A special meeting of the Ardmore Development Authority was informative in nature as no action was taken following two lengthy executive sessions.
The Monday afternoon meeting, which lasted an hour and forty minutes, revolved around the ongoing airpark project and current litigation. There are discussions to schedule a mediation session to help bring an end to the ongoing saga and secure the necessary right of way to connect the rail system to a transloading facility.
“No date has been set, but there is scheduling dialogue between the attorneys,” ADA Interim President & CEO Brian Carter said. “It can take place no later than Feb. 14.” Carter said the special meeting was to keep board members apprised of what is taking place and that the agenda items would likely re-appear on the agenda of the regular monthly meeting this coming Monday.
"As we are in a critical phase, we wanted to give the board two opportunities to prepare as we approach the mediation phase," Carter said. "We have not talked about attendees at the mediation, it has not been decided." Carter said the status of the rail at the transloading facility is in the final certification stage. He said it could be done without the secured right of way.
"I don't think the two are connected," he said. "It's a technical certification of the rail."