By QMI Agency London Free Press
CHATHAM – A 500-foot runway extension and other major upgrades totalling $2.5 million could be in store for the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport.
The Chatham Daily News learned that South Kent Wind Energy – the Samsung Pattern project planning to erect 124 wind turbines between Blenheim and Tilbury – would foot the entire bill.
“It’s a great news story and an unprecedented financial commitment from a wind energy firm,” said John Norton, the municipality’s director of legal services.
Norton credited Mayor Randy Hope and council, as well as CAO Don Shropshire and other municipal officials, for striking the deal.
He emphasized that the airport funding will only be made available if the wind project receives the green light. He said two groups, including a cluster of 24 residents in south Chatham-Kent, have filed appeals with the Ontario Energy Board. Read article