Pella Chronicle

Letters to the editor

October 18, 2013

Writer questions need for airport

Pella — To the editor,

Is a new airport the best use of money??
The proposed regional airport has become a hot topic this past year. We have all hear many reasons why or why not it's a good or bad idea. These ideas range from.....do we need it?....it's a safety issue??.....millions of $$ for 100 feet??.....Pella Corp and Vermeers need it??.....can we work with an existing class "C"??.....taxes go up??.....eminent domain taking private property??.....etc. etc. the list goes on and on.
As the debates rage on, one thing kept coming to mind for me. The City folk want the airport out of town. The Country folk say don't cover farm ground. I keep thinking.....how can we work together?? 
I wrestled with the idea of working together and I started talking to many farmers around the area. I asked them if there was a way to work with Pella and compromise. The Golden Rule kept coming to mind...Treat others the way you want to be treated. So, I asked each farmer what they would do, or, what they would give up. After many conversations, one common theme came to the top. 
Farmers are generally known as hard workers. Especially the farmers in the Pella, Osky area. Many that I have talked to have their own heavy equipment (bulldozers,track hoes,earth movers). The idea they have come up with is a great idea, and it shows that the farmers are not against progress, nor are they against Pella. 
FYI...... Pella airport, right now, has a 5,400 foot runway. To be a class "C" regulated airport, they need to have a 5,500 foot runway. They do not need to have a crosswind runway to be a class "C". Pella has 243.5 acres of ground at the airport with another 170 acres that is for sale that lays right against the 243.5 acres. That makes a total of 413 acres at this time...With still another possible 112 acres to buy that border the airport also. Final tally....525 acres. More than enough room to add 100 feet on the existing airport runway. 

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