Friday, February 5, 2010

Airport advisors sharpen focus on mission

Express Staff Writer

Instead of focusing on operations of the existing Friedman Memorial Airport, the newly created Blaine County Aviation Advisory Committee will concentrate on developing expertise about planning and designing a replacement airport.

The group's senior member, former longtime Friedman Airport Authority Member Len Harlig reported after an advisory committee meeting Wednesday that by looking ahead, rather than dwelling on the past, the advisers can alleviate fears that the committee would slow down plans for a new airport.

One member of the audience at Wednesday's meeting, Friedman Manager Rick Baird, suggested the group listen not only to north Blaine County critics of a new airport, but to reach out to supporters of a replacement field.

No officers have been elected by the advisory committee members. It also has tabled a draft of its bylaws while additions are studied.

The next committee meeting will be March 9, and open to the public.

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