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Bond issue opponents seek documents from airport officials
by Tom Spigolon
November 12, 2013 04:21 PM | 1885 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Attorneys for two Paulding residents seeking to halt a bond issue for a new airport taxiway sought testimony this week from a variety of county officials in anticipation of a hearing on whether the financing method is warranted.

A source said the hearing is tentatively set for Dec. 2 before Superior Court Judge Tonny Beavers on the $3.6 million bond issue for widening the aircraft taxiway at Silver Comet Field airport in Dallas.

Paulding County Airport Authority attorney Tom Cable said he was hopeful Beavers would validate the bonds soon.

“The danger is the [bond interest] rate will go up,” he said.

Susan Wilkins of Dallas and Anthony Avery of Temple and their attorneys sent notices to seek depositions from Paulding County Airport Authority Chairman Calvin Thompson, airport director Blake Swafford, representatives of the airport authority and county government, and Silver Comet Partners LLC.

Information they are requesting include airport authority meeting minutes concerning the closing of meetings to discuss plans by Silver Comet to lease much of the five-year-old airport to recruit an airline offering passenger service.

Silver Comet Partners officials revealed their plans in early October after signing an agreement with the airport authority 11 months earlier in November 2012.

Residents and a county commissioner sharply criticized the airport authority – which oversees airport operations – for the alleged secretive method officials used to approve the lease. Airport officials said the lease was approved at a public meeting.

Wilkins, who has led the opposition because of concerns about quality of life issues, and Avery then moved to intervene in the required Superior Court validation of the bond before an Oct. 28 hearing. They alleged, among other things, bonds backed by the county government would be used to widen a taxiway to illegally benefit a private company, Silver Comet.

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