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Airport director asked to address NWCA


Ohio State University Airport Director Doug Hammon has been asked to be the guest speaker at the April 17 annual meeting of the Northwest Civic Association.

John Ehlers, president of the NWCA board of trustees, made the announcement at the regular meeting earlier this month.

Ehlers said he had been in a meeting with Hammon relating to ongoing efforts at addressing traffic issues on West Dublin-Granville Road when he extended the invitation.

Hammon indicated he was available and "would be interested as guest speaker," Ehlers said at the board meeting.

Ehlers said last week he was awaiting final confirmation.

The annual meeting, which features the election of the board of trustees as well as voting on any proposed changes to the civic group's code of regulations, will be held in Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road.

The April 17 gathering, which will be in Room 213 where the board holds monthly sessions, begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments provided by the Fresh Market on Henderson Road and the Refectory Restaurant and Bistro on Bethel Road, Ehlers said.

Hammon should be able to discuss "issues related to services that the airport provides, the benefits to the community and to the university, some awards that it has received recently," Ehlers said.

"It's a rather busy airport," Ehlers said of what is also referred to as Don Scott Field.

It's also likely the effect on the airport from the federal sequestration cuts also will be discussed.

Though the airport handles 70,000 takeoffs and landings a year, Don Scott is one of about 170 across the country slated to lose its air-traffic control tower staffing April 7. The airport is appealing to the federal Aviation Administration to stave off the cut.

Also at the annual meeting, which is open to anyone who would like to attend but only NWCA members can cast votes, the Anna Mildred Henderson Award will be presented to an individual or organization in Franklin County who has provided outstanding volunteer service that improves local neighborhoods.

The award is named for one of the people involved in founding the Northwest Civic Association in 1967.

The recipient and the person making the nomination are notified of the award in advance, Ehlers said, but otherwise it remains a secret until revealed April 17.