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					        Meadows Area Neighborhood Discussion Meeting Summary

Topics Discussed:
    Main Street Extension
    Lansing Airport Expansion

     The Town Manager of Munster, Tom Deguilio, was present to discuss the
Main Street Extension Project. The main concern of the residents who attended
the meeting was the possibility of increased traffic due to extending Main Street.
Deguilio, along with some Dyer Town Council Members, stated that if Dyer does
not want curb cuts then there will be little to no curb cuts.
     The Main Street extension has been talked about for the past several years
and is now coming to fruition. Munster needs more east-west roads to ease
traffic congestion on 45th street. With the help of federal money, Main Street will
be extended to include 5 lanes, which would consist of 2 lanes on each side
along with turn lanes at intersections. On the Illinois side, the extension will
include Joe Orr Road in Cook County, Lynwood. The extension will probably
reach Calumet but will not go past Kennedy.
     The timeline for this project is during 2010, 2011 or 2012. The cost was
stated to be between $10 million and $15 million. NIRPC, INDOT and IDOT will
all be involved with this project. The Dyer Town Council is concerned with quality
of life issues that would be presented by a Main Street extension. The possibility
of a buffer zone to diminish noise pollution was discussed, along with some
possible beautification projects. Also discussed was the possibility of shifting the
alignment of Main Street so it does not pass through Dyer. As stated above, the
most prevalent concern among Dyer residents at the meeting was that the
extension would present an opportunity for travelers to cut through Dyer
neighborhoods to avoid traffic, stop lights and trains.
     Some residents who attended the meeting suggested possible alternatives to
a Main Street extension. One suggested that Lansing Road should be widened
to increase access to 394, and another suggested that the West Lake subdivision
in Munster should get the traffic instead of Dyer. This prompted Deguilio to state
that 45th street will also be extended to provide a north-south connection. This
project will go before the Main Street extension. It is expected to take 12-18
months for completion and will be funded partly through the highway
reauthorization bill.
     Another concern was the specific issue of increased truck traffic. Deguilio
stated that there are really no regulations that can be put in place for restrictions
on truck traffic since the project will include federal money. The concern of
commercial development was also briefly discussed, which Deguilio stated would
be years away.
     The main point that came from this discussion was that it would be more of a
hassle than anything else for Munster to include curb cuts in the extension
project. If Dyer does not want curb cuts then they will not get them. This means
that increased traffic is unlikely since the neighborhoods will not have thru roads
in them.
      John Delaurentiis and Brain Welker were present at the meeting to discuss
the Lansing Airport expansion. They stated that Lansing has a small extension
plan proposal in progress. They will conduct a 6-8 month long environmental
assessment which will include numerous opportunities for any kind of input from
people who would be affected by the expansion. The airport has a 20 year plan
like most organizations, and this expansion is part of that plan. It was explained
that Lansing Airport is a reliever airport to Midway and O’Hare. They have a
runway at 4,000 feet presently, and if the project goes through, it will be
expanded to 5,900 feet. This was compared to the average 13,000 feet of other,
bigger airports. Some history was included in the discussion, which explained
that Lansing Airport was formed in the 1920’s and has always developed based
on the market. The airport runs approximately 150 operations per day and went
from 1400 acres, earlier in its history, to 500 acres today.
      The National Environmental Policy Act requires that before any major
improvement, an environmental assessment must be conducted. Included in the
environmental assessment is the possibility of a no-build alternative to provide as
little disruption to the environment as possible. The problem with alternative
methods to expansion with an airport is that there is no mode for mode; it is not
possible to use roads or water instead of the air. However, a no-build alternative
might be supported by technological improvements instead of expansion. It was
specifically stated that the expansion will not support larger aircraft; it will only
support increased traffic. The expansion will also not extend the current airport
property line.
      The residents who attended the meeting were concerned about increased
noise and discussed the possibility of sound barriers. Delaurentiis and Welker
explained that a sound barrier might not be a possibility because the increased
noise probably will not be considered high enough to require a barrier. However,
the environmental assessment will help with concerns of that nature. It was also
stated that the airport manager before Delaurentiis was in the process of
achieving a categorical exclusion, which would allow the airport to bypass the
environmental assessment. Delaurentiis stated that as soon as he became
manager he stopped that process because he supports an environmental
assessment and wants the affected people to be involved in the planning
process. If the airport cannot demonstrate a purpose and a need to expand then
the federal government will not allow it.
      Delaurentiis also explained that the federal government gives capital money
for expansion but not operating money. This means that the airport will probably
lose money instead of making a profit after the expansion. The expansion also
has a possibility to include an air control tower and a municipal fire department
for safety reasons. The residents were also concerned that an expansion would
include 24/7 lighting, instead of the pilot controlled lighting in place now.
Delaurentiis and Welker stated that it was too early to give a definite answer
about lighting, but they thought that it would probably stay the same.
      The residents also had a concern about how to complain about aircraft in
violation of the airport rules. They stated that the previous manager had told
them in order to make a report they needed to obtain a registration number from
the aircraft, which was extremely difficult. Delaurentiis stated that not all aircraft
that come through Lansing airport are registered, but if residents can make some
identifying marks it will be easier to determine which aircraft was in violation.
Delaurentiis stated that his objective was to professionalize the airport and
provide follow-up to every question and complaint. There are regulations in
place for certain altitudes for turning, approaching and leaving the airport. The
Lansing regulations are usually higher than other airports. A control tower will
help regulate all aircraft coming in and leaving the airport. One of the Dyer
council members also stated a concern that the road would be too close to the
airport and the aircraft might be too low to be considered safe. Delaurentiis and
Welker stated that there will be a runway protection zone which means aircraft
must have a clearance of 15 feet over the road.
    One of the residents in attendance, Kent Wells, had information given to him
through discussions with the previous manager of the airport and he shared
some of that information with the other residents. He stated that FAA gave
jurisdiction of the airport to IDOT, division of aeronautics and also that some of
the project money will come from the state of Illinois. He stated that the
environmental assessment required only one meeting with the airport manager to
discuss the noise level. He also stated that the expansion will provide for
additional traffic, larger aircraft and more noise. He then told the residents that if
they were so inclined, they should make official protests to IDOT, division of
aeronautics. As a result of this information, a follow-up e-mail was sent to the
Town Manager of Dyer with updated information. That e-mail is attached to this
summary.
    Delaurentiis stated that he was going to give the residents instructions for a
formal process of protest and if the environmental assessment concludes that an
expansion would have a bad impact, the project will not go forward. If there are
any comments, complaints, concerns or questions, call 708-895-8844 and ask for
John Delaurentiis. He stated that he would follow-up everything. If he is not
available then leave your contact information and ask for a follow-up, also ask for
the person’s name you spoke with. There should only be a 2-3 week time period
between a phone call and a follow-up, if it is longer than that then call again and
demand to speak with Delaurentiis. It was also stressed that if there is an aircraft
causing problems, residents should try to obtain some identifying marks.
    Some residents also had stormwater issues they wanted addressed. Another
resident asked about the effect of being smoke free on local businesses. He also
wanted to know about the possibilities of an apartment complex.
Joe:



As follow-up to last night’s meeting in Dyer, wanted to forward the latest draft of the project
overview for the draft Environmental Assessment Scope. The following updates what one of the
residents, Kent Wells, had previously obtained from Bob Malkas:



       OVERVIEW



       The Lansing Municipal Airport (IGQ) is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
       designated Level II Reliever Airport that provides air capacity relief for the Chicago metro
       region. Owned and operated by the Village of Lansing, the airport is co-located in the
       Villages of Lansing and Lynwood, IL in southeastern Cook County and it borders the Lake
       County Indiana communities of Munster and Dyer on the east. Because of its location
       and connectivity to Chicago area business markets, the airport has experienced an
       increased operational demand from both resident and visiting aircraft over the last
       decade. In order to preserve this valuable regional asset, the Village of Lansing seeks to
       implement the necessary infrastructure improvements and capacity enhancements to
       meet current and forecasted demand for aeronautical access to Chicago, South Cook and
       NW Indiana. Based on the FAA required Airport Layout Plan (ALP), the airport’s 5 year
       Capital Improvement Plan calls for a 1,898 foot utility extension of Runway 18/36, from
       its current 4,002 feet to a final length of 5,900 feet, substantially within the airport’s
       current land use footprint.




       Along with the extensions, relocating the Runway 18 Localizer and Distance Measuring
       Equipment (DME) and relocating and updating the AWOS, are associated improvements
       at IGQ. Part 77 easements and fee simple land acquisition would also be incorporated as
       part of the extensions.



       As a part of this development, IGQ is proposing to initiate the preparation of an
       Environmental Assessment (EA) to address potential impacts associated with the
       proposed improvements.
        The preparation of this EA will be in conformance with the requirements and procedures
        set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) dated January 1, 1970,
        as amended. Guidance will be provided by procedures outlined in FAA Order 5050.4B
        entitled National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport
        Actions dated April 28, 2006, and FAA Order 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies
        and Procedures, Change 1, dated March 20, 2006.



It is important to note that the above language is an updated draft, but the airport is awaiting
FAA and IDOT-Aeronautics approval of the scope. Establishment of the formal timeline for
undertaking this EA is also dependent of the availability of the necessary planning funds for the
work. As John mentioned last night, another revision to the scope that he had specifically
requested is the use of a project website as a repository for information regarding the EA.



We appreciated the opportunity for a public forum early in the process and look forward to
continued partnering with Dyer once the scope is approved for this improvement, the project is
funded and a notice to proceed is issued. At your discretion, please feel free to share the above
with Kent or others at your discretion.

				
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