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Currituck, Camden Host Joint Public Meeting

The Board of Commissioners from Currituck and Camden counties held a special public meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 to discuss the potential construction of a Navy Outlying Landing Field in northeastern North Carolina.

Residents were able to voice opinions on the OLF during the meeting, which was held at Camden County High School. In addition, representatives from anti-OLF citizens groups in Camden and Currituck counties made presentations.

Barry Nelms, Chairman of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, and Jeff Jennings, Chairman of the Camden County Board of Commissioners, each addressed the audience to implore residents to remain active in their opposition to construction of an OLF. Each also stressed the need for patience and reminded citizens that the Navy is not scheduled to make a Record of Decision regarding a construction site until 2010.

Currituck County Manager Dan Scanlon and Camden County Manager also addressed the crowd, as did a representative of Poyner and Spruill, a legal firm hired by Camden County to assist in opposing construction of an OLF. In addition, a total of 13 citizens stood to offer opinions and concerns related to a possible OLF.


Navy Conducts OLF Scoping Meeting in Camden

The United States Navy conducted an OLF Scoping Meeting in Camden County on Monday, March 5, 2008. This meeting was held at Camden County High School.

Residents were able to submit written comments to Navy officials regarding the possible construction of an Outlying Landing Field in Camden County, at the border with Currituck County in the Hales Lake area.


Navy Hosts OLF Scoping Meeting in Currituck

The United States Navy held a scoping meeting to receive public comment from Currituck County residents and officials regarding a possible Outlying Landing Field on Monday, April 28, 2008.

This session was the first of seven planned scoping meetings in North Carolina and Virginia. The subject of these meetings was the Navy's list of five proposed sites for construction of an Outlying Landing Field. Two of these proposed sites lie in North Carolina, while three are located in Virginia.

Currituck County is included on this list with a proposed site in the Hales Lake area. If constructed, this site would overlap the border of Currituck and Camden counties.

The Currituck County scoping meeting will be held at the Cooperative Extension Center from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Cooperative Extension Center is located at 120 Community Way, in Barco.

In addition, the Navy plans to conduct a session in Camden County on Monday, May 5, 2008. This scoping meeting will be held at Camden County High School, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

According to the Navy, the purpose of each scoping meeting is to receive written comments or concerns that should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement that is to be prepared for each of the five sites. All comments presented at the scoping meetings must be delivered in written format and should clearly describe the specific issues or topics the EIS should address.

Comments to the Navy may also be submitted in two other formats. Written statements may be mailed to Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23508, Attn: Code EV OLF Project Manager. Also, written statements may be submitted via the Internet at http://www.olfeis.com/comment.aspx. All written comments must be postmarked by June 7, 2008.

According to information published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2008, facilities at the OLF site would include an 8,000 foot runway, aircraft traffic control tower and other support buildings. For purposes of analysis, an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 acre area is being considered for each site location alternative.

In addition to the Hales Lake site on the Currituck-Camden border, the other possible site locations include: the Sandbanks Site in Gates and Hertford counties, North Carolina; Cabin Pointe Site, located in Surry, Prince George and Sussex counties, Virginia; Dory Site in Southampton and Sussex counties, Virginia; and the Mason Site located in Sussex and Southampton counties, Virginia. According to the Federal Register, additional alternative site locations may be identified during the scoping process.

The Navy's complete schedule of OLF public scoping meetings is as follows:

• April 28, 2008: Currituck County, Cooperative Extension Center, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• April 29, 2008: Prince George Co., Va., J.E.J. Moore Middle School, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• April 30, 2008: Sussex County, Va., Sussex Central H.S., 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• May 1, 2008: Southampton County, Va., Southampton H.S., 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• May 2, 2008: Gates County, NC, Gates County H.S., 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• May 5, 2008: Camden County, NC, Camden County H.S., 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• May 7, 2008: Surry County, Va., Surry County High School, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Jones Discusses OLF with County Residents

Congressman Walter B. Jones met with county residents to discuss the Navy's proposed Outlying Landing Field on Saturday, April 12, 2008.

During a visit to Currituck County, Congressman Jones attended a town meeting in Moyock, which was held at Moyock Elementary School from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

For more information regarding the proposed Outlying Landing Field, visit http://www.olfeis.com/ .


County Hosts OLF Town Meeting 

The Currituck Board of Commissioners hosted a Town Meeting to discuss the possible construction of a Navy Outlying Landing Field on Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

Previously, the Navy declared that it will study a proposed location for an Outlying Landing Field in the Hales Lake area of Camden County, bordering on Currituck County.