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"Livermore Municipal Airport faceoff expected Monday"
- From: "Stephen Irwin" <stepheni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 12:28:07 -0500
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Airport faceoff expected Monday
Livermore City Council to discuss controversial expansion plans
By Chris Metinko
The Tri-Valley (CA) Herald
LIVERMORE - Controversial proposed changes at the Livermore Municipal
Airport are expected to be front and center at Monday night's City Council
The council is expected to discuss myriad airport topics that night,
including whether to enter into a contract with a private operator for
fueling facilities and construction of new hangars at the airport.
Livermore and Pleasanton residents who live near the airport have railed for
years against expansion, saying it will only bring more planes, noise and
pollution to the area.
"People don't want any more traffic and noise, " said Purnam Sheth, a
Pleasanton resident and member of Livermore Airport Citizens Group. The
group has been sending out fliers this week to try and urge people to show
up at Monday's meeting.
"This is an expansion, and it is not necessary," said Sheth, adding new
hangars will serve as a "jetport," squeezing out therecreational pilots.
Dan McIntyre, director of public works for Livermore, said the airport
improvement plans will not appreciably increase the number of flights in and
out. McIntyre said the airport has a waiting list of 200 planes needing
hangars, and about 100 of the planes are already stored outdoors at the
He added that over the past seven years, aircraft operations at the airport
actually have decreased 35 percent. McIntyre said current activity numbers
at the airport are similar to what they were in the mid-1980s - the last
time the city added a substantial number of hangars - with about 180,000
aircraft operations annually. The airport houses nearly 500 planes, McIntyre
"We've looked into this, and the numbers show activity depends on factors
other than hangars being built," McIntyre said, citing the economy as the
Plans call for expansion of existing services by allowing construction of 38
T-hangars of 1,500 square feet each and 27 small box hangars of 2,500 square
In January, the city officially began requesting proposals from prospective
operators of the new hangars and fueling facilities at the airport.
Proposals were due in March.
That month, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the "minimum
standards for commercial aeronautical activity" for the airport, which
allowed the city to set financial performance levels for businesses at the
facility. The decision allowed the city to ask for bids from potential lead
business tenants that would take responsibility for airplane fuel sales,
which the city controls.
Many opponents of the airport plan said the approval would lead to a future
with more and bigger jets, as well as the noise and pollution they bring.
The council will also look into approving a possible airport noise study in
conjunction with Pleasanton as well as amending certain airport rules and
regulations Monday night.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in its chambers at 3575 Pacific Ave.
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