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Monday, Nov 04 2013 08:45 PM

Measure to disband Airport Commission introduced at City Council meeting

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The City Council held its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 4. Among the agenda items was the introduction of an ordinance to dissolve the Airport Commission. Emily Brunett/Tehachapi News

The first step in the process of repealing the Tehachapi Municipal Code governing the formation of the Airport Commission was achieved Monday night at the City Council's regular meeting.

The new ordinance up for consideration would not only eliminate the code defining the Airport Commission and its role, but would establish an "advisory committee to address specific issues at the request of either the airport manager, city manager or City Council," as stated on the council's agenda.

Four community members, all with ties to the local aviation community, spoke during the agenda item's public comment period. One of the speakers was Eric Hansen, current chair of the Airport Commission.

Although he did not voice direct opposition to dissolving the commission, Hansen had previously submitted a letter for the council's consideration, in which he recommended the function of the Airport Commission be redefined, "acknowledging that the city management now and for many years effectively manages the airport in concert with the City Council."

The City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to enact the ordinance at its next meeting on Monday, Nov. 18.

For more background on this issue, READ a previous story. Also find more details on the Nov. 4 meeting on TehachapiNews.com in the coming days and in the Nov. 12 edition of the paper.

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