Weinberger to let City Council's F-35 resolution stand

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Published: Apr. 11, 2018 at 9:54 AM EDT
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said Wednesday he will not sign off on a City Council resolution calling on the Air Force to find an alternative mission for the F-35 fighter jets.

The City Council approved the measure last month following the results of a nonbinding ballot measure on Town Meeting Day rejecting the basing of the next generation fighter jet at the Burlington Airport.

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, Weinberger said he would not extend the divisive debate at the City Council by vetoing the resolution and will let it take effect April 16.

"I really in some ways more strongly than ever, believe that the F-35's should be based in Burlington, and if they are not that we are likely to experience very negative consequences both in terms of general economy because the loss of direct jobs as well to the indirect impacts that a diminishment of the Air National Guard presence would have on the Burlington International Airport," Weinberger told Channel 3.

He says residents will be able to cope with the jet sound based on an environmental impact study from the Air Force.

The Vermont Guard has called the resolution an "unfortunate distraction," saying that the Guard will be ready to receive the F-35s in the fall of 2019.