Update on Airplane Noise in Ward 13

13th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Member Linea Palmisano
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September 29, 2014

Contact Information

Council Member Linea Palmisano
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415 612.673.2213

Emily Ziring, Senior Policy Aide

Ken Dahler, Policy Aide

Airplanes disrupted our summer. Anyone who attended an outdoor movie at the Lake Harriet Bandshell or had a conversation with a neighbor in their front yard can tell you—the noise was tiresome. It was worse than any summer in recent memory.

South Minneapolis has always taken the brunt of noise and pollution from flights to and from Twin Cities International Airport (MSP). We all know the airport is integral to our local economy, yet the noise impact this year has been especially frustrating. Since I've come into office, the City of Minneapolis has filled its vacant Government Relations Representative position with an experienced staffer who will be dedicated to working on airport issues on the City's behalf. This representative has met directly with several of our neighborhood boards to better understand how the noise impacts our neighbors' daily lives. Additionally, my staff and I meet monthly with internal staff, as well as representatives from the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC) and Congressman Keith Ellison's office to connect on different efforts around this issue. The purpose of this newsletter is to explore the causes behind the increased airplane noise and explain what my office and the City of Minneapolis are doing on behalf of constituents.