City’s airport board under fire tonight

City’s airport board under fire tonight

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 6:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – City Council members are expected to question members of their own airport advisory committee Monday evening, following a controversy over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. 

“It’s got friends fighting friends,” said Councilman Andy Dulin, who said despite bitter feelings, he hoped the tone of the meeting would remain civil.

The 11 members of the advisory committee are appointed by the mayor and council.   Its chairman, Shawn Dorsch, has come under fire recently for emailing a state lawmaker and at least two leaders in neighboring counties in support of an airport authority. 

"Their mission, and I've looked it up, says they are to advise the City Council of Charlotte.  Doesn't say anywhere they are to advise surrounding counties," said Dulin.

A regional authority, governed by a 13-member board, would replace city control of Charlotte Douglas. 

Charlotte City Council has been adamantly opposed to giving control to an authority, even commissioning a study recently hoping to sway Raleigh lawmakers. 

The state senate quickly passed a bill approving the authority, but it remains in the house, as lawmakers await the results of the study.

To date, Dorsch has avoided public comment about his position, or the controversy.

“I know all the members of the committee want to  do all they can to support city council in making the best decisions they can to support the community,” Dorsch told reporters.
 

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