County council hears about forming airport committee

The future of the Lacombe Airport, located northeast of the City along Hwy. 2A, was up for debate

The future of the Lacombe Airport, located northeast of the City along Hwy. 2A, was up for debate during a regular Lacombe County council meeting on Feb. 12th.

Delegates from the City of Lacombe and the Lacombe Flying Club (LFC) attended council to discuss the formation of the Airport Review Committee. The municipal airport is owned by the City, is operated by the LFC and borders a County property. Private members own the individual hangars.

The LFC has requested a collaborative review of the facility to provide information for long-term planning for the development of the airport. “It’s truly a regional facility that serves our area,” said City of Lacombe CAO Norma MacQuarrie. “We want to promote a regional facility.”

LFC Vice President Dave Scott said the club has 56 members, with 26 of those members being from the County of Lacombe.

“The airport serves a wide variety of uses,” he said. “We have 2,000 to 3,000 movements a year. On average there are six to 10 planes sitting there (during the summer months).”

MacQuarrie noted the two groups, the City of Lacombe and the LFC, want to see the airport review completed to gauge the amount of use of the facility and see what exactly the future could be.

The LFC also plans to look at undertaking a series of upgrades, including resurfacing the runway, constructing a new taxi way, and upgrading the runway lights, totaling close to $542,648.

The potential upgrades were not up for discussion during the meeting, only the formation of the review committee, towards looking at the future of the facility.

Councillor Rod McDermand noted he did not feel comfortable about committing any amount of funds towards such a cause, without knowing all that is involved in the review. “We need to know if we support this facility at all and what is the future of it,” he said.

Lacombe County Commissioner Terry Hagar told council the Club and the City were not asking for money, but inviting the County to participate and place two council members on the committee.

“The committee sounds like a good way to get started,” said Reeve Paula Law. “There is merit in seeing the future of the airport.”

After clarification, councillors were still not sold on the idea, and moved for administration to bring the topic back to the next meeting for review. A decision regarding the review committee will be made then.

City council had previously approved the allocation of $12,500 of City funds towards the review, as well as appointing two councillors, Wayne Armishaw and Bill McQuesten, to the committee.

news@lacombeexpress.com

 

Just Posted

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

The Sylvan Lake Gulls show off the home jerseys (white) and their way jerseys at the Gulls Media Day on June 17, before the season opener. Following the media day, the team took to the field for their first practise. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake Gulls ready to throw first pitch as construction continues

The Gulls inaugural season kicks off June 18 with a game against the Edmonton Prospects

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

A lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS
No winning ticket sold for Friday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

The huge jackpot has remained unclaimed for several weeks now

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

The Montreal Police logo is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Some Quebec politicians are calling for an investigation after a video was released that appears to show a Montreal police officer with his leg on a young Black man’s neck during an arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Probe called for after video appearing to show Montreal officer’s knee on Black youth’s neck

Politicians call for investigation after clip evokes memories of George Floyd incident

Flora Northwest was taken to the Ermineskin residential school when she was six years old. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Ermineskin residential school survivor: ‘It just brings me back to the cries at night’

Discovery in Kamloops of remains of 215 children a painful time for survivors

Thousands of protesters make their way through the downtown core during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ottawa, Friday June 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs’ study of systemic racism in policing concludes RCMP needs new model

Chair of the House public safety committee says it’s time for a reckoning on ‘quasi-military’ structure

Most Read