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City lands $402K for new airport snowplow

A 34-year-old piece of equipment is being replaced
The Victor M. Power Aiport in Timmins.

Funding the city applied for a couple of years ago has finally landed. 

The Victor M. Power Airport in Timmins has secured $402,750 for a new snow truck plow. It will replace a 34-year-old piece of equipment.

"The safe and efficient movement of aircraft is a primary concern and objective. Runways and taxiways require constant winter maintenance. Efficient operations require dependable equipment. Repair and maintenance costs should see savings as well," wrote airport manager Dave Dayment in his report.

The City of Timmins applied to the airport capital assistance program (ACAP) in 2021 to buy a new airport snow truck plow. 

"I didn't hear anything back last year so I thought we missed the mark on it a little bit, it's only $38 million for the whole country per year, I got an email two weeks ago — said that we were successful in the funding," Dayment told council.

The Transport Canada funding is 90 per cent of the total cost of the new snowplow, said Dayment.

Coun. Steve Black praised staff for pursuing the funding.

"When you criticize the upper levels, you got to thank them as well. So criticize them for actions on the community safety and well-being, I'll thank them for airport funding and coming up with 90 per cent of the cost of this," he said.

In the last 10 years, Dayment said the city has been fairly successful with the program.