by Duluth News Tribune
August 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Trees by Sky Harbor Airport are too tall, and city councilors want options. Continue Reading
Tags: airport, Duluth, Environment, Park Point, Transportation 13 Comments »
More nonsense from Gardner, who doesn’t care if her latest great idea will cost the city millions of dollars and cost dozens of people their jobs as long as we save some trees…my god, the trees. Her district deserves her.
Hot debate. What do you think? 19 14
Trees are not sacred. The trust of the taxpayers is. Do the right thing and cut down a few trees.
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$873,000 study? Wow! Cut the trees and use them for tooth picks. Use the money to pay down the debt! Sharla G? Come-on man!
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Gee, hard to believe Sharla’s playing the NIMBY CAVE role to a T.
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Where is Mr. Transportation himself, Jimmy Oberstar in regards to this issue.
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Can’t they cut the ones down that are posing a problem, and plant some new ones in return? Yes new trees wouldn’t be as anywhere near as big as the ones cut down, obviously, but what’s better than planting a new tree for every one cut down?? That way both sides get their way.
They take houses through eminent domain why not trees? They may be old but so were the ones cut down all over town. Too much money is being wasted through studies and other BS to make these trees worth saving but that’s the city of Duluth for ya.
I agree with Tim, we have no problem taking homes to extend freeways or expand schools, but dare not cut down trees to protect the lives of pilots and passengers.
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I too agree with Tim. Hence why I thought cutting them down, but planting new ones was a good idea. It’ll obviously take a more than a few years for the new ones to reach the height of the old ones, but it’s still giving back to the enviroment in a way. But I guess logical thinking isn’t something this city likes to do.
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To spend $875,000 just to study the problem and propose several solutions defies common sense and reveals that those on the Duluth Airport Authority have no concept whatsoever of what a dollar is worth. I don’t know how they selected the firm that is doing the study but I’m sure they didn’t shop the idea around very much. A time honored definition of true engineering is “doing very well with a dollar what any bungler can do with two or three”. In this case the design firm appears more than happy to charge the Airport Authority whatever they could get away with. It is the job of the Airport Authority, and it’s director to spend that money more wisely. In this case they obviously did not. Maybe they have funding sources that are not available to the rest of us in Duluth and could care less what it costs. If that’s the case, I feel that this is a prime example of waste that is far to common in our country. Apparently, once appointed to a local Authority with a large budget, some lose sight of the true value of a dollar and simply write a check to try to solve a problem because some consultant recommended it. It’s time to get some people on these boards with a lick of common sense.
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I can’t very well sit here and complain about waste at the Airport Authority without making a constructive contribution to the problem.
Here are two possible solutions. The first is to make a trade for the trees, similar to what is done to preserve wetlands. Allow cutting of some of the trees in exchange for spending that $2-$3 million dollars for reforesting other parts of Duluth. The second is to realign the runway to avoid the trees but, instead of the expensive way proposed, make arrangements with the US Army Corps of Engineers to accept the dredge sand which is currently shipped way up the St. Louis River. We could get the fill for free. By the time the new bed is ready, the old runway would have been in need of new blacktop anyway so there would be little extra cost to simply lay it down on the new location. With maybe a hundred thousand dollars of electrical work to relocate the navigation lighting we are done.
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Tall trees, low airplanes, what is complicated about the solution to this?
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We need to protect those trees on Park Point. They already cut the trees and put up a fence not that long ago. Now they want more again. There probably is no reason for Sharla Gardner to apologize to anyone.
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