July 21, 2010
Sedgwick County Commissioners heard heated debate from both sides on a proposed expansion of Cook Airfield in southeast Sedgwick County.
The owners of Cook Airfield want to extend the runway a thousand feet and develop a residential area near the airport at 71st and between 127th and 143rd street east. They are asking the commission to rezone the area and close 71st street in that area.
The commission chambers were packed with both supporters and people in opposition. The City of Rosehill is in support of the plan, while the City of Derby is not. Many neighbors say closing the road will hurt travel in the area. They also complain a longer runway would bring in larger and louder planes.
Supporters say the expansion will help the economy in the area and make the airport safer.
The commission voted three to two in favor of closing the road, with Tim Norton and Dave Unruh voting against it. The expansion of the airfield passed five to zero. Norton pitched the idea of building the runway over 71st street.
The owners of the airfield say they will begin construction sometime this fall.