October 3, 2012
Congressman J. Randy Forbes
2438 Rayburn House Office Bld.
Washington, D. C. 20515
Dear Congressman Forbes:
As you know, there is a proposal for the use of the Emporia/Greensville Regional Airport as a Navy E-2/C-2 Field Carrier Landing Practice field. The Airport Commission has taken the lead in working with the Navy on this project. There has been one informational meeting held by the Navy on September 25, 2012. There is a great deal of concern in the community about this project.
The Greensville County Board of Supervisors held one of its monthly meetings on Monday, October 1, 2012. The Board’s agenda included a presentation of the status of the project by Mr. Charlie Grigg, a member of the Emporia/Greensville Regional Airport Commission, followed by a presentation by Mr. Joey Doyle, a resident in opposition to the project who requested an appointment to address the Board of Supervisors and a public comment period for those residents wishing to express their opinion regarding the project.
The Board of Supervisors meeting was well attended and twelve individuals spoke in opposition to the project. The reasons for the opposition are as follows:
1. No public hearings were scheduled to solicit public comment.
2. The informational meeting conducted by the Navy was not widely publicized.
3. Many speakers expressed their concern that they did not know the details of how the Navy was going to use the Airport and how that proposed project may impact the community in a negative way.
4. There would be a significant impact on the community by the noise created by accepting a Landing Practice Field.
6. The project would have a significant detrimental impact on land and property values in the community.
7. The benefits to the community for accepting the Landing Practice Field have not been released.
8. No test flights by the Navy have been scheduled or committed to.
Attached is a copy of the draft minutes from that portion of the meeting dealing with the proposed project (read them on the I-M Website).
The Board of Supervisors makes two requests. The first request is that the Navy extend the current deadline of Friday October 5, 2012 to comment on the Environmental Assessment. The second request is for the Navy to schedule an additional informational meeting. The Board of Supervisors will ensure that this meeting is widely advertised and that the public will have additional time to express their concerns regarding the Environmental Assessment if this request is granted.
Any assistance you can provide to assist the community in scheduling an additional informational meeting and extending the deadline for commenting on the Environmental Assessment would be appreciated.
With kindest regards I am,
K. David Whittington