Centralia City Council Believes It Has Resolved Air Traffic Patterns Over City
Councilman David Sauer commended Airport Manager Simone Shaw for her work on the issue.
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Aerial View of Centralia Municipal Airport

The Centralia City Council Monday night approved a resolution to change the traffic patterns on two of the Centralia Municipal Airport Runways in hopes of diverting traffic away from east side residential neighborhoods.

Councilman David Sauer commended Airport Manager Simone Shaw for her work on the issue.

"This is one of the final steps in order to change that traffic pattern. I understand there are a number of citizens, and I was one of them, that was concerned about the noise level especially in the Spring time when everybody is outside. We've had good response in making an effort. I didn't realize that there were so many other communities who have similar issues within a couple hundred miles from here. I appreciate your compromise on this and thank you for your work on this as well."

Under the proposal the traffic pattern on runways 9 and 36 will change from a left-hand to a right-hand pattern. The Federal Aviation Administration has already accepted the request of the Illinois Department of Transportation to make the change.

City Manager Dan Ramey noted it would take some time for the change to be implemented.

"Its going to take I think 90 to 120 days or so actually before all this should come into effect where they are getting the information out to the pilots in their briefs and everything. Because the other two directions will still stay left hand."

The complaints on low flying planes over some of the east side neighborhoods hit a peak last summer when work began to try and make the changes.

In other action, the council purchased two new four door SUV's police vehicles from Morrow Brothers of Greenfield at a cost of $28,544 and $30,809. Morrow submitted the only bid. The council also approved the purchase of road materials for the public works department.

The council also approved the appointments of Madison Miller, Brooks Harlan, Bradley Griffin and Claire Skillette to the Centralia Youth Commission and Otis DOwney to the Housing and Code Enforcement Advisory Committee.

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