Friday, April 26, 2013

Which mayors weighed in on airport issue?

More regional voices are diving into the issue of who should control the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.  This morning's Charlotte Observer has an article from Jim Morrill, "Mayors urge delay on airport bill." 

The article quotes Miles Atkins of Mooresville saying a dozen mayors at a regular meeting last week of a group called the Regional Conference of Mayors Central Carolinas Advisory Board

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/25/4003485/mayors-urge-delay-on-airport-bill.html#storylink=cpy
discussed the issue with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

It also quotes Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor as concerned that the airport bill is another example “of those in Raleigh trying to whittle away at local control.

“We’re just asking them … to hold off making a decision so there is additional time to investigate all the ramifications with all parties at the table,” Taylor said. “We keep hearing they (Charlotte) have done something wrong, but we don’t know any details.

“We want to know specifically what is driving the need for this legislation. We haven’t gotten a satisfactory answer.”

The sponsors of the bill, N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho and N.C. Rep. Bill Brawley, are also from Matthews.

According to Morrill, the mayors who signed a letter to N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, urging delay on the bill were: Atkins of Mooresville, Taylor of Matthews, plus:
  • Belmont Mayor Richard Boyce
  • Spencer Mayor Jody Everhart
  • Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner
  • Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh 

The issue has created discussion throughout the Charlotte region about regional cooperation. To read more:
Regional cooperation at risk? 
Threatened revote on bypass didn't happen
 and, from the Observer: 
Emotions high over airport authority push

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