Kings County needs more time to review Waterville airport business study terms of reference

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WATERVILLE - A motion to approve the terms of reference for the municipal airport relocation business case study has been delayed at Kings County council.

Waterville airport to close

Council voted May 6 to refer the matter to the May 20 committee of the whole session, with councillors to send their written comments on proposed changes or amendments to the chief administrator by May 9.

Chief administrative officer Tom MacEwan told council May 20 that he received six pages of recommended changes from councillors, airport stakeholders and members of the public. MacEwan said he would review the suggestions and make recommendations about which to include in the request for proposals.

MacEwan said he would bring the revised document to the June 6 council session and that council would be free to make amendments at that time.

Warden Diana Brothers said all councillors had the opportunity to make submissions and the chief administrator needs time to review the material to bring recommendations forward.

“It definitely is substantial,” she said of the proposed changes.

Coun. Jim Winsor said a lot of what was submitted is general statements or comments. He said you don’t get too descriptive with such a document. Coun. Kim MacQuarrie called a point of order, stating that if council is going to have a discussion about what should or shouldn’t be in the document, it should take place when councillors have the request for proposals before them for review.

MacEwan told councillors they would see the revised document a week before the June 6 session. Coun. Pauline Raven asked that changes be tracked so councillors could see how the document differs from the previous draft.

Brothers told councillors on May 6 that the document would go to the June council meeting for approval if more time were needed to rework the request for proposals.

Council will be holding an in-camera meeting with representatives of Michelin Canada on May 20 at 7 p.m. Brothers said on May 6 that there might be a motion regarding Michelin coming out of the meeting.

MacEwan said the meeting meets the requirements for an in-camera session, as it has to do with land and-or contract negotiations.

Council voted on March 10 to close the municipal airport in Waterville as of Sept. 30 to make way for a possible expansion of the neighbouring Michelin tire plant in the future.


The proposed motion…

“Recommend that municipal council approve the terms of reference for the request for proposals for the business case study – relocation of the municipal airport and that council approve $20,000 for the business case study with the remainder of the funds to be paid by the province of Nova Scotia ($50,000) and the Waterville Airport Cooperative Limited ($5,000) and that council direct that any and all costs associated with the relocation of the municipal airport including, but not limited to, costs associated with professional fees, legal fees, the business case study, environmental assessments and related remediation costs, land transactions, removal of infrastructure, and any contributions to hangar owners, be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the land identified by Michelin as being necessary for the expansion.”

Organizations: Waterville Airport Cooperative

Geographic location: Waterville, Kings, Nova Scotia

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