By Kirk Starratt
A Cambridge resident he wants Kings County council to leave the Waterville airport just where it is.
Frank Comeau presented council with a petition against the possible relocation of the airport with 280 signatures during a public meeting Aug. 21, saying he wanted to show council how he and others feel about the possible loss of a valuable piece of transportation infrastructure.
“I grew up with the airport, I always liked it and I see no reason to disperse of it,” Comeau said.
Kings County council is scheduled to discuss the petition as correspondence at its Sept. 3 session.
Like many others in the community, Comeau said he enjoys watching the airplanes come and go and he has always been a supporter of aviation. He said the airport is one of the last attractions the community has and he is certain that, with more time and effort, he could gather many more signatures.
Council has committed to divesting the airport land to Michelin for a future expansion of the tire making plant if the company wants it.
“I see it as a loss,” Comeau said about the proposed airport relocation. “Why change something if it works?”
Although he recognizes the airport isn’t as big an economic generator as Michelin, Comeau said it could be much greater than it is today if it were allowed to expand.
Council is also expected to discuss a policy statement from the airport community at the Sept. 3 session. Adopted by the airport co-op and local aviators in July, the statement calls for a location east of Waterville with room for a 5,000-foot runway and future expansion.