After hours of discussion, the Kalispell City Council voted to put the fate of the controversial city airport on a November ballot. Councilmembers will decide on the exact language of the ballot item in upcoming days.
The 83-year old airport has been the center of heated debate in Kalispell. An engineering firm hired by the city to study the airport has recommended it be expanded to meeting federal guidelines.
Some opponents of the possible expansion say they?re worried about larger aircraft using the airport, and the possibility of Kalispell losing control over the facility after federal funding comes through.
Some supporters say the airport is a huge boost to the local economy, and an expanded airport would mean a safer airport.
Kalispell Resident Carl Feig is against the possible expansion.
?Fellas that say that they learned to fly here and so forth, is as bad as we have learned before, when people said ?Oh I went to Central School, therefore we got to keep it. However, there?s other facilities here that could serve all of the purposes,? said Feig.
Joe Carbonari, who works in Kalispell, says he?s for the possible expansion.
?The economic impact is based on bringing folks new businesses and continuing the businesses we have now. It?s an improvement for the future,? said Carbonari.