Sunday, December 27, 2015

Equipment needed for Saugeen Municipal Airport (CYHS Hanover), Ontario, Canada

The Saugeen Municipal Airport is in need of some updated maintenance equipment.

Airport Commissioner Vice Chair David Schmidt says most of their equipment is 30 to 40 years old.

Some of the items on the wish list include a plow truck, a newer snowblower and a sweeper for the tractor as well as a new tractor.

Schmidt appreciates the fact that member municipalities are cash strapped and has decided to go about his request in a different way.

He is asking member municipalities to consider an equipment donation to the Airport.

Schmidt wants member municipalities to consider donating their old equipment to the Airport when they are in the process of updating their own with newer models.

He says the Airport will happily replace their 30 and 40 year old equipment with something 15 or 20 years old.

Schmidt says over the years, very little money has been set aside for infrastructure and equipment replacement.

He says holding the bottom line and keeping the budget as low as possible has always been their goal. 

Unfortunately Schmidt says they can no longer afford to put off these costs.

Schmidt adds they have a new Strategic Plan and they will begin to set aside capital funds.

The Saugeen Municipal Airport is a shared venture between the municipalities of Hanover, Brockton and West Grey.

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