Council to consider acquiring land for runway
The Washington City Council will consider a proposal to acquire 63 acres from John and Jan Berdo near the airport for the purpose of building a new runway at its next meeting Wednesday night in the former library.
Airport Commission Chairman Mike Roe said the runway at the airport is 50 years old and badly needs to be replaced. He said that modern Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations require airports to build their runways away from nearby roads. Roe said the airport hopes to build a new runway 750 feet northwest of where it currently is, which is why the city is seeking to acquire the additional land.
The council will consider passing an ordinance to expedite the removal of junk vehicles from residential neighborhoods. The ordinance has undergone a few changes since its original drafting. If the ordinance under consideration were to become law, junk vehicle ownerwould have seven days to abate the nuisance after being informed of it by the city. The junk vehicle is considered a nuisance after it has been outside for seven days. The junk vehicle owner may sell his junk vehicle to the city for $1 provided he does so within seven days after being notified of the nuisance.
The ordinance also puts limitations on how long towing and automotive repair businesses can let junk vehicles remain outside. The ordinance states that junk vehicles may not be stored outside for more than 30 days on the premises of such businesses.
The council will also take up the issue of a repairing the railroad crossing on Fourth Avenue. In a memorandum City Engineer Rob McDonald recently sent to the council, he said that there is a state grant available to repair the crossing. The city would be asked to cover 20 percent of the total cost, meaning its share would be approximately $20,000.
For the full article, see our Feb. 2 print edition.