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New Airport Authority member brings experience

Chris Buchanan

Josh Cothren

Josh Cothren

The Brantley County Airport Authority’s newest member is no stranger to the airport business, board members discovered when the regular attendee volunteered to fill an unexpired term at the group’s Tuesday meeting last week.

Josh Cothren agreed to fill an unexpired term that runs through 2016 at the meeting and listed several bits of background information on his involvement with other area airports.

“I’d like to see our airport do something like getting planes coming in here so the citizens can see more than just construction but see activity generating some revenue and start getting some businesses going so that we can start funding ourselves and become self-sustaining to our airport operation.”

Cothren, a Nahunta resident, said he is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and is a certified pilot and has worked for the fixed-base operation, Golden Isles Aviation on St. Simons Island for two years as maintenance and lineman.  Cothren has also worked security with the Transportation Security Administration at the Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport since 2008 and worked closely with the airport manager in that county for ideas of how to get the Brantley Airport off the ground.

Cothren will replace Carmel Jackson who was unable to attend enough meetings to keep the position after being appointed.  Chairman Billy Lee said that she had said her tax business and family began taking up much of the time she would have dedicated to the authority.

The group also reappointed longtime member Sonny Stokes at the meeting.

Both appointments have been submitted for approval by the county commission.

The group also approved two modified task orders for the ongoing construction project at the airport including task order eight regarding the apron expansion – of which the county will pay $7,262 – and task order nine dealing with an environmental assessment sprung on the board by the department of transportation last month.  The assessment will pull $2,468 from local funds.

Lee also announced that power line relocation continues to be delayed because of a wording dispute between the county and the Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership Corporation (OREMC).  Lee said the OREMC is requesting a guarantee on payment and that the group met to discuss the latest proposal by the county but that he did not know the outcome.

The county’s first guarantee of payment when funds become available did not pass the scrutiny of the local utility company and the county was awaiting word on a proposed change that would guarantee work in $50,000 intervals.

In other business, the authority,

•  Renewed general airport liability at $2,080.

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