By Jack Mayne A recent meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration regional office in Renton was a bust, and it is time for serious legal action to stop the recently increased noise from planes taking off from Sea-Tac Airport. The Quiet Skies Coalition in a newsletter to its members Tuesday evening said that a Jan. 24 meeting with the FAA regional office in Renton â€œwas very unproductive.â€ â€œWe came fully prepared and hoping that our questions and concerns would be openly addressed,â€ the group’s President Larry Cripe wrote. â€œHowever, the FAA chose to simply re-read what they had already sent us on December 16, 2016 with vague and incomplete responses.â€ So the time has come to hire professionals for the job, he said. â€œ… We strongly believe it is time for us to hire a project coordinator to manage the daily activities as we move forward.â€ He said Quiet Skies is writing a job description for a coordinator but it will cost money. â€œWe will need your financial support to make this happen.â€ City of Burien involved The Burien City Council on Jan. 23 voted to approve up to $70,000 for a legal battle against the FAA. â€œWe are very grateful to the six Councilmembers for their support,â€ Cripe said in his newsletter. The lone negative vote was from Councilmember Bob Edgar who said he was concerned about what â€œthe final monetary impact would be to the city.â€ Then Burien City Attorney Lisa Marshall said she had made it clear to the FAA that the city was serious and that if the agency â€œdid not ‘cease and desist by February 10, 2017 and if the FAA did not commit to conduct a full environmental review,’â€ then the Burien and Quiet Skies Coalition would sue the FAA. â€œOver the past six months, your Quiet Skies Coalition committee has been working on your behalf to get us to this point,â€ Cripe wrote in his newsletter. â€œWe will continue to work with the City to protect our interests.â€ Cripe said the Quiet Skies website, quietskiescoalition.net, continues to expand.
â€œWe encourage you to visit it regularly for updated information. You can now also donate directly and securely through the website. Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/QSCBurien. For additional fundraising, we intend to form a â€œGoFundMeâ€ page in the near future.”]]>