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OSU Airport Committees Delay Meeting
Worthington News (SNP), November 23, 2005

OSU AIRPORT COMMITTEES WILL MEET A WEEK LATER THAN PLANNED


By JACK SOWERS
Reprinted courtesy of The Worthington News/SNP 2005

With a few committee members yet to be finalized and a Thanksgiving holiday to plan around, a scheduled meeting between Ohio State University officials and the Don Scott Airfield advisory board and noise subcommittees has been pushed back another week from Monday to Dec. 5.

"I don't feel it's right giving people a week to prepare, plus it's the Monday after Thanksgiving," said Bud Baeslack, dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State.

Baeslack said the Dec. 5 meeting will likely be a two-hour information session at the airport or nearby, and will involve both the advisory committee and noise subcommittee.

Those committees will include representatives from We Oppose Ohio State (airport) Expansion (WOOSE), a group made up of concerned northwest Columbus residents, as well as representatives from the Northwest Civic Association, the cities of Columbus, Worthington and other neighboring municipalities, Franklin County and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

The first meeting between OSU and the two committees will likely begin with an informal address from Baeslack.

"Some (committee) members are more peripherally involved, so I'll give a fairly comprehensive review of the airport and the four tasks we've undertaken," Baeslack said. "This first meeting will be in part a tutorial for a number of people who haven't been as close to these issues."

Baeslack identified the following four objectives of the committees:
*Improving the environment around the airport. A major component of that task, Baeslack said, will be the installation of a radar system so the airport can respond more efficiently to noise complaints.

Baeslack said the system should be in place by the end of the year.
*Emphasizing existing hangars and runways, thus deferring the construction of possible runway extensions and jet hangars for the time being.

"We're not dealing with that at this point and don't plan to for a few years," Baeslack said.

*Changing the scope of the airport's current environmental assessment for the purpose of obtaining Federal Aviation Administration approval to build small aircraft hangars.

*Reviewing the airport's updated master plan, which includes potential construction projects at the airport through 2012.

During the latter portion of the first meeting, the two committees are expected to break into separate discussions and review the outlines of the committees' charters.
Baeslack said he also plans to invite committee members to take a daytime tour of the airport grounds.

"That's something I want to do very quickly -- within a week or two of this meeting," Baeslack said. "I think it's very important for these people to know what this airport is all about."

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