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North Adams Airport Commission to Hold Scheduled Meetings

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission plans to get back on track with regular monthly meetings.
The commissioners, who met on Tuesday for the first time this year, agreed that they needed to be more regular with their meetings.
"I would like to get back to our regular third Tuesday of every month meeting schedule," Chairman Jeff Naughton said.
The commission's last meeting was in December 2020 held to sort out an Open Meeting Law complaint. Before that, meetings were sparse if held at all.
Airport user and former commissioner Trevor Gilman said he was happy the commission will be meeting more consistently and noted there is a lot of airport business to sort out.
"I am elated to see that we are holding a meeting tonight; I am not sure why we haven't been," he said. 
He said he could think of a  dozen topics that needed agenda items
"There are things that need to be discussed, and I am more than happy to sit down with anybody at any time," Gilman said. "There are issues that need to be addressed and there are things that are ongoing that are not being discussed or voted on."
Naughton said he would take Gilman up on his offer and said he would welcome his input for agenda items.
He added that it was his fault as the chairman that they haven't been meeting.
Commissioner Paul Boillat added that he has not seen an airport manager's report in some time.
"I think it would be wise for us to reach out to the manager," he said. "Maybe he has them."
Naughton said he would make sure and reach out to the airport manager.
"That is on me because we haven't been having regular meetings, but we will address that going forward," he said.
The commission will meet again on March 23.
In other business, Naughton said he has tendered his resignation from the commission and will be stepping down July 1. For this reason, he asked not to be considered for re-election for chairman.
The commission agreed to hold off on the election of officers for this reason and agreed it would be better to wait until all commissioners were present.
Naughton said he would be happy to help whoever is elected in his place   
"I would certainly help in any capacity that I can until my resignation," he said.
The commission also tabled an airport projects update because the engineer was not present at the meeting. 

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