Councilto vote on airport October 9

Published on Thu, Sep 28, 2006 by ara Nelson

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Council to vote on airport October 9

By Tara Nelson

Blaine City Council will vote October 9 on the fate of the city’s municipal airport, deciding whether to sell the 42 acres of industrial-zoned property for development or expand the airport to accommodate larger aircraft.

In a meeting Monday, council members voted unanimously to put the airport on the agenda for their next meeting, citing the rhetoric provided by proponents on both sides of the issue.

“I’m ready to put this thing to bed,” said council member Ken Ely, who put forth the motion, and was seconded by council members Bruce Wolf and Charlie Hawkins.

Council member John Liebert asked if there was any way to extend the decision process.

Blaine mayor Mike Myers reminded Liebert that a decision would need to be made in time for the city to apply for federal grant funding before the upcoming mid-October deadline, should the expansion be approved. The master plan would automatically be approved if the council votes in favor of the expansion.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, October 9 at the Blaine city chambers.