Pemberton council repeating their airport claims 

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Despite calls for action from the community as well as provincial – and now federal – politicians, for the past six months the Pemberton council has taken a careful approach to their ongoing airport saga.

But all that seemed about to change on Monday.

But as it turns out, the council has not decided to fully endorse either of the two candidates (Intrawest or Prime Air) vying to start an air service into Pemberton.

Nor did they announce that they were having their first public meeting about the airport or that they had made a strategic alliance with Whistler.

But the council did send out their first press release about the airport and it said:

"The Village of Pemberton recognizes that the airport has the potential of being a viable economic driver for Pemberton and the Region and Council is acutely aware of the impact any decision related to the airport might have on the community as a whole.

"Over the last several months Council has been in discussion with a number of interested parties and has determined, through these discussions, that there are many steps that must be taken prior to any decisions and that consideration must be given to the environment, the community and to the quality of life of the residents of Pemberton and the surrounding area. Public consultation will be part of the process.

"This Council is aware of the importance of the 2010 Olympics to the Sea to Sky Corridor and intends to move cautiously forward in order to be able to make an informed decision that will ensure that the development of the airport is sustainable for the future."

After Tuesday’s council meeting Pemberton Mayor Elinor Warner said the press release was meant to show that the council was not going to be pressured into anything.

This is the same thing she has been saying for six months.

Warner and several other councillors then indicated that there was lot of planning and research going on behind the scenes.

More news on who will be consulted and which companies will be doing what and when at the airport is expected after Sept. 17, which is when the council will hold further negotiations with Prime Air.

"There’s been a lot of press out there, and this is just to show that we’re not going to be rushed into any decision," said Warner.

While there was no major movements, councillors did pass a motion to apply for funding, which could result in $225,850 worth of upgrades at the airport.

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