Ex-Chapel Hill Town Council member Joe Capowski wants to serve on the airport authority that will replace Horace Williams Airport.
UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC Health Care system are forming the 15-member board that will look for a new location for the airport. The airport has to be closed to make room for the future Carolina North campus. The town will make one appointment to the board.
Capowski says he is concerned about the authority’s “too great authority,” which includes the power of eminent domain, the acquisition of of private property for public use. If appointed, he says he would represent local governments' interests.
“Though I spent 21 years on the faculty of the med school, I do not believe that a UNC airport is the all-important need for the med school, the UNC hospitals and health care in North Carolina,” Capowski wrote in an e-mail to the Town Council. “Rather, an airport must be viewed in the context of the county and towns.”