Future of airport up in air

Forestburg village council

Forestburg council members will be seeking direction from the public regarding the future of their airport at a public hearing to be held this October.

In the wake of an airport condition report generated by Ground Effect Areodrome Consulting Ltd., which was presented to council at their last regular meeting on Wed., Aug. 17, approximately $3,980,000 is needed in order to ensure the airport is in adequate condition to remain safely and optimally operational.

CAO Debra Moffatt expressed concern over the liability issues surrounding the operation of a municipal airport.  Specifically that there is no training for municipal staff, who in many ways are the persons accountable for the facility.

Although council members have been urged to keep the airport viable from a small number of local residents, with the costs and, according to Moffatt’s report to council, the administrative responsibilities that are involved with keeping the airport operational – it seems unlikely.

The airport is to be kept swept (a minimum of once a month), the airport runway is to be a top priority for snow removal following each snowfall.  All navigation equipment and lighting that is outdated is to be replaced, a tie-down area is to be maintained (grass cut and snow removed) and the tree tops at the west end of the airport regularly attended to, are just a few of the items that must be dealt with to comply with the minimum airport standards.

Youth centre to be demolished

Council has contacted Forestburg Transit mix to request a quote on demolishing the youth centre.  Council advertised the disposition of the youth centre in their June newsletter, however after receiving no expressions of interest to purchase the building council opted to have the building removed.

Public works update

Renovations on the village office continue.  The back room is currently being renovated as well as the entry way, washrooms and back entrance according to CAO Debra Moffatt’s report to council.

The walls in the old council chambers need building, mudding and painting.

New elevator brushes have been ordered for the street sweeper and the front brushes have already been changed.

Street work on 49th Ave. has begun and should be done in the coming weeks, weather permitting. A fire hydrant and gutter has been replaced on 49th Ave.

Council has received a quote of $30,000 from a business in Hardisty to re-crush asphalt.

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