Reader questions decision to erect fence at airport

By on March 6, 2018

Dear Editor:

Don’t fence me in!

Whose bright idea was it to spend $60,000 from some program to erect a tall wire mesh fence around the airport? Is this the greatest priority? My first unfiltered thought, given the general cynicism of the age, was: “Whose brother-in-law is in the fencing business?”

Why has this been done with so little public information? Whose idea was it? What’s the great urgency in erecting a tall one km chain-link fence surrounding the town tarmac? For an airport that seems to welcome a small aircraft once a month, was a fence the best use of scarce funds? This after a decade or two of neglect? I could find no fencing requirement for wildlife control in Transport Canada’s regulations.

Given the infrequency of flights, have there been any incidents involving humans or animals causing havoc on the tarmac? Would it not have been wiser to spend some money painting new lines on the tarmac, sinking some anchors for visiting planes or scraping off the thick rubber mess left by the dragsters, who have shown little interest in cleaning up after themselves?

Surely repainting the tarmac and removing the slick residue of smokin’ tires would improve airplane safety more than keeping out the town’s nocturnal animals and outdoor enthusiasts. My advice would be to halt the installation of the remaining rolls of wire mesh, so as to maintain the status quo for our residents to enjoy the beauty of the town’s airport milieu.

Putting up a fence will just reroute the animals who wander down from the mountains, creating new opportunities for human/animal collisions. We are a small town, hemmed in by mountains and a lake. I’ve seen model airplane hobbyists, dog-walkers, runners, cyclists, hikers, and couples lost in intense conversations, all walking along the side of the pavement. Take away the tarmac and you’re not making the airport any safer, but fencing in our backyard, stealing some of the joy that is on tap in our little semi-perfect town. Let’s not adopt too many unnecessary big city habits and thereby slowly, quietly, lose much of our small town charm.

David Yanor,

Osoyoos, B.C.


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