Le Mars hopes airport change could enable tower

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Le Mars officials say they may restrict flights at the city’s airport to resolve a Federal Aviation Administration ruling blocking the construction of a water tower.

The FAA told the city earlier in the summer that a planned 140-foot-tall water tower would be a hazard to planes approaching the Le Mars Municipal Airport. Federal officials ordered that the tower not exceed 86 feet.

That prompted city officials to reject bids submitted to build the tower.

But the Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/16jkIdX ) Thursday the city has filed paperwork to require that planes only access the airport to the west.

City Administrator Scott Langel says he’s optimistic that would prompt the FAA to drop its objections.

The city has bought 2.34 acres of land for the tower and booster station.

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Information from: Daily Sentinel, http://www.lemarssentinel.com

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