Candidate Q&A: Prescott Airport — Does it need improvements? | The Daily Courier

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Mayor candidates, top from left: Mary Beth Hrin, Greg Mengarelli, and Jean Wilcox. Council candidates, middle row from left: Steve Blair, Connie Cantelme, and Phil Goode. Council candidates, bottom row from left: Greg Lazzell, Alexa Scholl, and Joe Viccica.

Editor’s note: This is one of the key issue questions posed to Prescott City Council and Mayor candidates recently by the Daily Courier. The candidates were asked to answer a number of questions in 75 words or less. Voters will choose from among the candidates in the Aug. 29 primary.

As the City of Prescott has focused on a need for heightened economic development, one deficiency has consistently emerged: the Prescott Municipal Airport.

City officials have long been eyeing improvements the airport’s terminal and runway to make it more attractive for commercial air traffic.

Still, at a recent airport master-planning public meeting, residents from nearby neighborhoods such as Pinon Oaks voiced concerns about growth at the airport, and the additional noise it would bring.

Prescott Mayor and City Council candidates weighed in recently on the airport, and the importance of expanding and improving the facility:

Should the city take steps to improve its airport to encourage more commercial air traffic? Why or why not? What are your priorities for the airport?

Council candidates

Joe Viccica: Having flown the majority of my flight hours out of Ernest A. Love Field through Embry-Riddle, I feel I have a unique perspective on airport improvements. One improvement we should be actively saving and acquiring grants for is a new terminal. Beyond the job opportunities we could attract for aviation, weather, and business students, we should have a world-class terminal to welcome guests and residents to our world-class city. Our airport is a great engine for local…

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