Airport advisory body in the works

An advisory committee for the West Kootenay Regional Airport will be struck shortly, according to Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

An advisory committee for the West Kootenay Regional Airport will be struck shortly, according to Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

“It’s the right time,” he said after city council voted to adopt a terms of reference document for the committee at Monday night’s meeting.

The purpose of this team will be to promote development of the airport, encourage the development of improved air services to the West Kootenay, review and make recommendations provided by Castlegar City Council, represent the airport for matters dealing with the provincial and federal governments and provide community input to airport management on airport activities.

The committee will be made up of Chernoff (who will also serve as chair), one city councillor, one member of the community-at-large appointed by the city, one member nominated by the RDCK, one member of Nelson City Council, one member nominated by the Castlegar and  District Chamber of Commerce and two representatives from the airport users nominated by Castlegar City Council.

“If you sit an advisory group down they can come up with some great ideas,” Chernoff said. “How do we improve things?”

Once struck, the committee will meet semi-annually at — where else? — the airport.

/Castlegar News