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A $10 million private development is aiming to make the Wetaskiwin Regional Airport a place to play and stay for aviation enthusiasts.

Wetaskiwin businessman Byron Reynolds made a presentation regarding his project Skyport at Wetaskiwin Regional Airport to city council at its June 27 meeting.

“It’s something that Wetaskiwin has either by good luck or good management, we have an airport ideally situated that no other community our size Camrose doesn’t have it, they’re too far to the east nothing generally aviation friendly going on at the International Airport and Ponoka just simply doesn’t have the potential for development that the Wetaskiwin Airport has; Rocky Mountain House is too far from the west; Lacombe doesn’t have an airport that will never be developed beyond what it is now.

“So really, between Red Deer and Edmonton there is nothing better situated than Wetaskiwin Airport as far as general aviation development goes,” said Reynolds.

“You can actually drive to Wetaskiwin from the southside of Edmonton quicker than you can the get to the other Edmonton satellite airport in Villeneuve, if you have a base in Edmonton.

“We’re well positioned both location wise and business opportunity wise to see some real development happening here.”

Reynolds said the four phase project, consisting of 90 hangar lots, has been in the works for the past two years.

It’s no secret that prices at gas pumps in Wetaskiwin always seem to be higher than its neighbouring communities.

In fact, some vehicles have been spotted in Wetaskiwin with the bumper sticker: Gas Costs More in Wetaskiwin.

It’s a play on the Wetaskiwin Automile’s famous Cars Cost Less in Wetaskiwin slogan.

Wetaskiwin city council is finally attempting to do something about the higher prices at the pumps.

The matter was before city council at its June 27 regular meeting.

Wetaskiwin city manager Ted Gillespie said research into the matter was conducted by city administration at the request of Mayor Bill Elliot.

“The research was based on the mayor wanting to initiate some letters to the oil companies, so I asked Ron (Holland, Wetaskiwin’s economic development manager) to research and come up with the contact people.

“That was done, and the letters went out three weeks ago, maybe. We have not received any response from the oil companies at this time.”

Mayor Elliot said his letter to the oil companies expressed “a concern with the leakage that we had because people were finding to other places to shop. And to go get gas when they’re doing their shopping there as well.

Thanks to the generosity of the Millet Legion, the community’s library will now be able to purchase large type books, especially westerns,
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for its patrons.

The Millet Library Board was one of 17 Millet and area community groups, which shared $9,200 in funding distributed by Legion president Bonnie James on June 22 in the community, north of Wetaskiwin.

The funding represents a $2,000 contribution from the sales of poppies and wreaths during the annual Remembrance Day campaign, while the remainder of the funds came from general coffers.

In the past five years, the Millet Legion has raised and given away more than $60,000 to local and area community groups.

During the same time period, the Legion has also presented more than $15,000 to groups from the poppy fund, which included proceeds handed out recently.

A Wetaskiwin business and its owner has been recognized for seeing the ability in persons with developmental disabilities.

The local Canadian Tire store and its owner Steve Dewling were honoured with the Ed Johnston Community Citizenship Award from the Persons with Developmental Disabilities on June 27.

On hand to present the award was the central region community board chairman for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Ron Crossley.

“It’s not a case of looking at their disabilities, but looking at their abilities and saying, ‘With just a little bit of help, they can be productive and be effective in the operation here,’ Crossley told the Times.

“I really appreciate what you’ve done Steve, and on behalf of the board, I want to thank you for it.”

Dewling was joined in the presentation by two of his employees Jeremiah Schroedl and Evan Chubhey from Horizons Centre in Wetaskiwin.
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