Defunct airport lights help finance skateboard park

The skateboard project for Rimbey could soon have $1,000 added to its coffers thanks to a deal now struck between council and Lacombe Flying

The skateboard project for Rimbey could soon have $1,000 added to its coffers thanks to a deal now struck between council and Lacombe Flying Club.

At its regular meeting Monday, council gave the green light to CAO Lucien Cloutier to contact the Lacombe Flying Club to make arrangements to remove the lights in exchange for a $1,000 donation to the Kinsmen Skateboard Park Project.

Council agreed the deal would be beneficial for both parties.

In a letter to Mayor Rick Pankiw, Dave Scott from the Lacombe Flying Club said members from the club will remove the lights/posts from the runway at no cost.

“The runway will not be damaged in any way by the removal of the lights/posts, and the Lacombe members will ensure there are no hazards remaining that would interfere with aircraft landing at the airport,” he said.

The airport lights were installed in the early ‘80s and some work was done on the system in 2006. However, the wiring has been damaged beyond repair due to rodents and insects.

“If they’re gone, you’re not missing much,” said public works foreman Rick Schmidt.

Cloutier has notified Transport Canada about the exchange and to ascertain the airport is licensed for landing only during daylight hours.