Some members of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen want a bigger say in the future airport authority that could site, build and operate a future airport in Orange County.
Legislation passed last summer authorizes a 15-member panel. Eight members will come from UNC and the UNC Health Care System. One will get picked by the state House leader, one by the state Senate leader, three by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, one by the Chapel Hill Town Council and one by the Board of Aldermen and the Hillsborough Town Board on a rotating basis.
Alderman Dan Coleman says that doesn't make sense. "For some unknown (to me) reason, the legislature gave the permanent municipal seat to "the largest municipality" rather than to those most proximate to the potential sites," he writes in an e-mail to Mayor mark Chilton. "This seems short-sighted given that any airport will have the greatest impact on those municipalities to which it is closest, namely, Carrboro or Hillsborough."
Coleman proposes asking Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens to join Carrboro in asking that instead of sharing a seat on a rotating basis, the towns each get a permanent seat on the board.
Alderman Randee Haven-O'Donnell agrees. "The airport authority's up-coming decision making is of critical concern to our area and citizens would deeply appreciate a permanent voice," she writes in another e-mail.