The Santa Fe New Mexican reported on the Council resolution Monday, November 8.
On Monday, the council's Public Works Committee recommended passage, with a sole dissenting vote from Councilor Rosemary Romero. The measure goes to the full City Council on Wednesday.
The resolution would support a proposal to establish a so-called Low-Altitude Tactical Navigation training area, but only if an environmental assessment, now under way, identifies potential impacts to Northern New Mexico and Santa Fe and determines ways to mitigate the impacts.
"Such impacts include, but are not limited to, possible detrimental effects to air space/air traffic, noise levels, public safety, air quality, physical sciences, biological sciences, cultural and historic resources, land use and recreation, tourism and other socioeconomic elements of the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of affected areas, as well as possible increases in forest fires due to aircraft crashes or flare use," says the resolution sponsored by Mayor David Coss and Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger.
Wurzburger last month withdrew a resolution she had sponsored opposing the planned flights, which also had prompted expressions of concern by officials in other Northern New Mexico communities and counties. At the urging of New Mexico's congressional delegation, the Air Force this fall delayed implementing such a plan while it gathers more public comments.
My response, emailed to Mayor Coss and the eight Santa Fe City Councilor: