Airport service review grounded

Service review of the Trail Airport put on hold for now.

The city has shelved its airport service review until the results of an economic impact study are completed, according to the city’s regional district representative.

Robert Cacchioni said the city-led service review that was asked for late last month will be put on hold until the regional district’s study is completed at the end of the month.

Cacchioni told council July 16 that Victoria-based Wave Point Consulting’s commissioned study on the airport would give Trail city council some ammunition when they begin asking questions of the partners— including Warfield, Rossland, Montrose, Fruitvale and regional district areas A and B—in the service review.

“Whether (the study) comes in positive or negative, at some point those individual jurisdictions will have to make some decision on whether or not the East End Services committee is going to move forward with decisions on the airport,” he said.

Both pieces of information will channel into the same conduit for Trail council when they try and establish how much time, money and energy they will expend on the airport in the future, and who still wants in on the service.

The city’s service review report on the airport will take a look at what the associated costs of operating are, who is in favour of the service, whether they want to pay to be in the service, and who will deliver the service.

After the review is completed the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary partners can take a look at the results and the city will get some feedback on the merit of the service.

“At that point hopefully we can move forward with whatever decision council wants to make,” said Cacchioni.