BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
The Centennial City Council was briefed March 5 in regard to noise issues at the Centennial Airport. It was obvious that the noise issues are going to be contentious in the months to come, due to issues related to the Federal Aviation Administration (“FFA”)
Furthermore, it will be necessary for the city to work with the airport to form a response to FFA proposals that are viewed negatively by the airport and also by city staff.
The issues are being raised related to the FAA’s Denver metroplex redesign project, which encompasses the entire Denver metropolitan area and seven airports, including Centennial, Denver International and Buckley Air Force Base. According to Andrew Firestine, assistant city manager, the FAA is undertaking this major infrastructure project “to modernize the national airspace system.”
Firestine told the council that the city seeks “more response from the FFA.” At issue is a lack of information in regard to low altitude routes. There is concern that proposed FFA changes will negatively impact Centennial and the area around the airport.
Firestine and Robert P. Olislagers, chief executive officer of the airport, talked to the council about the city’s Land Development Code in conjunction with airport regulations. There was concern expressed that FFA projects and proposals may have a negative impact in Centennial and the area around the airport.
In other parts of the United States, Firestine said, the FAA has been found to be “arbitrary and capricious in their establishment of new flight routes and procedures.” Olislagers said there should be less concern today about the noise generated by airports, compared to some years ago, as the airplanes are “quieter” today. The City Council will need to make decisions about changes in its Land Development Code and this is related to the FAA proposals, he said.
“The FAA’s goal is [to] enhance the way aircraft navigate this complex airspace,” Olislagers said. The issues are “complex” because there are so many airports, and noise complaints “are way up.” In some places in the United States, large cities have as many as 20 airports, he stated. In Phoenix, a court found the FAA, in proposing its regulations, was “so egregious that it had to start over.”
As it was a study session, there was no action taken by the council. Issues related to the airport are going to be major for Centennial during the next few months until there is some kind of solution worked out with the FAA, related to their proposed new regulations.
Fox Ridge residents turn out at Council
Fox Ridge residents turned out for a Centennial City Council meeting Monday concerning perimeter fences around their subdivision. The City Council sits as the governing board for the Fox Ridge General Improvement District.
There appeared to be about 40 residents of Fox Ridge at the meeting, with the overwhelming majority of them supporting the Fox Ridge Homeowners Association board, related to improvement – likely replacement — of the perimeter fences, a project that has been in the works for about two years and still is not underway, due to problems with the easements to access the fences.
Martha Riley, one of three Fox Ridge residents on the homeowners’ association board, asked everyone in the full audience who supported the board to stand up. Most of the audience stood. She then asked that other individuals attending raise their hands. The result was that there were only a handful of people who were opposed to the homeowners’ association board’s recommendations to the council concerning getting the fences replaced.
Ed Bain, a resident of Fox Ridge, stated that the issue is not one that is easily dealt with, and stated that he appreciated that the council has kept “the pedal to the metal.” The next step in regard to the perimeter fences will be to have an outside company inventory and assess them.
Assistant City Attorney Chris Price and Marianne Schilling spoke to the council about the fences.
Lucas elected Mayor Pro Tem
Councilman Ken Lucas was unanimously elected Centennial Mayor Pro Tem at the City Council meeting on Monday.
Lucas previously has served as Mayor Pro Tem, which is a position elected by the council. The Mayor Pro Tem serves as the mayor when the mayor is out of town or unavailable. The mayor is an elected position.
Previously, Lucas has served as president, vice president of corporate finance, chief financial officer and chief financial consultant for both public and private companies. He has extensive experience in investment banking, financial services, private equity, internal audit, venture capital, and internal auditing.
In other business on Monday, the council:
Passed a temporary moratorium on the acceptance for processing of new applications for commercial lodgings, such as hotels and motels. The ordinance was passed on an emergency basis, due to a large number of applications for hotels and motels. There was no discussion.
Passed on first reading a resolution allocating community development Block Grant Funds, including $34,000 to Meals on Wheels and $18,000 to the Project Angel Heart.
Passed, also on first reading, an ordinance concerning right-of-way regulations.
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