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Earth moves at the Arlington Airport
ARLINGTON The northeast end of the Arlington airfield has attracted attention for its mounds of dirt and active earth-moving equipment lately, but Arlington Municipal Airport Manager Rob Putnam explained that this is the latest stage in a long-term plan for those grounds.
The airport plans to even out the north end of the airfield, capping the landfill on the northeast end while filling in the holes on the northwest end, to create a more gentle slope so that water can run from the northeast to the northwest without seeping into the soil and infiltrating the stream.
Glen Rengan, who owns property bordering the landfill and leases airport property adjoining the property he owns, has received a three-year credit on his land lease for providing the dirt for the project.
In 2002, we received a $230,000 cost assessment to cover that part of the project, Putnam said. By contrast, Glens credit is for $90,000-$95,000, so were getting a deal.
The deal is compounded by the fact that the dirt comes from Boeing, which has contracted Rengans company, East Valley Sand and Gravel, to move the dirt off their property, which means that the Arlington Airport is paying neither equipment nor labor costs.
Putnam estimated that 95 percent of the material laid down would be barrier soil, which Snohomish County Health has requested be covered with grass. In the meantime, the airport has taken this opportunity to relocate the route of Centennial Trail on the airfield.
Were taking out 900 feet of trail and putting 3,000 feet of trail in, said Putnam, whose plans for the trail include a slight rerouting on the northwest end of the airfield, to put some distance between the trail and the backyards of neighboring property owners.
The repositioning of the trail and the smoothening out of the north end of the airfield are also intended to create more room for a future runway expansion, from its current length of more than 5,500 feet to approximately 6,000 feet, which Putnam pointed out will allow the airport to accommodate slightly larger aircraft.
Nearby resident Gene Ammon expressed his concerned to The Arlington Times, after he noticed what appears to be garbage in the dirt from Boeing, but Putnam has dismissed those as minor debris, such pieces of silt screens and straw.
I have a letter from the project manager over at Boeing, stating that theyve tested all this soil for contaminants, Putnam said.