September 19 County Board Meeting and F-35 Updates

September 19 Agenda and previous minutes

Visit the County Board Agenda and Minutes page for a review of this week’s agenda and the minutes from the last meeting. Look for a longer update on other county happenings later this week.

F-35s Updates

City of Madison

On September 17, 2019 the Madison Common Council passed a resolution, which was a combination of two different resolutions addressing the future activities at Truax Base. Last week city staff released a report assessing the Draft F35 EIS.

Statement from Mayor Rhodes-Conway re: F-35 Environmental Impact Statement

Dane County

The resolution process for the Dane County Board of Supervisors is as such: a resolution is introduced during the Announcements portion of an official County Board meeting and Supervisors have the opportunity to sign on to the resolution in support. It is then referred to committees for further examination and approval, and then finally goes back to the full County Board for approval from the whole. The whole process can take at least two weeks, and often longer, depending on the county meetings schedule. In order to ensure the statement is included in the public record by the 9/27/2019 deadline, Supervisors will have the opportunity to optionally sign on to a Letter in Opposition written by Supervisor Paul Rusk, whose district includes the area surrounding the Dane County Regional Airport and Truax field. I intend to add my name to this letter. Click on the link above to view the letter.

More Resources / links:

U.S. Rep. Pocan: Calls for further testing of noise impact at Truax Air National Guard Base

Letter from Representative Melissa Sargent (links to Facebook)

Jessie Opoien: The Air Force’s F-35s will be a boon to Madison and Wisconsin, but we have to do it right

Rep. Chris Taylor, 9 local officials: Strong community opposition needed to avoid harms of F-35s

Supporters for F-35 jets propose solutions to mitigate noise concerns

John Nichols: F-35 project is the military-industrial complex at its worst

Together Truax

What happens if Truax Field doesn't get the F-35?