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Airport board plans to depart from study

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By Laura Hagan

Members of the Oldham County Airport Board voted Feb. 4 to end the study of bringing a general aviation airport in the county.

After results from a public opinion survey showed a majority of respondents are opposed to the possibility of an Oldham County airport, the board chose to recommend that the project be suspended.

Jonathan Westbrook, board chairman, said he is impressed with the presentation and response of the survey results and they showed an “overwhelming sentiment against continuing the study.”

Though he said fiscal court could have chosen to vote and end the project at their meeting Feb. 3 – after the presentation of the survey results – they chose to wait until after the board could meet again. 

Board members can’t dissolve the board alone, though – the decision will go before Oldham County Fiscal Court on Feb. 17. At that meeting, board members will also recommend returning unused grant money to the Kentucky Department of Aviation.

“There is no benefit or value of going upstream against 78 percent of the people in this survey,” board member Bob Sargis said.

Sargis made the motion to suspend the project and board members voted unanimously – Dr. Tom Clark was absent.

E-mail us about this story at: lhagan@oldhamera.com