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Saratoga Co. Airport plans to expand halted by board vote

Posted: Updated: Jun 09, 2014 04:00 PM
MILTON, N.Y. – The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against the proposed expansion of the Saratoga County Airport runway after many residents voiced their concerns.

The proposed plan would have taken down a line of trees and homes behind the airport, if passed. More than 20 homeowners could have been displaced from the plan, along with a hospice care facility.

On Monday afternoon, a crowd of Milton residents appeared at the Saratoga County Supervisors meeting, asking for local leaders to say 'no' to the expansion. 

The crowd burst into applause after Town of Milton Supervisor Dan Lewza announced on Monday that he will vote against the expansion project at the airport. Lewza and four others voted against the runway proposal. One person abstained from their vote.

The board decided to table improvement proposals "inside the fence" of the airport only, which will be voted on at a later date.

According to the draft, the airport wanted to build a 300 foot extension to the main runway, making it 5,000 feet long.

The airport says the runway would boost safety, but some homeowner’s aren't convinced.

"We knew we had the airport behind us and slowly and surely they keep sneaking closer and closer to our property,” said homeowner Bob Isham.

Isham has lived in his home on Rowland Street with his family for 18 years. He says the same thing many other Milton residents are saying, that the expansion is not needed.

The County Building and Grounds Committee will hear from a consulting firm that has been hired to prepare a mandatory 10 year airport master plan on Monday. They are then expected to vote on the runway expansion. 

Isham had a message for committee members.

“Say no. It's too many people, too much involved, and there's no benefit for anyone except for the airport,” said Isham.

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