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Election: November 8, 2011

Worthington City Council

Candidates reply to questions concerning OSU Airport expansion submitted by WOOSE


To assist voters in understanding candidates' position on OSU airport noise, proposed additional hangars and an extension of the North runway, WOOSE submitted questions to the candidates. The questions, candidates' replies listed in alphabetical order by length of position sought follow. A brief background on the proposed expansion at OSU Airport follows the Q/A


9 candidates seek your vote for

5 seats on Worthington City Council


WOOSE encourages all residents to vote Tues., November 8, 2011.


Question #1: Please identify what impact positive /negative you believe the OSU Airport and its aircraft operations have on the City of Worthington and its residents.


Candidates seeking full term position- 3 positions to be filled



Candidates seeking unexpired term-2 positions to be filled




Question #2: What impacts do you believe the proposed addition of hangars for 50 aircraft, development of the North side of the airport and the extension of the North Runway at the OSU Airport will have on the City of Worthington and its residents?


Candidates seeking full term position- 3 positions to be filled



Candidates seeking unexpired term-2 positions to be filled




Question #3: How should these impacts be addressed by the City of Worthington? What should be the City of Worthington's role regarding the addition of hangars, the development of the North side of the airport and the extension of the North Runway, and the ongoing impacts of aircraft noise on Worthington residents?


Candidates seeking full term position- 3 positions to be filled



Candidates seeking unexpired term-2 positions to be filled




Question #4: As a Worthington city Council member, what do you see as YOUR role regarding the above?


Candidates seeking full term position- 3 positions to be filled



Candidates seeking unexpired term-2 positions to be filled



Question #5: Do you believe there is a need for an expanded Corporate Jet Center at OSU Airport? Why or why not? And what impact would an expanded Corporate Jet Center at OSU have on the airports operated by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (Port Columbus, Rickenbacker and Bolton Field)?


Candidates seeking full term position- 3 positions to be filled




Candidates seeking unexpired term-2 positions to be filled




Question #6: Do you support the retention of special counsel to represent the City of Worthington in future OSU Airport meetings and to provide expert advice to City Council?


Candidates seeking full term position- 3 positions to be filled




Candidates seeking unexpired term-2 positions to be filled




Additional Comments:


Candidates seeking full term position- 3 positions to be filled



Candidates seeking unexpired term-2 positions to be filled



Background information on the OSU Airport situation as of August 2011:


The OSU Airport stated its intent to add hangars and extend a runway in the spring of 2003. The City of Worthington retained legal counsel and experts. In June, 2003, on the advice of counsel, the City of Worthington requested that the OSU Airport perform a Part 150 Noise Study (Part 150) to document the impact of existing and future airport operations.


After years of pressure by WOOSE and the City of Worthington representatives, OSU finally agreed to perform those studies with financial support by the FAA. The studies were completed and showed that currently there are insufficient noise impacts to reach the level (65 DNL) that the federal government requires for noise mitigation. Even though the study failed to show impacts over the 65 DNL metric, OSU agreed to analyze other options for noise mitigation.


OSU submitted the Part 150 and a Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) to the FAA for review and approval.


Earlier this year, the FAA determined information submitted in the NCP was incomplete, inaccurate and dated. The FAA determined it was unable to begin the next step, a 180-day review, and was unwilling to pay for additional study to address the problems.


OSU Airport Director Doug Hammon wrote the FAA assuring the information provided was complete and correct. WOOSE wrote the FAA supporting the findings of the FAA as well as the importance of using complete, accurate and up-to-date data in all studies and reports. As of August 28, 2011, the FAA had not responded to the WOOSE letter.


The City of Worthington does not have power to compel either OSU or the FAA to implement noise abatement procedures or other mitigation, but can use efforts to influence decision makers. In the event that OSU decides to proceed to extend the North Runway, there will be another wave of hearings and reports under the environmental laws, including either an Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment.

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