(In response to Geoffrey E. Clark's letter)
Thank you for your letter of Aug. 25. We are pleased that you found our airport at Greenfield useful. Council has not yet decided on the future of the airport and in fact we still have a line item albeit small in our budget for its maintenance.
Since it was built in the 1970's there has been a steady decline in the business traffic there to the point that now there is virtually none. This is despite the fact we have several major corporations within its draw area. The fact that it is not staffed nor lit at night is because the business traffic kept diminishing until it was just being used by recreational flyers and for personal pleasure.
In these times Council could not justify asking the taxpayers to provide what was quite an expensive service for private individuals. You are certainly correct that we are working hard with the Government of Nova Scotia to find tenants for the former paper mill site though it is more probable that there will be several smaller manufacturers rather than a single corporate giant.
These smaller businesses are even less likely to require the proximity of a municipal airport.
Thank you for your interest and please continue to come to visit us.
Mayor, Region of Queens