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Proposed joint operations agreement for Greenwood Airport Board coming this week

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GREENWOOD, Mississippi — A proposed joint operating agreement for the Greenwood-Leflore Airport Board appears on its way for quick approval by the Greenwood City Council this week.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reported (http://bit.ly/YKSYTK ) the proposed agreement cleared the Leflore County Board of Supervisors last week. It would provide for the airport board — jointly appointed by the city and the county — to approve routine business, including the approval of leases, contracts and repairs, without seeking approval from the council and the supervisors.

City Council President Ronnie Stevenson said the airport board appears to be working well and should be able to conduct limited business without the council acting. He also said grants or contracts could be lost because of the requirement of city and county approval.

Council members Johnny Jennings, Lisa Cookston and Charles McCoy all voiced strong support for the plan and said they'll vote for the new agreement when it comes up for consideration on Tuesday.

Cookston said the Airport Board should have more authority.

"I feel like the board is capable and competent to run an airport," she said. "I know nothing about running an airport. I'm for giving them more autonomy."

McCoy said the proposed agreement will get his vote.

"We don't need to micromanage them. They have their own board, their own lawyer," he said.

Councilman David Jordan opposed giving the board greater autonomy and said having council oversight is healthy.


Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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