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City approves Airport Lease Agreement

 Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe

A pilot takes off from the Lacombe Airport during the most recent fly-in event. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)

A pilot takes off from the Lacombe Airport during the most recent fly-in event. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)

The City of Lacombe is moving forward with an agreement that will see the Lacombe Airport become the Lacombe Regional Airport.

 

At their regular meeting on Monday, council gave approval to the Lacombe Airport Lease and Operating/Funding Agreement.

“The airport is owned by the City of Lacombe and operated by the Lacombe Flying Club,” said Mayor Steve Christie.

“This partnership has been further enhanced with the addition of Lacombe County, and provides the facility with a solid foundation on which to continue operations, providing services to the community and attracting business to the area.”

The agreement came about through a recent airport review and under the guidance of the Lacombe Airport Committee, which was formed in 2016.

The agreement is an update to prior formal and informal agreements between the Lacombe Flying Club and the city.

It now includes Lacombe County as a pertner and recognizes the historical contributions of the Lacombe Flying Club.

The lease length is 25 years, with an option to renew for another 25 years. One year’s notice would be provided if municipal funding were to be reduced or withdrawn.

“Once the agreement has been ratified by each party, a signing ceremony will be held,” said Brenda Vaughan, community services director for the city. “Additionally, the airport name will change to Lacombe Regional Airport in recognition of the newly formed partnership and regional economic focus.”

The Lacombe Airport is a registered aerodrom with a 3,000-foot asphalt runway. It’s used by recreational pilots, as well and STARS Air Ambulance, Alberta Health Services Medi-Van, RCMP , government and business travellers as well as civil air search and rescue.It was first established in 1962.

-BARRETT 



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