Originally Published: April 14, 2008 8:45 p.m.
At the Dec. 13, 2007, Chino Valley Town Council meeting, Vice Mayor Joel Baker stated that the proposed Michael A. Perkins Airpark is one of the three most contentious issues to ever come before the Town Council.
He suggested putting the issue on a ballot for a public vote.
As a homeowner in Chino Valley, I find the thought of an airpark sickening. It would harm the quality of life in this beautiful rural area, and it's bewildering to think of building another airport only eight miles from Prescott's Love Field.
I bought property in this area so that my family could enjoy the rural atmosphere and pristine blue skies. If I had wanted to live by an airport I would have bought a home by the Prescott airport.
I couldn't agree more that this issue demands the voice of the citizens of Chino Valley at the ballot box.
Most of those in favor of the airpark - the Perkins family, the developers, the investors and lawyers - don't live in Chino Valley. I do live here along with many others who don't want to see an airpark in our backyards.
If the town pushes the airpark through planning and zoning and the council, the losing side surely will pursue a referendum, which will fracture and alienate this community further.
The Chino Valley Town Council should put this important issue on the ballot and let the citizens decide the future of their community.
Dr. Serenee Smith