Pullins challenged the move in circuit court, but the result was the discovery that state statute had not been followed when the airport board was created nearly 40 years earlier.
The three local governments then recreated it with previous members, except for Pullins.
Most observers thought that ended the matter, but Clark was not through. When Berea Mayor Steve Connelly sought to again appoint Wyatt after his term expired at the end of 2012, Clark objected, citing the statute’s provision for appointments to be made “jointly.”
That raised an interesting question of legal interpretation. Does “jointly” mean that all, or just a majority, of the partners need to agree on appointments?
Connelly and Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes said they believed it means a majority, and they carried the day when the three members of the appointing authority met formally last week, probably for the first time.
Still, Clark finally made public his reason for seeking to get both Pullins and Wyatt off the board.
It was nothing personal, Clark said, and he would not any hard feelings because of his defeat. No one has done more or worked longer to foster inter-government cooperation in the county, he added, promising to continue.
As Connelly pointed out during the meeting, the statute allows the joint appointing authority to remove a board member after a justification has been given.
At last, everyone knows how airport board members are to be appointed and how they may be removed.
Now that it is settled, let’s hope that everyone forgets past differences and works to make the local airport the economic development tool it was intended to be.
EKU Center for the Arts
The EKU Center for the Arts represents an even more complex partnership.
Like most partnerships, however, the arrangement was devised because without all the members, the enterprise probably would never have gotten off the ground.