General News · 1st June 2014
The Whaletown Commons Society (WCS) was pleased to participate in an excellent meeting regarding the location of the new Helipad in Whaletown, with Cortes Fire Fighters Association, Ken Glaze (helipad siting and safety expert from Helijet International), Dan our Fire Chief, local BC Ambulance personnel, stakeholders and friends on Wednesday May 28th.
The WCS had invited Ken Glaze to come back to Cortes for a further site visit as there was some confusion regarding the proposed plan, to cut timber adjacent to the road at the very entrance of the Whaletown Commons, to accommodate the takeoff and landing of helicopters.
With the help of Ken, we identified a preferable area that could be the “runway” for the helicopters, to the North of the Firehall, away from the road. While this new area to be cut, is still future Park land, it is in an area where the trees are marginal and were recently cut in 1997. With this more hidden approach, there will less visual blight from the road, less helicopter obstructions, and the potential for multi-use of the flatter Park terrain to the north, as a potential open field for picnics and playing.
We are very happy to share with you, that all who were present were in agreement regarding this approach and this will enable the Whaletown Helipad site to be both a day and night time landing location. It was a positive community experience with heated discussion, expression of opinions, sharing of ideas and ultimately agreement. We would like to offer our thanks to Ken Glaze, who is an exceptional asset to Helijet, with his common sense approach, community magnetism, humour and expertise.
Applause goes to Ben Fulton and Dave Robertson for representing the needs of the entirety of the Cortes Community so well in their role as board members of the Fire Fighters Association and to the other board members for their willingness to facilitate and attend the meeting. Thanks to all who came out to the meeting, as it is through our interest and commitment in our community that we create the future we want here on Cortes Island.
Stay tuned for another article on the Whaletown Commons Purchase - thank you for your interest and support!
Whaletown Commons Society Board of Directors