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Date: Tuesday, September 28, 1999

Location: Fourth Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Attendees: Following is a list of project participants in attendance at the Noise Compatibility Study Group (the Study Group) meeting:

    Robert Brown, Regional Airport Authority of Louisville and Jefferson County, Noise Compatibility Study Project Manager

    Rande Swann, Regional Airport Authority of Louisville and Jefferson County

    Dorn Crawford, Outgoing Study Group Chair, Regional Airport Authority of Louisville and Jefferson County, Board of Directors

    Bill Simpson, UPS, Presiding Study Group Chair

    Colonel Tom Marks, Strategic Planning Committee Representative

    Mike Clancey, Environmental Committee Representative

    Norm Nezelkewicz, Monitoring Committee Representative

    Mindy Lambert, Public Information Committee Representative

    Luanne Rice, Sensitive Facilities Committee Representative

    Don Conrad, Relocation Liaison Committee Representative

    Arnold Celantano, New Technologies Committee Representative

    Dan Bevarly, Mo’ Better Marketing Communications

    Pamela Schott, Mo’ Better Marketing Communications

    Lyndsay Tabler, Mo’ Better Marketing Communications


Mr. Bill Simpson
called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. He welcomed everyone and gave a preview of the night’s agenda. Mr. Simpson explained that the letter designation of the meeting (e.g., 2A) is one where the Consultant Team, led by Leigh Fisher Associates, is not preparing a formal technical presentation. (There are seven study group meetings planned for technical presentations.).

Mr. Simpson explained that the Consultant Team had requested the Study Group identify and prioritize aircraft noise issues in the study area. This request is intended to assist the Consultant Team (1) identify solutions that provide the most benefit to the largest number of people affected by aircraft noise, and (2) focus the analysis of potential noise abatement strategies on those issues of greatest concern to the community.

Mr. Simpson requested approval and/or changes to the notes for Study Group Meeting #2, held on July 29, 1999. As there were no changes, Mr. Simpson pronounced the notes approved as final.

Colonel Tom Marks spoke on behalf of the Strategic Planning Committee. The Strategic Planning Committee’s list of issues are as follows:

    Continue public awareness and community participation

    Conduct a net assessment to balance the airport's planning interest with quality of life issues

    Pay attention to land use planning and policies (i.e., building codes, ordinances, state regulations, etc.)

    Consider airport growth (i.e., continually evaluate future airport uses)

    Ensure that any new technologies are communicated to all interested parties

    Be aware of sources for funding and future financing flows

Mike Clancey spoke on behalf of the Environmental Committee. Mr. Clancey said that the Environmental Committee did not have their list completed yet, however, they are currently studying aircraft operations, and consider sleep disturbance through the night. Mr. Clancey stated that the committee will look into factors related to air pollution, chemical deposits, and wildlife endangerment, including water issues.

Mr. Norm Nezelkewicz spoke on behalf of the Monitoring Committee. Mr. Nezelkewicz explained that his committee looked at the guidance provided by the Consultant Team from the perspective of the noise monitoring conducted during the summer. The Monitoring Committee’s list of issues are as follows:

    Leigh Fisher Associates correlate the ARTS data to ensure the model used to produce noise contours is as accurate as possible

    A reasonable and specific timeframe for relocation and insulation projects be prepared

    Noise monitoring become a standard part of the RAA, including hiring a noise officer to make sure that the noise that is being generated is consistent with the computer model

    Discontinue further airport expansion until current problems of relocation and noise mitigation measures are met

    Include residential areas in future consideration of sensitive land uses

    Both night noise and day noise are still problems

    Address what measures metrics will best deal with night time noise and sleep disturbance

    Use of topography in consideration for evaluating noise data

Ms. Mindy Lambert spoke on behalf of the Public Information Committee. Ms. Lambert described the function of the Public Information Committee. The Public Information Committee used the following questions when prioritizing their list of issues: What would generate the largest public awareness? What impacts community relations with the airport? What efforts would provide the largest and most effective results? The committee's responses resulted in the following considerations:

    Airport development and potential increase in aircraft operations

    Dissemination of information and (public) communication with the RAA staff

    Adherence to approved noise abatement measures

    Nighttime noise as well as daytime aircraft operations

    Aircraft operations over noise sensitive land uses

    Complete and timely resolution to relocation program

    Development of an ongoing (public) noise forum

In other business, Ms. Lambert stated that the Public Information Committee has produced and distributed The Noise Guardian Newsletter, to educate the public on noise issues.

Ms. Luanne Rice spoke on behalf of the Sensitive Facilities Committee. Ms. Rice explained the function of the committee and invited other interested parties to join. The Sensitive Facilities Committee’s list of issues are as follows:

    Restrict aircraft flight to the south except in extremes circumstances, and document any deviations

    Make funding available for noise abatement

    For homes and businesses not being relocated, insulate and compensate

    Adhere to all approved noise abatement measures

    Install berms on other noise mitigation structures to minimize ground noise

    Address day and night disturbances with equal value

    Put a cap on all airport traffic

In other business, Ms. Rice announced that Mr. John Johnston, National Marketing and Sales Director for Pearless Products, in Nashville, Tennessee is coming to Louisville to present to a joint meeting of the Sensitive Facilities and the New Technologies committees, along with representatives from the Public Information Committee. The meeting will take place on Monday, October 11, 1999, at 7:00 p.m. in the Regional Airport Authority of Louisville and Jefferson County Boardroom.

Ms. Rice stated that Mr. Johnston has extensive experience working on noise abatement projects, especially in the insulation of windows and doors in the Nashville area. Nick Mastrioni, who is with the Interstate Design Company and whose work includes noise abatement projects, will also attend with Mr. Johnston. Both men are coming with materials and videos to explain what has been done in past situations and where funding to pay for these abatement projects can be found and accessed.

Dorn Crawford spoke on behalf of the Navigation Committee. Their prioritization list follows:

    Compatible noise corridors

    Approach and departure patterns

    Runway preferences

    Day/night noise pattern discrimination


    Visual flight rules

    Conformance with noise abatement procedures

Mr. Bill Simpson spoke on behalf of the Metrics Committee. The Metrics Committee put their list of issues into the following groupings:

Group #1

    Nighttime aircraft operations causing sleep disturbance
    Interior noise levels
    Aircraft operations over noise sensitive land uses

Group #2

    Adherence to approve noise abatement measures
    Existing runway use program

Group #3

    Distribution of aircraft noise in the airport environs

Group #4

    Dissemination of information and communication with RAA staff
    Airport development/potential increases in aircraft operations

Group #5

    The need for knowledge of, and keeping pace with, technologies and new ideas regarding noise mitigation

Group #6

    Ground noise and C-weighted measurements

Mr. Don Conrad spoke on behalf of the Relocation Liaison Committee. The Relocation Liaison Committee’s list of issues are as follows (with the first two items as most important):

    Aircraft over noise sensitive land uses

    Nighttime and daytime sleep disturbances

    Ground noise

    Unequal distribution of aircraft noise in airport environment

    Existing runway use

    Interior noise levels

    Residential property values

    Airport development

    Noise from general aviation aircraft

    Adherence to approved noise abatement measures

    Dissemination of communication with RAA staff

    Types of aircraft operating at the airport

Mr. Arnold Celantano spoke on behalf of the New Technologies Committee. Mr. Cleantano explained that before preparing their list of issues, committee members asked the following questions: What is the major noise source? How do you keep the major noise source away from the population to reduce the amount of noise? If the aircraft is sitting on the ground, how do you reduce the amount of noise?

In addition, the New Technologies Committee considered the following in devising their list: type of aircraft, type of engines, existing navigational systems, and aircraft design. The New Technologies Committee’s list of priorities are as follows:

    Prioritization of issues on the airfield

    Barriers or berms to address ground noise

    Airstrip length

    Dampening devices on the ground

    Methods to absorb the noise in the current buildings

    Generating ambient noise

    Future construction of buildings near the airport

Mr. Simpson concluded the time set-aside for the prioritization of lists by asking that all committees submit a hard copy of their lists. Mr. Simpson stated that he would ensure that each committee received a copy of each committee’s lists.

Mr. Marvin Pilkenton announced that a tour would be scheduled for anyone interested in visiting the noise testing facility at General Electric Appliance Park. The facility maintains and incorporates the latest technology in noise testing equipment.

Ms. Lambert announced that the Public Information Committee would have a booth at the St. James Art Fair to inform and educate the public about the Part 150 noise study. Ms. Lambert stated that anyone interested could volunteer to work the information booth.

Ms. Lambert made a proposal to recommend the establishment of the airport noise office. It was the consensus of those present that more time was needed to look over the proposal before a vote could be taken. The Public Information Committee will provide more information and will resubmit the proposal as soon as possible.

Mr. Simpson announced that Study Group Meeting #3 will be held on Friday, October 15, 1999, at the Fourth Presbyterian Church.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.


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