The original planners who chose and pursued Iotla Valley as a location for an airport made a bad decision. Perhaps back then they did not foresee more than local crop-dusting planes utilizing the little country airport. The recent long fight over the expansion of the airport runway and negative impacts it would have on Macon citizens proved to be a "railroad job" by special interests and big money rather than the democratic will of the public. The public can rarely fight and win against the stacked cards of local politicians, government agencies and partnering corporations. The issues of public safety, public interest, and the compatibility of an elementary school 1,300 feet away from the runway were tossed into “File 13,” the waste basket.
No doubt the ill-placed and ever-growing airport will continue to be promoted by short-sighted and irresponsible special interests at the jeopardy of the surrounding homes and children in the new school. The airport was a safety issue then and a proven threat today.