Excerpt from Minutes of the May 7, 2001 Meeting of the Chapel Hill Town Council:
Council Member Bateman pulled #5e, Report on Airplane Crash at Horace Williams Airport.
Regarding 5e, Pat Greenwell, representing the Board of Directors of the Chapel Hill Flying Club, read a letter to Mr. Horton clarifying the details of an accident near the Horace Williams Airport.
COUNCIL MEMBER BATEMAN MOVED THAT THE COUNCIL REQUEST THE UNIVERSITY TO CLOSE HORACE WILLIAMS AIRPORT AND MOVE IT TO ANOTHER LOCATION.† COUNCIL MEMBER FOY SECONDED.
Council Member Brown noted that the Council had done that in the past.† Mr. Horton stated that previous Councils had done so, but the present Council had not.
Council Member Ward asked that the motion be rephrased to ask for a reopening of negotiations regarding the status of the Airport and its location and operation.
Council Member Evans noted that since there was a Town-Gown Committee in place this might not be the right time for the Council to take this action.
Council Member Brown said she supported the motion with Council Member Wardís modification that the Council request that the University to re-evaluate the status of the Airport and its location.
Council Member Bateman accepted Council Member Wardís amendment.
Mayor Waldorf asked that the motion include a specific evaluation of whether it should be a University-only airport and also to include comments from the Fire Chief and the Manager subsequent to their investigation.†† Council Member Bateman accepted that as well, and restated her motion:
COUNCIL MEMBER BATEMAN MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER WARD, TO REQUEST THAT THE UNIVERSITY RE-EVALUATE THE STATUS AND LOCATION OF THE AIRPORT, INCLUDING WHETHER IT COULD BE A UNIVERSITY-ONLY FACILITY, AND THAT THE COUNCIL SUPPORTS THE INTENT OF THE MANAGER TO FORWARD HIS OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE RECENT INCIDENT AND SEEK ANSWERS TO PARTICULAR QUESTIONS IN THE MANAGERíS MEMO.† THE MOTION WAS ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY (8-0).