HEBRON, Ky. (AP) -- Tensions are escalating among board members who oversee the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/1kdBXrt) reports Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus opened an airport meeting on Monday with a speech about control of the airport.
"Some people in our community have agendas to tear down the board or to give control of the airport to Cincinnati. ... I will do all in my power to oppose any efforts to wrest control of the airport from Kenton County."
In response, the board's Cincinnati representative says that city has never tried to take control of the airport, but wants to have an active role in improving it.
"People have talked about sharing this airport board" Cincinnati State President O'dell Owens said. "Even Boone County feels they should have better representation."
The airport is located in Boone County, but is controlled by Kenton County. Arlinghaus appoints all seven voting board members made decisions on how the airport is managed and six of 11 advisory members.
Spending by the board has recently raised questions, with Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen opening a "special examination" into the board's travel expenses.
Arlinghaus said he made the speech was an attempt to persuade board members to work together more constructively.
Owens said his frustration over recent issues with some board members is growing.
"I'm not going to let people tarnish the city of Cincinnati," Owens told The Enquirer later Monday. "We make up 70 percent of the people who fly out of CVG. The airport's located in Kentucky, so the voting power should exist with Kentucky. We're not trying to overtake the airport. We're all trying to make the airport prosper again and we need to have a united front -- and that's gone."
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com