BFP: Winooski council postpones official stance on F-35
Monday, July 8th, 2013
Burlington Free press reporter, Joel Banner Baird reports, “At the end of a two-hour public forum that delivered a decidedly unfavorable verdict on the new, noisier plane, the council voted unanimously to postpone discussion of an official response until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Concerns over possible health risks posed by regular, even brief episodes of high noise levels — particularly to children — dominated the list of concerns voiced by residents Monday.
Other opponents of a local F-35 “bed-down” in the area cited a likely erosion of property values and of the city’s precarious claim to an improved economic outlook, as well as apparent inconsistencies in how the Air Force scored Burlington’s suitability.
Of about 50 speakers, only a handful praised the possibility of the aircraft upgrade at the Vermont Air National Guard.”
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