Commissioners were scheduled to meet Friday in a meeting moved from Tuesday because of the weather. They will be asked to adopt two resolutions to allow them to widen the airport’s taxiway and receive proceeds of a bond issue already issued to pay for it.
County Adminstrator Mike Jones said it was a safety issue for the widening to be partially completed while awaiting the end of legal challenges from residents opposed to a plan for passenger air service at the facility off Rockmart Highway.
“If you are for or against the airport, you have to agree it’s not a good situation,” he said.
Under one resolution. the commission would assume only the part of the Paulding County Airport Authority construction contract to widen the taxiway, Jones said.
The other resolution asks the commission to use about $1.3 million in the county’s general fund to pay for completion of the taxiway widening from its current 35 feet to 50 feet. It would then be reimbursed if the airport authority is successful fending off a legal challenge to the bond issue it sought in October for the work, Jones said. The bond issue has been appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court and the airport authority does not have access to the funds.
He said he sent all commissioners photos of ongoing taxiway construction work halted by the lawsuits. The work has resulted in piles of dirt in some areas where current airport users attempt to taxi into position for takeoff.
“We can’t leave this this way,” Jones said. “The only funding source is the [board of commissioners]. It’s essentially a short-term fix.”