Commissioners approve airport minimum standards

Published 9:23 am Thursday, December 10, 2020

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The Stanly County Board of Commissioners approved new ordinances for minimum standards for activities at the airport.

Vice Chairman Tommy Jordan asked if the standards for aeronautical activity were existing rules for the airport, with the airport’s board asking commissioners to put the rules as ordinances “so they have some teeth” for enforcement.

Airport Director Ken Swaringen answered yes, adding the new standards have some new requirements from both the Federal Aviation Administration and the state’s Department of Transportation.

Swaringen said the standards were written years ago but never got before the commissioners to be made into ordinances.

“The (airport) authority, myself included, felt like it was time that we needed to revise them because some things have changed,” Swaringen said.

One example of the ordinances involved including a height ordinance which controls the height of buildings which can be built in proximity to the airport.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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