Split votes for jetport continue

By ELIOT DUKE
Of the Record staff
Posted 4/6/21

Harnett County Commissioners split over a vote related to who would serve on the Harnett County Regional Jetport committee, much like they did last month over who would run the facility for the next two years. 

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Split votes for jetport continue

An airplane is on display at a Wings Over Harnett air show and open house in 2015 at the Harnett County Jetport.
An airplane is on display at a Wings Over Harnett air show and open house in 2015 at the Harnett County Jetport.
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Disagreements between Harnett County commissioners over the local jetport continued Monday.

Commissioners split over a vote related to who would serve on the Harnett County Regional Jetport committee, much like they did last month over who would run the facility for the next two years. 

Voting between two candidates nominated to fill an open vacancy on the jetport committee mirrored results from the vote taken in March to early terminate a Fixed-Based Operator contract that wasn’t set to expire until 2023. Commissioners Barbara McKoy and Mark Johnson voted for Brandon Davis to serve on the jetport committee while Lew Weatherspoon, Matt Nicol and Chairman W. Brooks Matthews eventually appointed Harnett County Schools Board of Education Chairman Duncan Eddie Jaggers to the seat.

“I’d like to know the qualifications for both men to serve on the committee,” Johnson said before the vote.

“[Jaggers] is a licensed pilot as are some other members of the current jetport committee,” Weatherspoon replied. “He has a real interest in the Harnett County airport. [Davis] works with Campbell Oil Co. which supplies fuel to the county airport.”

On March 16, Johnson and McKoy also voted against terminating the FBO contract with Warren Investments of North Carolina Inc. When Irvin Warren died late last year, his estate planned to award the remaining two years left on the contract to longtime employee Gary Peacock, who appeared before commissioners to plead his case. The contract paid Warren Investments $138,500 a year to run the jetport’s day-to-day operations, but included an early termination clause that commissioners chose to utilize following a 3-2 vote. Matthews broke the deadlock in that vote as well.

The county assumes operational control of the jetport after 90 days of the vote.

Commissioners unanimously supported a motion from Weatherspoon to appoint himself and Nicol to the same jetport board as non-voting members.

Eliot Duke can be reached at eduke@mydailyrecord.com or at 910-230-2038. 

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