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TAC says one more year required to finish airport project

Posted July 29, 2019

Tottenham Airfield Corporation (TAC) is accepting public comments until Sept. 9, as a component of the permit renewal application to resume importation of fill to complete its second of a two phased expansion of Volk airport on Hwy 9 adjacent to Tecumseth Pines.

TAC's first site plan agreement expired in May but the fill operation was suspended last fall after samples detected free cyanide exceeding the maximum-allowable levels were reported in May, June, and July 2018.

Tecumseth Pines residents, and neighbours of the airport on the King Township side of Hwy 9 have been active, vocal opponents of the project, labelling it a fill operation under the guise of an airport expansion. TAC purchased the property in 2012 which had already been receiving fill for approximately three years prior.

The first of two new runways is 849 m of turf, and in operation for private recreational planes including ultralights, sport class super ultralight and single and twin propeller planes - Cessna, Pipers or Beech.

Martin Zimmer, TAC's project manager, told Free Press Online via email, the final phase of work will include a stormwater management system, a second 670 m long runway and taxiway and restoration - seeding, tree planting of the site.

"No more construction or fill importation following the one year of work," wrote Mr. Zimmer, adding, "the aerodrome is not being prepped to take over when Buttonville closes."

"Pilots with private recreational planes (one or twin engines) that currently fly out of Buttonville may be interested in moving to TAC. We wouldn't be replacing Buttonville airport. TAC does not have paved runways with the lengths required to handle commercial planes nor the traffic controls required when operating an airport versus an aerodrome."

All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri