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The Springfield-Branson National Airport could be removed from the city's authority.
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The Springfield-Branson National Airport could be removed from the city's authority.

Task force to reconsider city authority of airport

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Springfield City Council tonight is scheduled to consider a proposed resolution to explore removing the Springfield-Branson National Airport from municipal authority.

The resolution would create a task force to vet a regional airport authority or “some other governance model” for the airport, according to Monday night’s agenda materials. Council meets at 6:30 p.m. in its third-floor chambers of Historic City Hall, 830 Booneville Ave.

City Manager Greg Burris proposed the task force, with Mayor Ken McClure expected to solicit input from council on board appointments.

As proposed, the nine-member task force would comprise:

• two council members;

• two at-large residents;

• two representatives from the city’s Airport Board;

• an appointee from the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce;

• an appointee from the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau; and

• an appointee from Ozarks Technical Community College.

The proposed airport-authority changeup follows questions and comments from area residents, according to the agenda materials. A final report from the task force would be due by Dec. 31.

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