Update to Airport Dirt – let’s not attack Commissioner Candidates

Yesterday 3/11/19 Mr. Cabral called me. He said he was not interested in the option of a tax write-off as written on Commissioner letterhead. He said he believed in transparency & a level playing field. He said the airport authority may be issuing a public advertisement seeking sealed proposals. He said while the cost of the dirt/slag may not be an issue there is cost to load and transfer the dirt/slag .  As I said before, I thank this company (and any other company) for thinking of Fayette County.

I learned that there was an early November meeting attended by Commissioner Vicites, Commissioner Lohr, the airport consultant, Patty Yauger representing former Cong Shuster, John Frick, representing Sen Toomey, Mr. Cabral, airport management and/or board members and others. So why 2 and not 3 commissioners? Fayette Co is represented by 3 commissioners. If they were fearful of a violation of the Sunshine Act that occurs when a majority (2) have a pre-arranged meeting (they did) for the purpose of discussing an issue that later would be voted upon. So if this will not come before the Board of Commissioners there would be no violation so what is the reason to exclude the duly elected commissioner? The Airport Authority is appointed by 3 commissioners and represents the interests of the public..it is the Public’s Tax Dollars that helps to keep that airport afloat.
I will obtain any minutes or notes taken at this “exclusive meeting” and any subsequent airport minutes. I will remind the chief county solicitor to not author a letter using commissioners letterhead without informing all 3 commissioners, after all he too is paid by county tax dollars. As for the airport authority board members, consultant, and others to exclude a duly elected commissioner from an important meeting…no I wont waste my time in talking to them about it…….

And finally to Commissioner candidate Dave Lohr and Commissioner candidate Vince Vicites seeking re-election… the voters will surely see through any attempts to blame or tarnish those candidates seeking your seat so whether it is you or your political minions no need to take your shots. It is pitiful enough that you do so to me please don’t do it to those seeking to serve as Commissioners.

Fayette Co aiport “gets dirt” Exclaims Dave Lohr commissioner seeking re-election

You asked for this information so here it is.

I’ve received inquiries asking what Commissioner Dave Lohr is talking about when he says “he got dirt” for an airport project. Well, I didn’t know what all of you were talking about so after digging for this information I finally today received a November 2018 letter that our chief county solicitor Jack Purcell wrote. As you can see I was not copied on the letter. Regardless, knowing the politics of Fayette County, see the letter.  So, the company needs to unload dirt/slag and wishes to give the dirt/slag to the county/airport but before doing so seeks to know if it can be a tax deduction.

I thank the company for thinking of Fayette Co to unload the dirt/slag. If the company can benefit from this via a legal tax deduction, then okay. If our county airport needs the dirt/slag okay; perhaps ask the Airport and/or former commissioner Al Ambrosini the reported consultant to some airport project If we all can benefit..Great. We all win. But seriously, lets put this all in prospective as to why Lohr is claiming this as a candidate and commissioner gain. And… I won’t even go into why Purcell, Rhodes, Lohr or anyone else failed to be transparent and discuss this county issue openly.

Read letter . Airport dirt