Bids on airport turned down by town council

The town has rejected offers to purchase the airport. Both bids were below the reserve bid of $125,000.

Two sealed bids for the purchase of the Rimbey airport opened in council at its Monday meeting did not net the desired outcome for the bidders.

The airport will not be sold.

At its meeting, Oct. 24, council opened a bid from Gerald Ernst, Peter Couchman, Paul Kusch and Wayne Danser to purchase the airport for $52,500. They also opened a bid from The County of Ponoka to purchase the airport for the sum of $1.

Council had advertised for the sale of the airport with a reserve bid of $125,000. The property has been assessed at $104,600.

Both bids were rejected by council, who discussed the issue in-camera.

“We are not interested in selling the airport,” said Mayor Rick Pankiw. “We don’t see any advantage to it.”

He noted the airport was not purchased from Ponoka county originally, as was stated in the Review earlier. The incorrect information was provided by former interim CAO Donna Tona.

Pankiw said the airport was purchased from Transport Canada. He said the airport is, however, on county land.

After coming out of the in-camera session council passed a motion to charge 2015 lease rates for the hangers at the airport. The fees are to increase by 10 per cent per year for the next five years.

“We’re back to where we were (in 2015) regarding the airport,” he said.

Peter Couchman, one of the pilots who put in a bid for the airport said he is very disappointed with council’s decision.

“I was hoping they would have more foresight,” he said. “It is a very sad day for me.”

Couchman said he “will almost certainly sell his hanger” which he owns at the airport.

Couchman said he sees council’s decision as “the beginning of the end” for the airport. “You can’t expect the airport to survive without much needed expertise,” he said.

The men who put in a bid to purchase the airport had plans to bring it back to its original state. They planned to upgrade it to include 24-hour use and obtain the status of ‘registered airport’ with Transport Canada.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Four-car crash, including RCMP vehicle, on Highway 2

Two sheriff’s vehicles were also involved in the collision that closed down one lane

Rev. Deborah Laing says goodbye to Rimbey

Rimbey United Church minister moves on

Misadventures of a farm wife

Beating the storm, almost

Golf tourney raises funds, attracts pros

Gull Lake Pro Am great success

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

WATCH: Chuckwagon races wrap up at Westerner Days

Reed Rosencrans was the 2018 champion of the chuckwagon races in Red Deer

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Stettler hosts antique tractor pull

Participants come from across Alberta

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Most Read