Pitt Meadows council has appointed members to the new Airport Advisory Committee.
The new committee members are Ron Blakely, Tom Heise, Reg Moen, Jim Clements, Johanne Rensmaag, Peter Jongbloed, Twyla Rickman and Robert Meachen.
“Council was pleased to receive 17 applications, and a steering committee interviewed the interested applicants and shortlisted this group,” said Mayor John Becker.
“I look forward to having this committee in place to begin their work, as this is a key part of ensuring that the airport can bring benefits to Pitt Meadows in a strategic and thoughtful way.”
The membership of the committee is intended to reflect a variety of perspectives on the airport and its impact on the community. Four members were chosen for having knowledge or expertise in airspace matters, and four were chosen from the Pitt Meadows area whose views will reflect wider residential, property owner and business concerns.
Members are to be appointed for three year terms effective Jan. 1 each year. Every year, two members’ appointments will end on Dec. 31 to keep terms staggered.
The committee was formed under new terms of reference developed by the Airport Steering Committee last month. Working in partnership with the City of Maple Ridge, a new interim airport board of directors was appointed in January to transition to a new governance structure that has been established for airport society.
The interim board consists of Becker as interim Board Chair, and Couns. Bruce Bell and Mike Stark representing Pitt Meadows and Mayor Nicole Read and Couns. Bob Masse and Tyler Shymkiw representing Maple Ridge.
Once the permanent airport board is appointed, there will be a total of 11 directors. Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge Councils will each appoint four directors and the final three positions will be filled with the consultation of the eight city appointees.
The interim board will be meeting within the next few weeks and a permanent board is expected to be in place by the end of April.