City of Atlanta addresses Airport usage
The Atlanta City Council met Oct. 2, to discuss multiple items set on the agenda.
The meeting opened with an invocation and a public forum in which two citizens spoke in regards to the first item of the regular agenda which was the discussion, consideration and possible action adopting a General Use Policy for the Terminal Building at the Hall Miller Municipal Airport.
Charles Robison spoke on his own behalf stating his connection to the Airport.
“The only thing I do out at the airport is help. I’m certainly security out there.” Robison said. “I’ve been accused of living out there. I certainly do not live out there,” said Robison. “I’ve been hanging out at the airport for many years. I’ve been maintaining the beacon for 25 years. Even when it was three telephone poles you had to climb.”
The council then recognized Steve Davis to speak during the public forum.
“I’d like to also address the airport. I agree with Charles Robison that as a hanger owner it’s good security to have him out there. I’ve never seen him live there or cook there. I just want to stand up for him,” said Davis.
The council then moved onto the consent agenda.
All matters listed under the consent agenda are considered routine and were passed and enacted with one motion.
The consent agenda included approval of the minute form the Sept. 18 council meeting; Considering and approval of Nora Prestinari and Jennifer Plum to the Atlanta Public Library Advisory Board as replacements for Lou Walls and Angie Roark; and the consideration and approval of Mayor Travis Ransom as an Authorized Signatory on the City of Atlanta RLF-Revolving Loan Fund-Account at Morris County Bank.
Item one on the regular agenda was then discussed by City Manager David Cockrell.
“There is a pilot’s association. In charge of that pilots association, there are a group of people selected by the preceding Mayor to act as a recommendation tool to the city, mainly to me,” said Cockrell.
“On more than one occasion, I will agree that some of this has come up as a direct result of the time you may be spending there,” Cockrell said addressing Mr. Robison.
“The airport group who are my advisory people, first they brought it up as a concern, and then they had a meeting not too long ago saying okay, it’s still going on. They quoted things such as sleeping, someone bringing a dog in, but not him; someone smoking in the building, but not him. Issues with different groups wanting to use it that the airport group did not think was appropriate.”
The City of Atlanta has not previously had any guidelines regarding the usage of the airport building.
“Clearly it’s a public building. However, it’s not a public building just willy-nilly anybody, it’s a public building meant for aviation purposes,” said Cockrell. “I discussed this with Mr. Verschoyle and we talked,” said Cockrell.
“That some buildings, though public, are for a public purpose such as aviation, not for recreation,” Cockrell expounded.
The council then went on to review the proposed general use policy draft.
The draft was approved by the council unanimously as policy.
Second on the regular agenda was the discussion, consideration and possible action regarding authorization to join with a Coalition of Municipalities as part of the Cities Advocating Reasonable Deregulation (CARD) to Review SWEPCO Request to Reconcile Fuel in a Proceeding Pending before the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
“Apparently they [SWEPCO] just over collected in the fuel factor than incurred in expenses. They were able on their last rate increase they were able to go in and say here is our fuel factor we will collect but in fact they collected 4.5 million dollars more than they told the public utilities commission,” said Cockrell.
“So basically, what they were going to do was say they would just keep that and extend it further on into the agreement but then our lawyers along with Mr. Verschoyle were in a group of about 18 cities and anytime SWEPCO wants a rate increase all the cities from Texarkana to Longview use Mr. Herrera and its helped us greatly keep rates down and save taxpayers money,” Cockrell remarked.
“It’s not going to say where we are headed with this thing, but it will have all these cities get together and have a standing to be heard at the Public Utilities Commission.” Said Cockrell.
City Attorney James Verchoyle then read the resolution authorizing the joining of CARD, the resolution passed.