Barrow County leaders will consider asking for a July staw poll on expanding the local airport at Tuesday night’s board of commissioners meeting.
The poll, as envisioned by some leaders, would be whether or not to extend the runway at the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport. Barrow Board of Commissioners Chairman Doug Garrison said two weeks ago that he would ask his board at its Tuesday, March 11, meeting to endorse a straw vote on a runway extension to be put on the ballot in July. The question would ask voters if they support a runway extension for “safety and enhanced economic opportunities as long as the airport or airport facilities are not utilized for cargo distribution and/or commercial passenger service.” Although such a vote would be non-binding, Garrison said he and fellow commissioners want to get direction from the citizens of Barrow County on the issue. The move comes after a large gathering two weeks ago at which county officials attempted to quell what has become a huge backlash by some citizens who are concerned the county plans to turn the Barrow airport into a facility for large cargo or passenger jets.