Sunday, January 06, 2013

Poplar Grove (C77), Illinois: Low-flying airplane causes concern near airport


POPLAR GROVE – As the story goes, a woman was driving her car along Orth Road when, suddenly, she was confronted by a low-flying airplane.

The motorist lodged a complaint with officials at nearby Poplar Grove Airport and the matter ultimately wound up in front of the village’s finance committee.

Committee Chairman Bob Fry said the aircraft, obviously, was not following proper procedures. He suggested putting up “low-flying aircraft” signs in that area as a caution for motorists.

“It’s less of an issue on (Illinois) 76 because of the power lines,” he said. “We’re only talking about two signs.”

Committee members voted 3-0 to recommend approval of spending up to $200 for the signs.

The matter was on the village board’s Dec. 10 meeting agenda and Village President John Neitzel offered some background. He said the motorist in question “was driving down Orth Road and was startled by an approaching aircraft.”

Given that, trustees without comment concurred with the recommendation in a 6-0 vote.

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