Airport Thinks Big
"I think it's a waste of money," said Elizabeth Cunningham. "They have half the traffic they had two years ago over there. They have a fourth of the traffic they had ten years ago. So why do you need to expand it by more land when they have over 5,000 acres?"
Elizabeth Cunningham has lived in Columbia for 35 years and has three farms.
She's not a fan of expansion, but doesn't mind the airport.
"They're good neighbors. You couldn't ask for a better neighbor than an airport," Cunningham said. "If your cattle get out they'll help fix the fence or they'll tell you, they call the front tower if the dogs are in your sheep. They let you know."
The airport is looking at properties next to the airport.
In total it hopes to expand close to 61 acres.
"We're working or specifially looking at three separate tracts of land which are owned by three separate individuals," public information specialist Jill stedem said.
Though there are no specific plans, the city does envision an expansion of the airport that may someday include a new hangar, an extended runway and an expansion of the existing terminal.
The city is reviewing its options for the expansion, including talking to local farmland owners.
The public had its first chance to talk to the city council about the expansion during tonight's council meeting.
To view a copy of the airport plan, simply click on the links on this page.