In the end, it was simply too much to ask of the board, especially after receiving several emails from neighbors who complained loudly that allowing the event would be a “slippery slope” and that the neighborhood near the airport was too densely populated.
“My immediate concern is the [fuel] trucks. Any fuel storage has to have 110-percent containment under it. How that’s okay, I don’t understand. If something happens, there nothing between that truck and the ground.”
— Selectboard member Ed Abrahams
On Saturday at the Walter J. Koladza Airport on Egremont Plain Road, there will be a full schedule of activities, the proceeds of which will benefit the Great Barrington Rotary Club’s higher-education scholarship program as well as various other local charitable organizations.
The latest episode saw the public hearing on the airport’s quest for three new hangars continued to July 10, but only after the selectboard heard from both sides of the controversial proposal, with noisy airport antagonists drowning out proponents.