Gwinnett County Commissioners are set to vote this afternoon at their 2 PM Business Meeting on the proposal for “A Public-Private Partnership for the Lease, Operation and Improvement of Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field.” If the Commissioners do indeed vote today the proposal will more than likely be rejected.
With the resignation last week of District 1 Commissioner Shirley Lasseter the Commission is left with four members. Two have stated their opposition to commercialization of Briscoe and two have said they wanted to study the issue. The best proponents of commercialization can hope for is a two-two tie which still means the measure is dead.
One of the allegations against Lassester was that she was attempting to sell her vote on the commercialization proposal.
Yesterday Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports, held a press conference asking the Commission to delay the vote.
“The four remaining commissioners should not proceed with a vote when voices of more than 200,000 citizens, from an entire district, are not going to be represented,” said Smith.
Smith claims the BOC blocked him from making his proposal public. The CEO said the commercialization could actually be good for the community. “People in Dacula and Lawrenceville have more to gain from this than anybody,” said Smith citing the new jobs and added revenue the airport could create.
It seems unlikely the vote will be postponed.