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Pair to Represent City in Airport Issues
Worthington News (SNP), November 30, 2005


Reprinted courtesy of The Worthington News/SNP 2005

Worthington City Council has announced its representatives to the Ohio State University airport advisory committees.

Council members appointed Scott Whitlock to the OSU Airport Advisory Board and Cheryl Chandler to the Airport Noise Advisory Committee.

Whitlock is a retired attorney, a former partner and general counsel at Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease and former executive vice president of Honda of America. He currently serves as a trustee of the Northwest Civic Association and has dealt with the university in a variety of professional capacities.
Chandler has a doctorate in electrical engineering and is president of the Shaker Square Civic Association. She also has been active in the group We Oppose Ohio State (airport) Expansion.

City Council made appointments after accepting applications and conducting interviews of interested applicants.

"In my doctorate work, I did a lot of acoustics-type work," Chandler said. "It was not related to aviation specifically, but the science is the same."
Chandler said because of her background in engineering, she will have a better understanding of the technical assessments and vocabulary used in the meetings.
"I can understand technical things like noise levels and what that means on the ground," she said. "Then I can hopefully relay that information in a nontechnical way to City Council and residents of the city."

Whitlock said his interest in the committees is twofold. First, his home is in the flight path of the airport. Additionally, he said he recognizes what a large parcel of land is available in that area for development and the impact it could have on the city.

"I felt something of a burden of a responsibility descending," Whitlock said of his appointment. "I think it's a real challenge for everybody to come out of the process the university has suggested with something that is positive and that improves the quality of life."

The initial meetings for the committees were scheduled for Monday ,but have been moved to Dec. 8.

The first meeting between OSU and the two committees likely will begin with an informal address from Bud Baeslack, dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State.

Baeslack said he plans to give a comprehensive review of the airport and the four tasks the airport has undertaken. He said the first meeting will serve as a tutorial for a number of people who have not been close to the issue.

Each of the committees will include representatives from Worthington, WOOSE, Northwest Civic Association, the city of Columbus and other neighboring municipalities, Franklin County and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Read more Central Ohio Community News at the Suburban News Publications Web site, SNPonline.com.

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