Vernon Collett said he has talked to residents on both sides of the issue of commercialization of Silver Comet Field airport in Dallas and can see the merits in both.
He said he felt the county airport authority made a “marketing blunder” by not going public with a company’s plans for passenger service for almost a year after its leader signed a lease.
“One thing that is funny … is that 100 percent of the people I talked to, whether they’re for expansion or against expansion, is they didn’t like the way it went down,” he said. “They thought it was kind of shady, that it was done in darkness.”
Herb Haynes said he would seek to learn his constituents’ desires before taking a stand on such controversial economic development issues as proposed passenger service.
“I know there are many views out there,” he said. “I will listen to the people of Post 3 to understand their needs to make the county an even more desirable place to live and play.”
Richard Manous said a number of county residents have told him they support the airport “and what it can create for the local economy” despite recent controversies.
“The real issue is how we use it, Paulding County needs jobs,” he said.
“With almost 80 percent of Paulding residents working in other counties the airport could be one tool that could certainly help boost our tax digest. We need tax dollars to support the growth that we have had in the past and what we will see in the future.
“Moving Paulding forward is my goal and we need more projects like the airport to bring economic growth to our county.”