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Project Runway receives municipal support

By Celina Ip

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The Pembroke and Area Airport is located in the Town of Petawawa. It is financed through a partnership of six municipalities.

SEAN CHASE/DAILY OBSERVER The Pembroke and Area Airport is located in the Town of Petawawa. It is financed through a partnership of six municipalities.

Three local municipalities have jumped on board with Project Runway.

 

On Oct. 4, the Pembroke & 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, one 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 suite 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.”

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