McLean, Edwards to represent Brighton on "resurrected" Adams-Denver airport committee

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON – Mayor Dick McLean and Councilman J.W. Edwards will be representing Brighton Dec. 6 at the “resurrected” Airport Coordinating Committee at the Adams County Administration Building.

Council voted unanimously to send McLean and Edwards to the meeting along with the appropriate staff during its Dec. 4 board meeting.

Providing the board with background, City Attorney Margaret Brubaker said when the Denver International Airport was in development in 1988, Adams County and Denver entered into an intergovernmental agreement regarding the airport. In conjunction with that agreement, the cities of Commerce City, Thornton, Westminster and Brighton entered into an agreement with Adams County to form the Airport Coordinating Committee to monitor the application of the agreement between Denver and Adams County.

She said the committee was primarily responsible for monitoring noise from the airport, but after the issue was resolved the committee was no longer needed.

“Now with some potential new development around the airport, the Airport Coordinating Committee has been resurrected and reconstituted and they’re going to have a meeting Thursday at 3 o’clock, so we need to get members of city council appointed to that committee,” she said.

According to Brubaker, the intergovernmental agreement specifically states that members of the committee should be elected representatives from the city. She said it’s also appropriate for the city manager, attorney, planners and public information officers to attend the meetings.

McLean and Edwards both expressed their interest in representing the city.