York County has say in what happens to airport
York County would like us all to think that they do not have any say in what happens at the Rock Hill/York County airport. That is just not the case.
The authority for operations is a city responsibility, but what we are discussing now is an overlay district that will encompass both city and county property.
The county will make a decision on this -- they will have to vote it up or down at a County Council meeting.
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The county does have some say in the overall operations of the airport as well. They contribute money to the cause on an annual basis. The airport is not self-sufficent. The general operations of the airport require funding from the city and the county annually. The county can discontinue funding this operation if the city does not wish to listen to the concerns of the county government.
You see, the city owns 75 percent of the airport, and the other 25 percent of the ownership is the county.
The county can make a very strong statement to the city about the airport and what happens there. This would require that the county draw a line in the sand and stand their ground -- play hard ball!
Who is misleading the public?
NoAOD.com has never and will never give information that is known to be false, nor can we control what people assume. We urge you all to read the documents and do some research on your own. We have major concerns as we have documentation from the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation that stipulate much larger aircraft than the advertised weight of 60,000 pounds will be allowed to use this airport. We have major concerns for the safety of churches, day cares, health and nursing facilities and homes but, most of all, the many public schools that are in close proximity to the airport.
Something is wrong with our government!
I have been contacted by individuals that fear for their jobs that work in the county and city and think this is a bad idea. They know that the city and county have not given all the information that the people should have. How is it that when a group of people stand and speak their minds, that they are "trouble makers." Therefore, we (the city and county) are not going to listen to them and their concerns? The information we are sharing may be the worst-case scenario, but once we vote this in and build the airport out, we can not look back in five or 10 years and say "Oops, we made a mistake."
This is information that every resident, parent of a child in one of the six schools near this airport and taxpayer has the right to know. My question is, why are our officials that we pay to protect us and vote into office not providing all the information? The good, the bad and the ugly?
Design for intersection not an improvement
The new road design submitted by Capital Management and Engineering to York County for the intersection of S.C. 161 and Adnah Church Road in Newport is no better than the original design. The plan to have right-only turns out and in at Adnah Church Road and S.C. 161 does not address the fire department concerns, nor does it permit traffic coming up 161 from Rock Hill to access the two businesses already located on the corners of 161 and Adnah Church Road, T.C.'s Shaved Ice and Alexander's Produce.
York County Council members are once again faced with a question of right and wrong in their decision. Is it right to damage existing businesses at public expense to benefit the landowner whose property becomes road-front property when the county extends Hands Mill Road down through woods where no road now exists?
The best design would be to leave the intersection of Adnah Church Road and S.C. 161 alone. This intersection has never caused any accident, nor have any other intersections caused any accidents.
I challenge any so-called engineer from any design firm to show me a citation written to an intersection for causing an accident. Bad drivers cause accidents, and no amount of unnecessary change to an intersection can eliminate bad driving.
Since there is no safety reason for changing Adnah Church Road and S.C. 161, the public ought to start asking why the money is being wasted. Is unnecessarily complicated design responsible for the huge shortfall in "Pennies for Progress" money? Why should the county buy new property for a road when a road already exists? Something smells about the CME design, and I wonder what it is.
It's time to consider incinerating trash
We cannot make wise decisions by living in the past and doing things like we always have. We must and we will do a great deal better by being responsible for our future.
Landfills are a thing that must be in our past, for you will ruin land that cannot be useful for a long, long time.
Why not look for to the future and start incineration? It's about time we look to the future, regardless of the past, and take steps toward the future and burn garbage. We have a very good recycling program going, so we can burn what goes into a landfill.
It can and it must be done, because we don't have the land to spare and ruin.