Can Our Elected Officials Assure Us Propeller Did Not Have an Unfair Advantage?

Can our elected officials assure us that Propeller, who is now the sole bidder on this project, did not have an advantage that was not afforded to other bidders?

In an email dated 11-20-09, an officer of Propeller explained to then-Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Charles Bannister, how to complete the application to the FAA for the privatization of Briscoe Field, and expressed concern about meeting deadlines. It is understandable that taxpayers feel uncomfortable that an officer of Propeller was so intimately involved in the county’s application that he took the lead in explaining how to complete the paperwork and personally followed the application through the FAA, meeting with and making numerous telephone calls to the FAA about the county’s application.

In the application to the FAA, it stated:

“Understanding the impact privatization could have on the community, Gwinnett County instated a public information and citizen involvement program for the airport privatization process.”

We have been unable to ascertain that any such public information and citizen involvement program actually took place before, or even in the months following, the application submittal. 

Do average citizens feel comfortable knowing that Airport Privatization Task Force meetings that were held at the Chamber of Commerce included the registered agent for Propeller and county employees, but not one single representative of an HOA was invited to attend? HOA’s were only to be additions at a later date, but were never added. The meetings of the Airport Privatization Task Force Committee were not subject to the Open Meetings Law, but were subject to the Open Records Law because of the participation of county employees, and most citizens of Gwinnett were not aware that they were taking place.

Can our elected officials assure us that Propeller, who is now the sole bidder on this project, did not have an advantage that was not afforded to other bidders?  

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M.K. OSBORNE February 26, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Truth be told , why dont you be the first to tell us who pulls your strings ,since you are seeking the truth .
Sharon Granger February 27, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I'm sure I'm not the only one who missed the second photo posted here. I didn't even know it was there until I got a call from a friend who read it. Look under the picture of Briscoe Field. There is a second photo of an email that was sent from Brett Smith to Gwinnett County back in 2009. I wonder what the county and Mr. Smith have to say about that email now.
Dacula Truth February 27, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Sharon, your a regular Nancy Drew! Unfortunately, the email says nothing,...
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 27, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Actually at a quick glance, she might be an option for commissioner if she would consider it. Based on your inferred standards Dacula Truth, we would/should remove most of those currently serving on the Board of Commissioners. Since we do have professional staff working daily within Gwinnett County Government, one wouldn't have to be a specialist in every area, just extremely inquisitive and open. It's interesting concept that such "experts" would always be required, considering many of those disciplines managed to deliver the 2008 economic debacle. As to this question "out of work architect right?" no response.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 27, 2012 at 04:18 AM
The demonstrated close relationship in the intial process, the extremely short effective response window of what 60 days (Dec/Jan) during the second offical round, the resulting single RFP response from Propeller, the link to the former commision chairman and the results of the Grand Jury report are a lot of coincidences to be overcome.


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