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Council supports airport contract extension

Cremona emergency services sub-agreement also approved
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Planes line up at the Sundre Airport during the annual Mother's Day Fly-In. The airport management agreement is being extended. File photo/MVP Staff

MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY - County council has come out in support of extending the airport management agreement with the Sundre Flying Club for the Sundre Airport.

The move came by way of motion at the recent regularly scheduled council meeting.

Located west of Sundre and south of Highway 584, the airport is owned by Mountain View County and operated by the club under the agreement.

“Administration recommends that council consider requesting a two-year extension of the management agreement with the club to align with the timelines contained within the Olds-Didsbury Flying Association management agreement,” said Chris Atchison, director of legislative services.

“This will allow for the economic development analysis on the Olds-Didsbury Airport to be completed and analyzed to determine if there are any recommendations that want to be incorporated into new airport management contacts.”

Administration is seeking direction from council prior to contacting the Sundre Flying Club to discuss extension or renegotiation.

The existing contract expires on Dec. 31, 2019 and will require an extension or a renegotiation in order to maintain the existing contract, council heard.

The revised contract would come back before council for further consideration.

Emergency services agreement OK'd

Meanwhile, council has approved the updated Cremona emergency services sub-agreement between the county and the village.

At the Sept. 26 regular council meeting council approved the sub-agreement, which formalized the relationship between the two municipalities and brought fire services governance under the purview of the inter-municipal collaboration committee. The matter came back before council on Oct. 23.

“Prior to signature of that agreement, the village requested the agreement be returned to the committee for further consideration and review,” he said.

“The committee has reviewed and discussed the proposed sub-agreement and have agreed to recommend the (updated) agreement back to both councils for consideration.”

The changes include renaming the agreement the Emergency Services sub-agreement to reflect that a large portion of the department’s operations are dealing with emergencies not related to fire calls, council heard.

The approval came by way of motion, with all councillors voting in favour.