setting this up Sabrina. I have been wanting to do this for quite some time. Contrary to the sentiment on here I am not some big bad monster that wants to benefit at the expense of others.” Contrary to what many of you have said in your emails, I believe that Brett was being sincere when he said he wanted to do this. He has nothing to lose, and everything to gain by publicly discussing his vision for Briscoe Field. I know he travels and maintains a busy schedule, so it may be that he simply has not had time to schedule it yet. I will send him an email, asking for details, and offering the assistance of members of Gwinnett Citizens for Responsible Government, if would like for us to participate. If he plans to do it without our participation, that is perfectly acceptable, and we will look forward to attending the meeting. With his permission, I will post his response here so that all of you may read it.
Mark December 01, 2011 at 12:11 AM
So much mudslinging and misinformation! I am opposed to commercialization of Briscoe, but believe Brett Smith to be a man of integrity. I have met with him,spoken with him at length by phone and had several online talks with him. He sincerely believes his plan would benefit not just Propeller but Gwinnett County and its citizens as well. You may disagree with his idea but it is incorrect to label Brett Smith as ruthless or "only interested in profits." He's a good man and one that I would consider a friend. After our meeting, he knows I am opposed to commercialization and he knows why. That doesn't mean we are enemies....only that we have different opinions on this issue. It would be helpful if all parties in this discussion exercised a bit of civility and empathy.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 14, 2011 at 04:29 AM
"He sincerely believes his plan would benefit not just Propeller but Gwinnett County and its citizens as well." Why solicit resumes for a project that doesn't exist yet and you have no standing to do so in anything resembling Good Faith? Is this a reflection of a man of integrity? Actions like this speak far louder than words in a personal conversation - too bad he's not on record as condemning the incident of offering "vaporware" jobs to folks in SOUTH Atlanta job fares. People make mistakes, those with integrity admit them publicly and then move on to correction, something some of the BOC members should consider as well...


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