December 18, 2010


Legislature appoints airport advisory committee

Staff Reporter

Cortland County Legislators on Thursday unanimously supported appointing an airport advisory board that will research issues at the Cortland County Airport.
The board is comprised of Cortland residents John Crannage, Dan McNeil and Roger Zilliox, Legislators Susan Briggs (R-Cortlandville), Richard Bushnell (D-5th Ward) and Mike Park (R-Homer) and Cincinnatus resident William Cobb.
Highway Committee Chairman Dave Fuller (R-Cincinnatus, Taylor, Freetown and Willet) formed the board.
The purpose of the advisory board is to research airport issues before they are brought to the Legislature.
Recommendations on airport matters will now come from a board, rather than just from the airport manager and county Highway Committee.
Fuller hopes the board will help clear up questions that have arisen over whether the airport is profitable and how it is managed.
In November, Fuller had recommended a slightly different advisory board, which he re-evaluated.
Legislator John Troy (D-1st Ward) was one of the legislators he recommended, and a resident who uses the airport for business, Patrick Snyder, was another recommendation.
Briggs replaced Troy after requesting to sit on the board to represent Cortlandville, where the airport is located.
Snyder, a Moravia resident, could not sit on the board because he does not reside in Cortland County, so Fuller said he recommended Crannage instead. Crannage also has aeronautical experience, being a former member of the Air Force.
Fuller said he was looking for at least three people with aeronautical knowledge to sit on the board as well as three legislators, one of whom he wanted to be a Highway Committee member, which Briggs is.
Meetings are tentatively set for the last Wednesday of each month. The first meeting is Jan. 26.
Airport Manager Bob Buerkle will attend the board meetings to provide information about operations and answer any questions about the airport.
“He (Buerkle) will not be a voting member, just a person that’s bringing stuff to the board and providing information,” Fuller said.


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