GDOT: Airport RFP Issued As Instructed

Acting transportation director Kim Conroy says request for proposal for Briscoe Field was issued in accordance with instructions received from the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in August.

The issuance this week of a request for proposal (RFP) for the potential privatization of county-owned Briscoe Field has been in the works since August according to Gwinnett County Department of Transportation (GDOT) acting director Kim Conroy.

“The Board instructed staff to issue the RFP prior to the end of the year,” Conroy said referring to the . During the August meeting, Beaudreau, who along with Lasseter and Howard , described the lack of action by county staff over the summer to prepare an RFP as “borderline insubordination."

The . The issuance of the RFP came as a surprise to at least one member of the county-created airport .

Member Jim Regan said he believed the county intended to wait until the review committee finished its work before moving forward with the privatization process.

“We did not know not they were about to issue the RFP,” Regan said.

According to the resolution passed in October by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, the committee is tasked with assisting in “evaluating current and potential future uses of the Gwinnett County Airport and to make recommendations for the maintenance and utilization of the Airport with a view toward the best interests of Gwinnett County and its citizens.”

According to Kim Conroy, the citizen review committee work and the RFP process were intended to run at the same time.

“We were instructed to do both,” he said. “I think staff’s interpretation was that it would run simultaneously.”

Conroy said the recommendations of the committee would be reviewed in conjunction with proposals received from .

However, the resolution authorizing the creation of the airport privatization citizen review committee indicated the group could potentially be involved in the RFP issuance process. The resolution stated, “If requested by the Board of Commissioners, the Committee may review and provide comments on any draft Request for Proposal for the privatization of the Gwinnett County Airport.”

Regan said the committee was not asked to review any draft proposal.

According to the RFP, responding companies "may specifically propose the introduction of scheduled passenger service, and/or how the Respondent would position the airport to proceed if and when the County were to approve the seeking of schedule passenger service."

The county has scheduled a news conference regarding the RFPs for Jan. 5, 2012. The full RFP can be viewed on the website.




Jimmy Orr December 10, 2011 at 05:30 PM
What next for the airport privatization citizen review committee? Since it is apparent that the BOC moved forward on RFP's without waiting for the final findings of what I consider a duly appointed committee, is there further need for their input? Seems like the sole purpose of the citizen review committee was to dupe us taxpayers into believing that there would be citizen input which would serve our best interests. I surmise that we may have another Gwinnett Stadium in the making. Received several e-mails yesterday (Friday) asking if I was going to today's (Saturday) monthly "Meeting with Mike" (Beaudreau) to which I replied that I did not plan to attend as it would be a waste of my time. I further advised those sending me an e-mail that the person to be met with was Madame Chairwoman with the #1 question to be asked, "Was the citizen review committee duly notified before the RFP decision went to the news media?" If not, this was disrespectful of the members of said committee who have been devoting their time in assisting the BOC in formulating RFP's which could make a non-core county service asset become a profitable asset to Gwinnett County.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 10, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Since the stadium is so fresh on our minds, perhaps we can use it as a rough forecaster of the airfield project's future. The economic benefits claimed with be overstated by 35 to 45 percent and the related costs will be 140 percent greater or more than initially released. I see HOT lane technology used to guarantee travel times to both projects on the horizon. Funny, no one ever refers to NJ's Newark Airport as a model for us to emulate...


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