Ward 10 Candidates

Lisa Bender
Meg Tuthill

 

Lisa Bender (back to candidate list)

1. What is your opinion of the planned PBN/RNAV implementation at MSP?

LB: I do not support the proposed new PBN/RNAV tracks.

2. What have you done in the past to support our plan to support efforts by Minneapolis citizens to change the PBN/RNAV tracks and what is your plan to support the cause in the future?

LB: I have spoken with many concerned residents about the issue and have directed people to the Fair Skies Coalition for more information. In the future, I will work with my colleagues on the City Council and community members to continue to advocate for a response to citizen concerns about RNAV. I would also like to work with our federal legislators and reach out to other coalitions around the country to help build more of a case at the national level with FAA regarding the RNAV proposal.

3. Since time is of the essence, what specific actions will you take in the first 90 days in office to with regard to PBN/RNAV?

LB: I would meet with Fair Skies to receive an update and immediate next steps, ideally along with colleagues from other affected areas. I would support dedicating city staff time to the issue of airport noise, and would support outreach to state and federal legislators.

4. What is your long term vision for MSP Airport, taking into consideration the projected growth in the airline industry?

LB:I support a regional and statewide strategy to support growth in the airline industry without disproportionately impacting Minneapolis neighborhoods and regional natural and recreational resources.


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Meg Tuthill (back to candidate list)

1. What is your opinion of the planned PBN/RNAV implementation at MSP?

MT: RNAV would concentrate noise significantly over parts of southwest Minneapolis and Edina. The FAA rolled this out too quickly without public input.

There has not been enough examination of concentrating the pollution and its effect on residential areas, including schools, and the environment. That includes both noise and air pollution.

2. What have you done in the past to support our plan to support efforts by Minneapolis citizens to change the PBN/RNAV tracks and what is your plan to support the cause in the future?

MT: At neighborhood meetings and in my newsletter I have encouraged residents to learn about this issue and get involved with Fair Skies. The majority of my constituents who have contacted me on this issue want the process slowed down to allow for more public input and more information on the pollution effects over Minneapolis and Edina.

I voted for the resolution passed in April of 2012 requesting the FAA take actions to help alleviate noise pollution problems.

On November 16, 2012, I signed the letter sent from the City Council and the Mayor to the MAC requesting additional information about the environmental impacts of RNAV and for a more robust public engagement process.

I continue to work with my colleagues on this issue, especially Council Member John Quincy, who is the City Council representative on the Noise Oversight Committee, other communities, the MAC, and our federal congressional delegation to reach a resolution which spreads noise as widely and evenly as possible.

3. Since time is of the essence, what specific actions will you take in the first 90 days in office to with regard to PBN/RNAV?

MT: I will continue to work with my colleagues to push the FAA for better and more timely information.

I will urge the FAA to implement best practices learned from other airports on noise issues, especially airports that have residential neighborhoods and environmentally sensitive areas in close proximity.

4. What is your long term vision for MSP Airport, taking into consideration the projected growth in the airline industry?

MT: I envision a MAC which listens to, values, and accepts community input on changes that impact those communities. I think RNAV should not be limited to a few tracks. There should be multiple tracks to spread noise over as large an area as evenly as possible. As much as possible, flights need to be directed over Hwy 62, 35W and the river. MAC needs to figure out how to fully utilize runway 17.

In the future, I would like to see more flights utilizing the airports in St. Cloud, Duluth, and Rochester. A statewide plan addressing long-term statewide transportation should include better transportation options to these regional airports.

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