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WILLOW GROVE, Pa. - Upper Moreland Township commissioners decided Monday to vote at their April 3 meeting on whether to oppose a civilian or corporate airport at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station. The commissioners hadn't taken a position on the future of the airport in a letter to Horsham Township last year, after the federal government decided to close the base by 2011. Horsham officials and a local residents group oppose any nonmilitary use of the runway. Official base closure documents call for a joint use military and civilian airport at the base, and regional planners have said the site would be ideal for a corporate jetport. "This would be a very detrimental use to our community and surrounding communities," said Commissioner James Martin, chairman of the board's community development and public works committee. The full board is expected to vote April 3.