Edina joins at-large seat on noise committee

Edina will join six other cities in holding an at-large seat on the Noise Oversight Committee, which is expected to review the Federal Aviation Administration’s plans to concentrate plane traffic over Edina.

NOC’s bylaws are expected to be changed at its March meeting to include Edina on the at-large seat. The other cities sharing the seat are St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, Inver Grove Heights, Burnsville and Apple Valley.

The city originally requested its own seat on the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s NOC. The issue arose when the NOC approved in November new flight-routing technology that would create two paths over Edina where plane traffic would be routed departing the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The Metropolitan Airports Commission declined to implement the technology for planes departing from two gates which would fly over Edina.

The seat is currently held by Apple Valley City Councilmember Adam Bergman. The position doesn’t rotate between the cities, but rather the group annually chooses the person, usually an elected official, to fill the seat.

It would be an opportunity to be able to put someone in that role, City Manager Scott Neal told the Edina City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Neal will also be attending a planning meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, for an Airport Advisory Committee being formed by a neighborhood association in southwest Minneapolis. The association would like Edina to be a part of the committee, Neal said.

 

More 50th and France parking

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority, which is comprised of the Edina City Council, authorized Neal to begin negotiations to either lease or purchase the property at 3944 W. 49 1/2 St., whcih is currently Hooten’s Cleaners.

The property owners are interested in considering a lease or sale to the city, according to Bill Neuendorf, the city’s economic development manager.

If purchased, the city is proposing to change the property into additional parking at 50th and France.

Neuendorf said the city has found more parking is needed in the business district after studying the issue for several years. The north parking ramp next to Hooten’s Cleaners can be expanded.

Construction of more parking is preferred before the city begins renovating the south and middle parking ramps at 50th and France to alleviate a shortage of parking while the renovations occur, according to Neuendorf.

 

Contact Lisa Kaczke at lisa.kaczke@ecm-inc.com

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