Minneapolis legislators ask for delay on airport navigation changes vote

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November 16, 2012 by Sarah M

State Sen. Scott Dibble and State Rep. Frank Hornstein and other Minneapolis lawmakers have sent a letter to Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Chair Daniel Boivin asking for a delay on Monday’s planned vote on airport navigation changes.

The commission is scheduled to vote on changes that would shift air traffic over neighborhoods in South Minneapolis, raising concerns about noise and other environmental impacts.

“As lawmakers representing one of the most heavily affected neighborhoods in the airport’s path, we strongly believe the process offered thus far has not been adequate for such a significant change to airport operations,” Dibble said. “We are respectfully asking the MAC to delay the vote and allow our constituents — the people who will be dealing with increased traffic and stemming consequences on a daily basis — to have an opportunity to review the plan and offer thoughtful input.”

The vote is planned 1 p.m.

Neighbors opposed to the changes are mobilizing and have created a new website urging the MAC to delay the vote on the changes.

— Sarah McKenzie 

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