Some big changes affecting users of the Nipawin airport have been proposed, including new rules around pets, where to park, and what's covered by insurance.
A report containing a revised bylaw received its first reading at Nipawin's council meeting July 9. Chief Administrative Officer Barry Elliot said the airport's current bylaw is outdated, restrictive, and does not meet the needs of the airport's users.
"We're intending to step up on the enforcement elements of [the bylaw] if needed, and hopefully just getting the information out in the correct bylaw will provide people the information they need and we will have full compliance," he said.
In addition to setting guidelines and regulations for general users of the facility, the revised bylaw also provides parameters for aircraft operation and vehicle use around the grounds. Nothing has been finalized yet, but Elliot said he expects the report to receive its second and third readings at a special council meeting July 16.
"I don't believe it will be delayed," he said. "I believe all the questions council had were answered when they gave it first reading."
The Town of Nipawin and the Rural Municipality of Nipawin have a memorandum of understanding in place concerning the airport. While the town is responsible for the general operations, the R.M. is responsible for any building or construction activities, as well as the collection of property taxes.
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