Adams Co. airport committee officials sound encouraged after meeting with Denver

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Adams County officials voiced optimism after the airport consultation committee met for the first time with its Denver counterparts.
    The consultation committee is a subcommittee of the Airport Coordinating Committee designed to get Denver and Adams County officials talking disagreements they have over Denver’s proposed airport city.
    During the committee’s Feb. 19 meeting, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said “candid and frank discussions” occurred at the consultation committee meeting.
    “I think the fact that Paul Ryan and Kevin Dryer (of Denver) are here showing good faith, if nothing else, is an indicator that Denver believes that there was value to the meeting and that there is a value in meeting again,” he said.
    Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford believes the airport coordinating committee is “gaining ground.” Ford said they spoke to Denver about working together and told them they need to know what’s happening at the airport so they know Denver isn’t violating the IGA.
    “I think it’s important that our planners and our economic development folks, our transportation engineers are all playing an active role in the on-goings moving forward ... on what’s happening in and around that airport,” Ford said.
    Hogan also defended the consultation committee’s decision to close the meeting to the public, alluding to editorials in The Denver Post questioning the legality of the closed meeting, and reiterated that the committee is not a decision-making body but a recommending body.
    “I think it was important that we did it,” he said. “I think it provided an opportunity for us to continue discussions and to move forward.”

The Airport Coordinating Committee also determined its future meeting schedule. Committee meetings will occur at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Adams County Government Building. March 19 is the next session. The next airport consultation committee meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. March 15.