Lengthy discussion culminates in 6-5 vote in favour of relocating airport
WATERVILLE - Kings County council has narrowly approved a plan to relocate the municipal airport to 14 Wing Greenwood.
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Cyril Mosher stands outside the Kings County municipal building with a placard prior to a special meeting where council voted to move the Waterville airport to Greenwood.
After a lengthy discussion during a special meeting on Tuesday, council voted 6-5 in favour of the strategy, prepared and recommended by chief administrative officer Tom MacEwan.
The county will play no role in the operation and management of the relocated airport.
MacEwan termed this “a significant change in direction” for the county. He added that a relocation of the airport to 14 Wing “is the only option the municipality will be willing to support financially.”
Ongoing negotiations into the future of the relocated airport will be conducted between 14 Wing and the aviation community. The intention is that the relocated airport will be owned and managed by an arm’s-length organization, operating as a business.
In order for those ongoing discussions to take place, the Sept. 30 closure date for the Waterville airport, agreed on by council March 10, will be extended to March 31, 2015, providing the aviation users confirm their agreement, in writing, prior to Aug. 31.
MacEwan added that following these discussions, should an agreement prove unworkable, he would commit to bringing another proposal back to council.