Project Run­way takes off

Lau­ren­tian Val­ley joins Pem­broke and Deep River in sup­port­ing repaving of run­way

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Three lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have jumped on board with Project Run­way.

On Oct. 4, the Pem­broke and Area Air­port Com­mis­sion pub­licly launched their Project Run­way cam­paign to raise $1.25-mil­lion in or­der to repave the aged run­way over the next five years. At the of­fi­cial launch, mul­ti­ple lo­cal res­i­dents pledged their sup­port to­wards the cam­paign, by each pur­chas­ing sev­eral feet of run­way at a cost of $250 per foot.

Now, a month later, sev­eral other gen­er­ous donors have stepped for­ward along with the Town of Deep River and the City of Pem­broke.

Deep River was the first mu­nic­i­pally to sup­port the cam­paign, fol­lowed by the City of Pem­broke who pledged to make an an­nual do­na­tion of $5,000 over the next five years.

On Nov. 7, dur­ing the Town­ship of Lau­ren­tian Val­ley’s reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, Coun. Al­lan Wren pro­posed that they fol­low suit by be­com­ing the third mu­nic­i­pal­ity to sup­port Project Run­way.

“I’m ask­ing coun­cil tonight that Lau­ren­tian Val­ley jump on board to the tune of $5,000 a year for the next five years, for a to­tal of $25,000 to go to­wards the repaving of the run­way,” said Wren, who per­son­ally do­nated $1,000 to the cam­paign.

All of coun­cil unan­i­mously mo­tioned in sup­port of Wren’s pro­posal, with the first do­na­tion tak­ing place in 2018.

Lau­ren­tian Val­ley Mayor Steve Ben­nett ex­pressed that Project Run­way is an ex­cel­lent cam­paign that’s been ini­ti­ated by the Pem­broke and Area Air­port Com­mis­sion, in or­der to sup­port an im­por­tant es­tab­lish­ment that serves com­mu­ni­ties across the Ot­tawa Val­ley.

“Project Run­way is a project the air­port com­mis­sion has taken on to raise funds to put in a new run­way at the air­port. It’s in dire need of work and this is their shot at fundrais­ing,” said Ben­nett. “So far, it seems to have taken off very well with the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and we’re the third part­ner to join in on putting funds to­wards it.” CIp@post­

Al­lan Wren

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