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Augusta Aviation Commission selects Doug Lively as new chairman

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 2:19 PM
Last updated Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 4:01 PM
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EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the chairman nominations by Paulette Curry. 

A new chairman for the governing board of Augusta Regional Airport was elected Thursday in what was called a compromise after a contentious tie vote for the position in December.

Doug Lively, an eight-year veteran of the commission, was unanimously elected by the Augusta Aviation Commission. His nomination was unopposed.

At the regular monthly meeting Dec. 18, the 12-member board split its vote on electing either Lowell Dorn or Cedric Johnson, both standing members of the commission. The commission’s charter did not include rules for breaking a tie.

The tie vote came after a disagreement in the nominating process. Commissioner Paulette Curry said she was unfairly excluded because of a scheduling conflict from a meeting of the nominating committee when Dorn was selected as the nominee.

At the December meeting, Curry nominated Johnson for chairman after Lively declined the nomination. Kellie Kenner-McIntyre, Richmond County’s solicitor general, was nominated as vice chairwoman and elected.

At Thursday’s meeting, Lively said he reconsidered the nomination after commission members in the past month were unable to agree on a selection from the previous nominees.

“I’d like to see us look forward, move forward,” Lively said.

Jay Forrester, the outgoing commission chairman, thanked the commission members for a “spirit of compromise” after the vote electing Lively. Forrester joined the meeting via speakerphone because he was traveling.

Lively, an Augusta native, is an insurance broker for Lively Templeton and Associates. He served on the committee that selected Augusta Regional Executive Director Gary LeTellier.

The commission also approved a final change order that closed out a contract with Choate Construction, the contractor for the airport’s general aviation terminal that opened last year. The final cost of the project was $5.3 million, which was $282,000 more than the original budget.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/31/13 - 03:41 pm
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Congratulations to Doug

Congratulations to Doug Lively!!!

Wayne guilfoyle
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Wayne guilfoyle 01/31/13 - 04:11 pm
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Congratulations....

Doug, you have serve our Community well. I know you would bring great ideals to this Commission and do great things to move forward. Thanks for all you do. Wayne Guilfoyle

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/31/13 - 05:29 pm
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SHAZAM!!

Congrats.....Ive been missing you & now I know why...busy busy busy..

willie7
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willie7 01/31/13 - 05:56 pm
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Congratulations Doug--I
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Congratulations Doug--I looking forward to your great leadership.
with the Regional Airport Commission.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/31/13 - 08:22 pm
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Congratulations to Doug!!!

We are glad that you have the fortitude to jump into RC politics and hope that your service will be appreciated by all those who you represent!

Doug Lively
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Doug Lively 02/01/13 - 01:20 am
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Thank You All

for the words of encouragement. Truth be known, the staff at Augusta Regional Airport is so efficient and meticulous, the Commission only need supply minimal oversight.

As a slight correction to Ms. Mirshak's article, the December meeting yielded a nominating committee slate of Mr. Dorn and Mrs. McIntyre as Chair and Vice Chair respectively. Floor nomination by Ms. Curry was Lively/McIntyre respectively. I declined, and then the nomination went (slate) Johnson/McIntyre from Ms. Curry. Vote was 6/6 straight up both ways.

Stickler for details when I know them.

May not be a frequent poster, but an avid reader.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/01/13 - 11:49 am
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"May not be a frequent

"May not be a frequent poster..."

Heh, heh, heh...and I was going to say local boy, AC commenter does good.

soitgoes
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soitgoes 02/01/13 - 11:57 am
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Why is Solicitor on this commission?

Shouldn't she have resigned when she was elected Solicitor?

Meg Mirshak
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Meg Mirshak 02/01/13 - 04:52 pm
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Correction

Thank you to Mr. Lively for pointing out the inaccuracy in my reporting. A correction to the story has been posted. My apologies.

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KSL 02/02/13 - 12:28 am
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Doug

Congratulations!!!!!

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