The view of the runway
at the Hartford Municipal Airport is seen in this
October 2014 photo.
Daily News file photo
environmental assessment of a project to renovate and
expand the Hartford Municipal Airport runway has
recommended one of five alternatives for the design.
Paul Strege of the engineering firm Mead and Hunt, who’s been
working on the city’s behalf, said another public hearing about
the project should be held soon.
to the report, the design includes a runway alignment to the
north of the existing runway and a full parallel taxi-way on the
south side. The connecting taxi-way, the south aircraft apron
and north building area would remain in their existing
locations. The runway is to be extended from 3,000-3,400 feet.
announce soon when the hearing will be,” Strege said. “The
public can voice concerns then.”
assessment said “property acquisition would be required to both
the east and the west of the existing airport boundary.” That
will require purchasing about 70 acres.
Paul Osmanski own 17.75 acres northeast of the airport. She
recently received a call from an employee of the state
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection who was
gathering information on the project’s impact on farm land.
shocked when I told her the acreage is not all farmland,”
Osmanski said. “She didn’t know that we built a home there.”
said she was told by project officials the preferred alternative
would require 9.9 acres of their land.
more than half and we don’t know yet if the house is in that 9.9
acres,” Osmanski said. “We finished building a $400,000 home
there in 2014. No one told us then our property would be needed
said a fourth alternative would have required more of their
going to need 17.5 of our 17.75 acres,” Osmanski said. “They
couldn’t say if our house could remain or would have to be
confirmed the Osmanski property and others will be needed. He
said others will be affected too.
not the only one who’s land might be needed,” Strege said.
who has farmed in the town of Hartford for decades, said he’s
been told as many as 30 acres of his land will be needed.
that 30 acres to grow crops to feed my 70 milking cows,” Novak
said. “We don’t have a big farm here. I farm about 400 acres,
but losing 30 acres would make it difficult to feed my cows. I’d
be forced to try to rent land which would be expensive and there
are few acres around here that can be rented.”
he’s against the airport project because “it only benefits a few
people and hurts others.”
“I see no
reason why they couldn’t move it south more and use more of the
wetlands there, but they won’t do it,” Novak said.
the Osmanskis said they’ve not been contacted about selling.
said “based on federal farmland scoring criteria, the impacts
aren’t considered significant and mitigation won’t be required.”
disagrees. “It will significantly impact me and others.”
to the report, the cost for completing the recommended design
would be about $3.3 million. Of that, $2.3 million would pay for
runway construction. It’s estimated $873,000 would be needed for
land acquisition and $156,000 for land acquisition services and
gonna have to pay me a lot for me to sell,” Novak said.
has been working on completing the project for more than a
proposed a new, east-west runway in early 2001 based on a
feasibility study for the airport filed with the Wisconsin
Bureau of Aeronautics,” City Administrator Gary Koppelberger
said. “The recommendation is the same runway configuration we’ve
been recommending for the last several years.”
Koppelberger said “assuming all goes well, approval by the feds
and the state would allow us to begin the land acquisition
process in February 2016.”
goal was to complete the project before the U.S. Open Golf
Tournament at Erin Hills on June 12-18, 2017. They now believe
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