9/13/2016 BOC Work Session Minutes

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building

Chairman Hood called the meeting to order.

The Board discussed each item on the agenda for the Regular Meeting and made no changes; one item was added to the agenda later in the meeting.

Mr. Ron Dobbs, with the Airport Authority, came before the Board to make a request of the Board to partner with the City of Calhoun to fund the expansion of the hangers at the airport to try to attract the aviation industry to Calhoun/Gordon County. He commented that we don’t have the facilities, we have the infrastructure and runways and approaches and a great location, but we need the larger hangers to attract the companies and the jobs they bring into the County as well as the tax revenue that a $15 million jet would bring in. There are a lot of benefits that we could derive if we get those folks to come in to our City and County.

Mr. Phil Eberty, with Lead Edge Design Group, who is working with the Airport Authority to design a plan for the new hangers, came before the Board. Mr. Eberty advised that the airport was studied by the D.O.T. several years ago and it estimated that 5 years in the future the airport, if it does well, would have 75 based aircraft, we actually are tied currently for 7th place in our category in the entire state of Georgia and have 107 based aircraft. Mr. Eberty said that the airport is doing great and there is a state project funded by D.O.T. and FAA going on there right now, it is a project for a parallel taxiway. He pointed out on a site map the location that would be available for new hangers and urged the City and County to share in the funding for this project.

The Board discussed several voluntary board vacancies that need to be re-appointed or name new appointees to. The Board was asked to contact their appointees to the Historic Preservation Commission. Other vacancies will be addressed by the Board at later meetings The Library Board had requested that Amy Beason be reappointed to that board and there was a consensus of the Board of Commissioners to add that reappointment to the Agenda.

Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to close the Work Session. Commissioner Gazaway seconded the motion and all voted aye.

There being no further business, the Work Session adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

Author: County Clerk

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