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Owen, Ward-Pugh and Ackerson host meeting for residents concerning Bowman Field tree situation

Tuesday January 17, 2012

For Immediate Release
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact:Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

In an effort to answer questions and hear concerns, Councilman Tom Owen (D-8), Councilwoman Tina Ward Pugh (D-9) and Councilman Brent T. Ackerson (D-26) will host a special meeting concerning the FAA plan to cut and replace trees in several areas around Bowman Field.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30pm at the Douglass Community Center’s Gymnasium, 2305 Douglass Boulevard.

“Our goal is to provide an occasion where citizens can seek answers to their questions in an orderly fashion while at the same time express their fears and disappointment about this program,” says Owen.

The meeting will be moderated by the Center for Neighborhoods to ensure a productive exchange of information and concerns. The Louisville Regional Airport Authority will make a power point presentation and then the floor will be open for questions and comment.

“As Council members who represent Bowman Field and the neighborhoods surrounding it, we want to make sure all sides have a say in what is about to happen,” says Ward-Pugh.

The Federal Aviation Administration was invited to attend the forum but declined to send a representative.

The subject of tree removal and replacement around Bowman Field has raised many questions by residents and neighborhood associations. The FAA and LRAA have maintained the trimming and cutting of trees is needed to allow Bowman its viability as an airfield under changing FAA Regulations.

The Council members want to ensure that those living in the effective area have the opportunity to understand what is proposed.

“If you live in this area and have wondered what all this discussion has been about, then you need to attend this meeting to let us know how you feel,” says Ackerson.

For more information about the meeting, contact Councilman Owen’s office at 574-1108.

Sponsors:
Tom Owen (D) 8
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
BRent T. Ackerson (D) 26