Airport important for county’s growthPublished 11:07am Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I read The Tribune headline of March 27 about the airpark with great interest.
The commissioners are thinking maybe they shouldn’t spend the county’s money on lighting upgrades that really only cost 10 percent of the real value with the FAA kicking in 90 percent.
Quoting Mr. Bill Pratt, “Those that utilize the benefit should come up with the match.”
This thinking is very short-sighted.
First, that could be said of any improvement in the county.
Example, if I don’t drive on the road that leads to your home, why should my taxes pay for blacktopping? Because it improves the county and it is a shared expense.
Second, all the county benefits. Many business people use the airport to visit our local businesses, especially at The Point.
I know because often in my business travels I fly to the county airport closest to my clients, then take a courtesy car to my final destination.
If Lawrence County wants to grow as a world class business and industrial center, we must have the transportation facilities. That includes the airport.
I urge the commissioners to reconsider the funding for this vital link in Lawrence County.
Deering Grange seeks new members for organization
Would anyone be interested in joining the Deering Grange? We have potlucks and eat a little something after the meeting. We go to different Granges and on trips.
It only costs $25 per year.
I can be reached at (740) 532-3351.