The legal fight over a proposed airport between Oskaloosa and Pella turned against Mahaska County. On Monday (9/14), a judge turned down the Mahaska County Board’s request to reverse a 2018 court ruling. That ruling said the County had breached contracts with the Cities of Pella and Oskaloosa. The judge went on to rule that Mahaska County must work in good faith with the two cities on the proposed South Central Regional Airport. Mahaska County Board Chairman Mark Groenendyk reacts to the judge’s ruling.
“We continue to believe that the airport agreement is illegal. We’re going to try and seek resolution from our appellate court to ensure that county projects are legal and protect our citizens’ interest. This is all about the citizens having a relationship with their government and having a say in their government.”
Groenendyk says it remains to be seen how Monday’s ruling will affect the proposed regional airport.