The Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority met in a called meeting on Friday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss hiring a lawyer and the necessity of cutting trees.
At the meeting, a discussion was held about hiring Ron Daniels, formerly of Rhine, as the authority’s attorney for legal matters with the exception of litigation. Daniels is currently working at the law firm of Burt and Lassiter, LLC., in Warner Robins. Authority member Phil Bearden spoke up about hiring John Harrington, since he was also the Dodge County/Eastman Development Authority attorney. He felt that it would bring cohesion between the two authorities by using the same attorney, especially in cases of economic development.
Some of the members of the airport authority felt that they should have a separate attorney for matters other than economic development. After much discussion about the two attorneys, Phil Bearden made the motion to use Harrington as the attorney for the authority for economic
development issues. The motion was seconded by Butch Kirkley. Bearden, Kirkley, Terry Niblett, Lamar Marshall and Steve Greer voted in favor of the motion. Bobby Slye and John Clements voted against the motion.
Terry Niblett then made a motion that the authority hire Daniels for all other legal matters of the authority with the exception of economic development and litigation. All the members voted in favor of the motion.
Authority members then discussed cutting trees that currently partially block the air traffic control tower’s view of one of the taxiways. The trees need to be cut back to give a full view of the taxiway for safety reasons.
Bearden had been asked to speak to the property owners and reported that they were not receptive to cutting any of the trees. The authority members discussed many ways to work with the property owners about removing the invasive trees and stated they wanted to work with the landowners in any way possible to come to a resolution that would suit both parties. The authority will try to meet with the landowners again to propose possible resolutions to the problem.