County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved dissolving the Airport Authority and creating an airport advisory board in its place, pending the governor’s approval.
The move would make the LaGrange-Callaway Airport land jointly owned by the county and city of LaGrange. All the Airport Authority assets would belong to Troup County.
Commissioner Tripp Foster asked if the move means the county would now be liable for the airport. County Manager Tod Tentler said the airport would fall under the county’s liability insurance policy.
The new LaGrange-Callaway Airport Advisory Board will contain the same seven members currently serving. Members will be appointed to undefined terms, serving until their successors are appointed.
According to the resolution, members will be residents of Troup County serving as volunteers at the convenience of the County Commission, which can determine its makeup. County Manager Tod Tentler said members will have the same makeup as the authority, with one member appointed by West Point, one by Hogansville, two by LaGrange and three by Troup County.
County Commission Chairman Ricky Wolfe asked if the bylaws have been set for the airport advisory board. Tentler said bylaws have not yet been set for the board, but the Airport Authority is set to work on the bylaws at its next meeting. The advisory board would meet quarterly.
The Georgia General Assembly has approved SB 359, the legislation dissolving the authority, and it only awaits the governor’s signature. If the governor does not sign or veto the bill within 40 days, it automatically becomes law.
The two county resolutions passed Tuesday that dissolve the board and create the airport advisory board are contingent on SB 359 becoming law.