Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Who will govern new airport?

County, Hailey to discuss creating new authority


By PAT MURPHY
Express Staff Writer

The sometimes prickly topic of creating a new structure for governing a proposed replacement for Friedman Memorial Airport will be put through another give-and-take session by members of the Hailey City Council and the Blaine County Commission during a get-together on Wednesday Sept. 2.

The meeting, open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Old Blaine County Courthouse.

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Speaking at the meeting will be Denver aviation attorney Peter Kirsch, a legal consultant to the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority.

Kirsch in the past has proposed a "hybrid" board that would be gradually formed to assume some duties prior to the opening of a new airport. However, that has met with some resistance, especially to any suggestion that a new board would have policymaking powers before a new airport is opened.

A proposal by a committee composed of city and county officials to create a new authority with members essentially drawn from the three County Commission districts has yet to be acted on by the existing airport board.




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