• 4 local residents to represent City Council on proposed Airport Commission

    By: Nate Stewart


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four local residents will be representing Charlotte City Council on the proposed airport commission.

    The city made the announcement on Monday night.

    The FAA still has to decide whether or not to approve the commission, but if it does, Charlotte wants to be prepared.

    On Monday night, City Council said they decided to move forward with the appointments because they said it is the law.

    On Aug. 1, a county judge granted a preliminary injunction letting the city have full control of the airport, at least for now, but the courts didn't say how to handle the airport commission's creation.

    Charlotte City Council said state law requires all appointments to the airport commission must be made by Oct. 1.

    City Council is allowed four appointments to the 13-member board.

    The city said the appointments on Monday night are not a challenge to the state lawsuit.

    "Taking this action does not in any way address our larger challenge to the law and its constitutionality," said Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon.

    The four people appointed to the commission are Pamela Bennett, a current member of the Airport Advisory Committee; Anthony Fox, a partner and attorney at Parker Poe; Robert Stolz, former chairman of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce; and Pamela Syfert, former Charlotte City manager.

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