Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meeting on Expansion of Lambert Expected to Turn Up the Noise

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meeting on Expansion of Lambert Expected to Turn Up the Noise

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A public meeting next week on the proposed expansion of Lambert Field is expected to pack Memorial Hall at Blanchette Park, says organizer Rose Kasper, president of the St. Charles City Council.

"This is probably one of the most important issues to come to St. Charles for all time," said Kasper, 8th Ward. She said residents were fearful that if the airport were expanded westward into Bridgeton, the noise of airplanes flying over nearby St. Charles would worsen.

"Most people are saying, `We've got too much noise now. We can't take any additional noise,' " she said.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. next Wednesday night. Memorial Hall can hold between 300 and 400 people, which is "probably not big enough," says Kasper.

Kasper says she has received more than 100 calls on the expansion from people not just in her ward but from throughout St. Charles and as far west as St. Peters.

"I haven't received one call in favor" of the plan to expand into Bridgeton, a plan dubbed W-1W, she said.

That plan has received at least qualified endorsement from St. Louis, which owns the airport, and by many others, including Civic Progress and the Regional Commerce & Growth Association. In St. Charles County, it has won the endorsement of St. Charles Mayor Bob Moeller, St. Peters Mayor Tom Brown, the St. Peters Board of Aldermen and the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.

Kasper said no other issue in her six years on the council had sparked such interest. Other councilmen are also being deluged with calls, she says.

"People are saying this is not an issue of politics, party lines or money, but what the quality of life in St. Charles is to be," she said. "Will it be safe? Too much noise to barbecue?"

A consultant says that the expansion into Bridgeton would bring commercial airliners 470 feet lower than currently over St. Charles. Departing flights now cross the Missouri River at 2,000 feet; incoming flights cross at 1,600 feet.

Moeller has encouraged the City Council to endorse the plan. …

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