Aircraft noise has become such a problem for Atherton resident Mary Wheeler that she "cannot carry on a conversation in my house," she told the Atherton City Council recently. "It's so bad it has a detrimental effect on our quality of life."
One idea that the council thinks should be considered in dealing with aircraft noise: give rebates to residents who install double-pane windows to dampen the noise.
Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia will send a letter with complaints and suggestions to a San Mateo County governmental association looking at airport-related issues.
The letter to the City/County Association of Governments will constitute the council's comment on the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan, a report that serves as "a framework for reviewing significant proposals for further airport development," according to City Manager George Rodericks.
The council met Sept. 2 to discuss its comments. In addition to the rebates, council members said the county Board of Supervisors should hold public meetings on airport impacts, and the letter should put Atherton on record as disagreeing with noise measurement standards.