WINSTED, MN – With three people in favor, one opposed, and one abstaining, Winsted City Council members decided to pave the airport runway at a special meeting June 8.
The vote was the culmination of years of discussion, planning, and deliberation, and one the council did not take lightly.
“This has been a very, very difficult struggle for me,” said Council Member George Schulenberg, who voted “yes” to paving.
The other council members who voted in favor were Patty Fitzgerald and Mike Heinrich.
Council Member Tom Ollig voted “no,” stating that the city has other projects that will increase taxes already, and both the turf and tar options would meet the objective of a safe airport runway with improved drainage.
Mayor Steve Stotko abstained.
“My biggest concern is that we’re landlocked,” he said.
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