After weighing feedback from citizens, the Barrow County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night against doing a summer straw vote regarding the extension of the runway at the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport.
The Barrow BOC had considered asking voters during the July primary if they would 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.”
BOC chairman Doug Garrison said the feedback he had received indicated that the straw vote was not the right thing to do.
Mike Foran told the board during Tuesday night’s meeting the vote would be a waste of time and money. Foran asked the BOC to either withdraw the vote, or make it binding.
“Regardless of the outcome of this straw vote, this county will be divided like never before,”” he said.
Before voting on the proposed ballot question, BOC members restated their positions regarding the proposed runway extension.
For more details of Tuesday nights Barrow BOC meeting, see this week's Braselton News.