Kings County council’s airport workshop won’t be open to public, media

Kirk Starratt
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The County of Kings is bringing in an aviation expert to facilitate a workshop on small airports at no cost to the taxpayer, but the event will be invitation only.

Chief Administrative Officer Tom MacEwan said Ted Lennox of LPS AVIA, an aviation expert, would be facilitating a workshop Jan. 17 to provide information applicable to small airports to stakeholders. There will be no charge to the municipality.

“He’ll be providing council with a broad base of information,” MacEwan said. “He won’t be answering specific questions about our airport relocation.”

He said the workshop would be for councillors, certain staff members and a variety of key aviation stakeholders, which could include MLAs, a provincial deputy minister, the Waterville Airport Co-op, Stanfield airport, 14 Wing Greenwood, Transport Canada and Acadia president Ray Ivany. MacEwan said this would total in excess of 30 people and he didn’t expect there would be much time for questions.

Coun. Pauline Raven moved to make the workshop open to the public, saying it would be a chance for public education and engagement, but this was defeated.

Coun. Jim Winsor, who has years of experience managing airports up north, said there would only be so many people who would come if it were open to the public. He doubts there would be more than 40 people attending.

“It’s no harm, it’s nothing to fear,” Winsor said.

The county also voted to reduce the number of citizens that will sit on an airport relocation committee.

During the public comment session following the meeting, citizen Andrew Steeves said that, following motions made by council this past fall, he was led to believe that all council workshops would be open to the public. If this only included upcoming budgeting and strategic planning workshops, Steeves suggested having council look at making all workshops public.

MacEwan said he had reviewed the minutes and recordings relating to those motions and they dealt specifically with upcoming budgeting workshops and strategic planning sessions.

MacEwan confirmed that the workshop would be closed to media as well.

Former Waterville Airport Co-op board chairman Walter Isenor said that, as of the morning of Jan. 9, they had heard nothing about the workshop.

Organizations: Waterville Airport, Transport Canada

Geographic location: Kings, Acadia

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  • Evelyn
    January 15, 2014 - 13:55

    Not sure why the Former Airport Co-op chair would be invited to this meeting probably the new chair would be invited. I am not even sure why the Airport Co-op would be invited, they are citizens and if citizens are not invited why should they be? They just rent they are not owners and it is a little distrubing why they are being given so much power by the municipality! It's unjust!