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OSU Airport Committees Gear Up for Future Meetings
Worthington News (SNP), December 21, 2005

OSU AIRPORT COMMITTEES GEAR UP FOR FUTURE MEETINGS


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

When the two advisory committees for Don Scott Airfield meet again next month, both committees likely will have chairmen in place and a definitive agenda for future discussions.

Thursday's joint meeting with William "Bud" Baeslack, dean of Ohio State University's College of Engineering and faculty adviser for the airport, was lengthy but informal, as Baeslack and airport Director Doug Hammon gave presentations that reviewed the airport's teaching, research and public-service missions.

Attendees to the meeting also learned that an updated master plan for the airport, originally expected for submission in March to Ohio State University's board of trustees, will be postponed until an unknown later date.

"I think we really have got representation from every stakeholder group we could think of," said Cathy Ferrari, the airport's external relations manager. "(Baeslack) pointed out that everyone there represents a constituency, and their role is to communicate with their own constituents. They've got to keep those lines of communication open with those groups."

Baeslack also updated the meeting's attendees about the airport's noise-complaint response system.

Components of the system are scheduled to arrive at the airport next month. Concurrently, the airport is in the process of securing contracts with cell-phone tower owners in the area 5 to 6 miles surrounding the airport, on which to mount the system's radar sensors.

"(Getting) those agreements are a time-consuming process," Ferrari said, "so that's going down a path at the same time the equipment is programmed and assembled."

The next meetings between the university, airport leadership and advisory committees are scheduled for Jan. 17 and Jan. 19, respectively, for the airport advisory board and noise committee, respectively. Both meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Ohio State Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratory, 2300 W. Case Road.

At those meetings, the airport will attempt to include a presentation from a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration, Ferrari said.
Baeslack said he anticipates the airport noise board to meet quarterly or on an as-needed basis.

The noise advisory committee likely will meet monthly, or more often as needed.
"I think it's a good start," said Dwight Groce, the Northwest Civic Association's representative to the airport advisory board. "It was a pretty good showing -- a lot of different people representing a lot of different interests there. Everyone's coming in with an open mind on this."

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