A project that could save hundreds of thousands of dollars is under way at the Huron County Airport.
Huron County Commissioner Larry Silcox recently said a two-man crew was at the airport working on tree and brush removal.
"They've started on the big trees," he said.
"They are supposed to take everything out," he added. "That includes the 2 acres owned by the city of Norwalk because we have worked out an agreement with them."
The trees and brush have been a source of ongoing controversy, as local pilots have claimed both were obstructions to airplanes at the airport.
Silcox said this tree-and-brush removal drama has dragged on for at least seven years.
The airport board's answer to this problem has been lately to apply for a federal grant and spend those potential dollars on obstruction removal, but the county commissioners have vetoed that idea in the past few years.
Silcox said not only are the obstructions being removed by Shank Forestry from Berlin Heights and a subcontractor, but the county might make a little money in the end.
"We might, depending on the size of the trees," he said. "We might get 50 cents a ton for the wood chips, but we won't know any of that until everything is down.
"The big thing is we are not spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on this, especially in this economy," Silcox said.
Silcox said a similar project recently took place at the county land lab on South Norwalk Road.
"These are good examples of people working together to get things done," he said. "This is a really good project."
Silcox said this should be it for the airport obstructions.
"I don't think there are any other obstructions," he said.
Silcox said once everything is down, the next task is stump removal.
"We haven't decided on that yet, but we may ask the county engineer to take a look at that," he said.