The Saratoga Sun -

By Mike Dunn 

Airport considers cameras


The Airport board feels as if adding an extra set of eyes to the airport may not be a bad idea.

At their Oct. 9 regular scheduled meeting, new airport board member Arlen Hughes, proposed the idea of placing cameras at Shively airfield.

After the plane wreck on Sept. 20 in Saratoga which took the lives of two Casper residents. The two who were killed in the crash apparently stopped in Saratoga, but investigators are unclear exactly when they left.

A camera could also keep an accurate record of how many planes are landing and leaving the airport.

An added benefit to a camera would be to display weather conditions to the town’s website. Even placing a snapshot of the runway every 10 minutes or so could inform pilots of the local weather.

The board determined they would continue to discuss the prospects of placing a camera at the municipal airport. The money for placing cameras would have to arrive from the town.

Heavy industries and commercial retailers are not the only entities that came under fire for breaking the noise ordinance at the Oct. 8 town council meeting.

During the meeting, Saratoga town councilman and airport board member Steve Wilcoxson said the airport is given an exception to the noise ordinance already. However, many of the airport board members felt as if the ordinance, listed as ordinance 9.20.050 in the Saratoga municipal code, pertained mainly to light industries and commercial operations.

Saratoga municipal airport FBO Kim Lorenzen said typically, the only time of year there is a considerable amount of noise from the airport is during Conquistadors.

Board member Jennifer Hamilton thought the airport should still be considered on the list of exemptions to the ordinance if one is drawn up by the council.

The airport board will be holding a special workshop in order to address logistics of subleasing hangars at 1 p.m. on Oct. 16.

The next regular scheduled meeting will take place at 1 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Saratoga Town Hall.


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