Ward 13 Candidates

Missy Durant
Linea Palmisano – Elected!
Matt Perry

 

Missy Durant (back to candidate list)

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

MD: I am concerned about the environmental and health implications the PBN/RNAV implementation could pose for residents of Ward 13, and the metro area at large. While I understand the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) desire to modernize its flight patterns and to save fuel, these changes should not come at the expense of ensuring the well-being of people affected by it.

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?

MD: As a candidate in the Ward 13 city council race, I have had the opportunity to sit down with several of the stakeholders on this issue, and to learn more about how those sides might find common ground. It’s also a topic of concern when I’m talking to people in the neighborhood. Those conversations helped me form my question to the FAA representative at the forum at Washburn High School back in August, “What Problem are we trying to solve?” and will continue to keep this moving forward. I’ve also reached out to Keith Ellison’s office about getting a timely response to the questions asked at the forum.

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?

MD: I believe that bringing representatives from the MSP FairSkies Coalition, the FAA, and from our federal congressional delegation, among others, to the table to continue the conversation will be critical in the first 90 days. This is a complex issue, and will require all of us to work together.

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

MD: The MSP Airport is one of the best airports in the country, and should continue to receive the support of our federal delegation and our local governments. That said, any growth or change should not come at the expense of the health and well-being of residents of the Twin Cities region. We should support the MSP Airport, but be smart and thoughtful of how we do it.


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Matt Perry (back to candidate list)

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

MP: PBN/RNAV looks like a cookie-cutter implementation of a more general policy. There is no context sensitivity in its application to individual airports. There can and should be a context sensitive approach. MSP is already one of the safest airports. It is also one of the most efficient cold-weather airports. Capacity, the third main driver of PBN/RNAV, peaked at MSP in 2004 and is not expected to reach those same levels again until the mid 2020s. None of these realities seem to be reflected in the desire by the Federal Aviation Authority (FFA) to push this change on our airport.

Changes to MSP and flight paths greatly affects the health and quality of life in Ward 13 and beyond. I have lived under a flight path for 21 years and I know the noise has gotten worse. This noise impacts so many parts of our lives, from our children’s learning, to local businesses, to outdoor activities and recreation. With new studies showing a more direct link between airplane noise and risk of cardiovascular disease, this issue is more important than ever. As a homeowner who runs a home-based business, I am concerned that property values are negatively affected by the noise as well.

I believe the implementation process of RNAV at MSP has failed to both genuinely examine the noise impacts and to meet good community outreach practices. When the FAA created the RNAV tracks, they did not consult or share information with the people most directly affected by the noise pollution, the residents under the tracks, until the very last minute.

The FAA must do more than talk down to us. A two-way dialogue with those affected is essential. The FAA should be required to do the same level of environmental review on the proposed flight path changes as is required for any major transportation construction project, like Light Rail Transit. Doing so will allow for informed community engagement and decision-making.

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?

MP: I am a proud supporter of the MSP Fair Skies Coalition and have been at the table with them since they formed. My position on how the City should advocate has been significantly shaped by working with the MSP Fair Skies organization, volunteers and their leadership.

As a candidate, I heard overwhelmingly from residents that RNAV and flight path noise needs to be a priority for our elected officials. I have personally knocked on thousand of doors since July. I provide the MSP Fair Skies website URL to each resident I talk with who has concerns about airplane noise.

This resident groundswell of concern is why I made it a priority to attend this summer’s RNAV forum with our Congressman Keith Ellison and demand the FAA complete an environmental review of the changes. Representative Ellison agreed with me and confirmed he is exploring this request. This is a positive development.

http://southwestminneapolis.patch.com/groups/matt-perrys-blog/p/minneapolis-needs-environmental-review-of-airport-changes

To support the cause in the future, I will be part of the City’s team that will guide city action on airport noise and the proposed RNAV plan. I will deliver information to residents that show transparent and accountable decision making by the City, MSP, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and the FAA. I will be a vigorous and vocal voice for our residents just as I was at Congressman Ellison’s Town Hall meeting. The Ward 13 City Council representative needs to be working with resident-based organizations like MSP Fair Skies while leading the effort to bring to that same table congressional, state, Edina and Richfield representatives.

Of great importance is the Metropolitan Airports Commission MAC 2020 plan that focuses on the expansion and renovation of the MSP terminals. What is missing from this plan is impact of the expansion on the neighborhoods around the airport. I will make sure that the City makes the compelling case to the MAC neighborhoods are a priority.

I propose the creation of an Airports Liaison position within the City of Minneapolis to work with residents. In 2011, the City merged a former airports planner position with other community planning functions, and I believe this issue is important enough to have dedicated staff again. I will work with department heads and with our new mayor to make this a priority.

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?

MP: Within the first 3 months of being office, I will push for an environmental review of impacts of PBN/RNAV with our national congressional delegation.

I will work on the City’s airport work group on the RNAV implementation issues, including an independent noise study to examine the accuracy of the noise data that the FAA and MSP are using.

I will work with MSP Fair Skies to address their issues and will promote them with Ward 13 residents as the community advocacy group on this issue. In any noise study it is imperative we use modern benchmarks and metrics that the rest or the world uses, like 55 dB average noise and N70.

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

A major U.S. hub airport within 20 minutes of our community has multifaceted benefits. We are lucky to be connected to the world just minutes from our doorsteps, but we also have some of the worse noise pollution in the country because of this. With anticipated growth of MSP, we have to proactively plan for regional and state-wide solutions to accommodate future passenger and freight airport traffic.

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