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JEFFERSON—Following a visit to the Northeast Ohio Regional Airport on March 28, U.S. Rep. David Joyce presented to the County Board of Commissioners two U.S. flags that will be flown on the county courthouse campus. The flags previously flew over the U.S. Capitol.
Joyce and District Outreach Representative Katie Burger toured the airport with Commissioners President Kathryn Whittington, Vice-President J.P. Ducro IV and Commissioner Casey Kozlowski in the morning. The Airport Authority was the recipient of a $7.4 million Federal Aviation Administration grant that funded improvements at the Denmark Township airfield. The money paid for runway reconstruction, a 703-foot extension and runway safety area. The resulting 5,900-foot runway is capable of serving almost any business or private aircraft.
“We are proud of the tremendous resource we have in our county airport and are grateful for the hard work and dedication of the board and staff that have made it happen,” said Commissioners Vice-President J.P. Ducro IV, who represents the Board on the Airport Authority.
“It was an honor to tour the Northeast Regional Airport with the Ashtabula County Commissioners. This airport is such an asset for reliable and easy transportation to our region,” Joyce said. “With future infrastructure plans and funding, I look forward to seeing what further improvements are to come.”
Following the airport tour, Rep. Joyce and Commissioners returned to Jefferson, where Joyce presented to the board and county with the 5-by-8-foot U.S. flags. One flag will be flown from a pole between the Old Courthouse and annex, and one on the front lawn of the Old Courthouse.
The flags are essentially “new,” having been flown over the Capitol for a brief period, then removed for presentations.
The Capitol Flag Program dates back to 1937. In a typical year, the Architect of the Capitol fulfills more than 100,000 requests for these flags from House and Senate members.
To obtain a flag, the Congressman must complete a request form, purchase the flag from the House Office Supply Store, complete paperwork, walk the flag and paperwork to the Architect of the Capital’s Flag Office and wait for the flag to be flown, typically four weeks, before picking up the flag and certificate of authenticity.
Katie Burger says that individuals and organizations interested in requesting a flag can do so at the Congressman’s website: https://joyce.house.gov/flag-request/. Or call the Mentor office, (440) 352-3939.
Following their meeting with Joyce, Commissioners made their meeting room in the Old Courthouse available to Joyce to meet with constituents.
“It was great having Congressman Joyce in the county where he had the opportunity to see many of the updates that have occurred at the Northeast Ohio Regional Airport. We certainly applaud Congressman Joyce on his work to help secure federal funds to assist with the runway expansion project that recently was completed,” said Commissioner Casey Kozlowski.
“It is always a pleasure to have the Congressman and his staff spend time here in Ashtabula County. We are thankful for the donation of the U.S. Flags that will fly right here on our complex and we appreciate everything that the Congressman does for Ashtabula County and our residents,” said Commissioners President Kathryn Whittington.