GJ Airport Authority takes public comment

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Grand Junction Airport Authority held a public board meeting at city hall, opening up the floor for the community to voice their concerns.

The meeting comes two weeks after the FBI announced they were investigating fraud in the airport administration.

The room was filled wall to wall and many in the audience were concerned citizens who voiced their opinion to the board. A few attending Grand Junction residents said they were concerned about the communication of the board with the public and the manner in which the security fence was put up around the airport.

"They were supposed to have held public comments on how the fences would affect business, nothing was ever said and it affected them terribly, there's no business out there," said resident Bill Pitts.

"This airport needed clear public trust and two way dialogue to put the trust back into this community, it's now," said resident Bob Casky.

Airport Authority Board member Steve Wood amended the motion after the public meeting to allow an executive session to talk about personal matters and the FBI investigation.

Airport Authority officials say they will be hiring an independent council to investigate the airport after allegations of fraud were leveled earlier this month.

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