First airport relocation committee meeting scheduled for June 13

Kirk Starratt
Published on June 13, 2014

Waterville Airport sign

The first meeting of the County of Kings Waterville Airport Relocation Project Steering Committee takes place today, June 13.

In May, county council approved the citizen representatives for the ad hoc committee. They include aviation representative Paul Easson and non-aviation representatives Emile Fournier and Shane Buchan.

Councillors sitting on the committee include Warden Diana Brothers, Deputy Warden Brian Hirtle, area councillor Bob Best and councillor Jim Winsor, who has several years of experience managing airports.

The meeting takes place in the Orchards Room at the County of Kings municipal complex at 1 p.m. Chief Administrative Officer Tom MacEwan said in January that site selection for a new airport would be part of committee discussions. This means that in-camera confidentiality having to do with land negotiations as outlined by the Municipal Government Act would apply. The committee is advisory in nature, not a decision making body.

The provincial Waterville Municipal Airport Relocation Study released last year identified and assessed four potential sites, including development of an airpark at 14 Wing Greenwood. However, information on other specific locations and land price estimates were removed from the report to allow for public release.