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TAC says one more year required to finish airport project
Posted July 29,
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
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
ultralight and single and twin propeller planes - Cessna, Pipers
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
All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri