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F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF
F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF

South Burlington City Council votes against F-35s

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Host intro: The Vermont Air National Guard is considering whether to make Burlington International Airport home to a fleet of new F-35 fighter jets. Communities around the airport debated the jets' presence at a public hearing last week. The Environmental Impact statement put out by the Air Force says that the new jets will bring higher noise levels to neighborhoods surrounding the airport.

On Monday night, South Burlington's City Council voted 4 - 1 to oppose the plan. Sarah Harris has more.

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Roseanne Greco is chair of the South Burlington City Council.  She voted “no” to basing F-35s in the city. 

"The negative effect on our community outweighed—was the deciding factor in our vote last night," she said. 

Roseanne was on active duty in the air force for almost 30 years. After reading the environmental impact study, she says she’s most concerned about the safety of South Burlington residents if there’s an emergency or a crash.

"When I look at the safety thing," she said. "that’s what just made the hairs on my neck prickle a little bit."

The council voted 4-1 to prevent the F-35s from bedding down in South Burlington. Their vote will be sent to the Air Force for consideration in the decision. The other proposed location for the F-35s  is at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah. The Air Force is expected to reach a decision on where to locate the jets sometime later this year. 


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