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Despite citizens' concerns, city approves flight plan easement

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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The Folsom City Council got through their July 12 meeting in an hour, approving a flight plan easement among other items. The council gave final approval for “Mather Noise Easements” for Mather Field flights as part of the Folsom South Tier 1 Development Agreement, paving the way for an agreement between the airfield and landowners in the area targeted for development South of Highway 50. Some residents expressed concern over the flight noise. Folsom resident Glen Otey was concerned over the master plan. “Why should buyers forfeit their rights without honest disclosures?” Otey asked the council. “We should not even move forward until we reconsider the master plan.” Folsom resident Bill Bryant is a part of the Communities for a Responsible Mather Airport organization. “We are not asking the airport system or Mather to give up anything, we are just asking them to take it back where it came from (Sacramento),” Bryant said. He explained that the organization includes members from El Dorado Hills, El Dorado County, Gold River, Orangevale, Rescue, Rancho Cordova and more. Ardie Zahedani, principal with RCH Group, represents the seven active landowners South of Highway 50. He told the council that they will commit to this noise easement. Mike McDougall, with MJM Properties, also spoke on the issue. “We support the noise easement with the city,” McDougall said. McDougall explained that sometimes people can overlook disclosures and disclosures have a way of “being forgotten.” But, he said easements do not get overlooked. Mayor Andy Morin thanked residents for coming to discuss their concerns. “We appreciate all the comments.” Morin said. “We have worked on this for a long time and we will continue to work on it.” Councilwoman Kerri Howell said people moved into Folsom before there was cargo air traffic over Folsom City and by moving the air traffic South of Highway 50 with the easement, it will help this issue.