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Airport board will vote again on Moss Lake Village lease

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Moss Lake Village. (Source: First Flight) Moss Lake Village. (Source: First Flight)

An attorney for the West Calcasieu Airport Managing Board says the board should not have cut off public comments while the lease for an employee village in Carlyss was approved.

The lease for the village with First Flight Holdings was approved May 27, but the board did not allow public comment at that meeting. Members say they had heard plenty from people at previous meetings.

According to Oliver Jackson Schrumpf, the attorney for the board, public comments were taken at three separate meetings -- held May 1, 6 and 7 -- each of which lasted about 3 hours.

Public input was incorporated into the lease, including the following provisions:

All traffic would enter and exit from Highway 27, in order to minimize the effect on traffic on Johnny Jones Road;

A privacy fence would be constructed wherever natural barriers do not already exist;

The lessee will have to obtain all approvals from FAA, LA DOTD, and Calcasieu Parish; 

The lease includes Lessee's alcohol policy for protection of the public and the employees;

The lease includes requiring criminal background checks on all residents if not done by the employer;

The residents will only work on projects located south of Southland field and will be transported by bus twice a day to and from the job sites.

Schrumpf says that a closer look at the open meetings law indicates that public comment should have been allowed before the vote.

"R.S. 42:14 part D requires that the board allow public comment period at any point in the meeting prior to action on an agenda item upon which a vote is to be taken, so a careful reading of that made me believe that we needed to undo that and revote on it," said Schrumpf.

The full statute can bee seen HERE.

Citizens opposed to the proposed Moss Lake Village met Tuesday night. The airport board meets at 9 a.m. on Monday at the airport south of Sulphur to hear public comments and to take another vote on the lease.

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