Provincial funds for airports, but not North Battleford

Airport upgrades funding has been announced from the Community Airport Partnership program, but, surprisingly, North Battleford did not make the list of recipients this year.

Instead, nine other communities received the $700,000 in matching grants available from the provincial program. The largest amounts went to Moosomin for $275,000 towards phase one of a new runway construction and to Yorkton for $257,760 towards phase one of runway rehabilitation. Estevan also received $86,750 towards runway drainage improvements.

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Other airport recipients include Birch Hills, Humboldt, Kindersley, Kipling, Maple Creek and Swift Current. No mention was made of North Battleford in the news release that went out Friday from the province.

North Battleford council had previously authorized an application for $275,000 in matching funding towards what would have been the final phase of runway rehabilitation work at Cameron McIntosh Airport.

The plan was for that to proceed this year, but it was contingent on the provincial funding coming through. North Battleford had received CAP funding for previous phases of the project, with an overall cost estimated over two million dollars.

There was no immediate comment from North Battleford officials Monday on what the next steps will be for the runway rehabilitation project, as they planned to further review the situation.

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