Beaudreau Calls Airport Proposal Delay ‘Borderline Insubordination’

District 3 commissioner voices displeasure over county failure to issue a request for proposals for the privatization of Briscoe Field.

Tuesday night, District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau once again voted in favor of issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for the privatization of Briscoe Field according to a report in the Gwinnett Daily Post. The decision, accompanied by allegations of violating Georgia’s sunshine laws, was reportedly made as a behind-the-scenes "consensus" decision and without the involvement of .

The Gwinnett Daily Post further reports that Beaudreau, who along with District 1 Commissioner Shirley Lasseter and District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard , described the lack of action by county staff over the summer to prepare an RFP as “borderline insubordination."

The May vote followed a motion by District 4 Commissioner John Heard to eliminate commercialization as an option for Briscoe Field. Beaudreau proposed a substitute motion to direct staff to issue a request for proposals (RFPs) for privatization that could include commercialization. In making the proposal, Beaudreau said commissioners were elected to make the difficult decisions and needed to move forward with the RFPs for the benefit of the county.

“The citizens have spoken and they would like a decision,” Beaudreau said during the May meeting. “This is the right thing to do for the citizens.”

Not all of Beaudreau’s constituents agreed however. During his June 11 constituent meeting, saying he wanted more information.

“There’s so much misinformation going on right now,” Beaudreau said at his constituent meeting. “I’m in favor of seeing facts before I make decisions about things instead of just some people that are yelling and screaming about something.”

Beaudreau also added that .

“We’ll see what offers we get and then we can talk about fact versus fiction,” Beaudreau said in June.

According to the Gwinnett Daily Post report, Tuesday night's vote by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners means the county will follow the speediest option available for the potential privatization of Briscoe Field.

For more on Tuesday night's meeting, by Citizens for a Better Gwinnett board member and Dacula Patch blogger Jim Regan.

Barbara Davis June 13, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Barbara Davis June 13, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Amen. Now that we have 3 corrupt commissioners who used their office to line their own pockets it begs the question....what is in it for Beaudreau? What is his connection to Propeller? He refuses to listen to his constituents so he needs to go.And the DOT and other agencies have turned a thumbs down to this project-yet Beaudreau pushes on and of course we now know that Lasseter's vote on it was up for sale-and she put her corrupt son on the zoning board where his vote could be bought..why isn't that illegal? I am a life long republican but I have never seen such rampant and arrogant corruption. It is time to clean the whole house!!
Barbara Davis June 13, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Daryl....where do you live? Will the 707's be flying over your home day and night? or do you live near Commissioner Beaudreau who lives on a nice property on the outskirts and won't be bothered by the plane traffic. If you are so gung-ho, will you buy my house and let me get out of Gwinnett? Probably not. Gwinnett is teeming in self-serving politicians and corruption and they all need to go!
Barbara Davis June 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Where do you live, Alice? I suspect you don't live where the jet planes will be flying over your home day and night. This BOC is rife with self-serving commissioners who want to line their own pockets-the latest embarrassment is Lasseter. She was having financial problems (who isn't) so she put her vote up for sale and appointed her drug-dealing son to a zoning board where he could be counted on to okay whatever his momma wanted. 3 commissioners found guilty of lining their pockets and the hell with the Gwinnett citizens. I am a lifelong Republican but I am truly ashamed of this corrupt crew. They all need to be thrown out.
Barbara Davis June 13, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Brilliant!! Of course, any property directly adjacent to the airport is going to lose substantial value-my property is already worth half of what I bought it for 8 years ago and having jet planes flying overhead will decrease the value and will certainly decrease my value of life while I am stuck living in Gwinnett. Beaudreau was quick to throw his staff under the bus as you pointed out. He just refuses to listen to the citizens as well as the many entities who have all said the commercialization is a no-go! He needs to be voted out this election. He is no longer listening to the citizens and I would also like to know what is in it for him witht his airport-especially since his 3 fellow commissioners have left office in total disgrace with their self-serving actions. Lasseter even appointed her son to the zoning board-gee, you think he won't vote for what Mom wants.....he is also a drug dealer...and Mom did not know her son was dealing coke? And her vote was up for sale-she was having financial problems-not unlike me and many of her constituents these days. But she sold out for the buck. They all need to go!!! And I say this as a lifelong Republican. These people are truly shameful. Let them go......


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