Nova Scotia town OK's sale of airport

The town of Trenton approved the sale of its airport to Sobers on Tuesday, despite protests from some residents.

The town of Trenton approved the sale of its airport to Sobeys on Tuesday, despite protests from some residents.

About 80 people crowded into a room at the local rink for council's vote on the sale of the airport owned by the town since 1950.

Municipal officials said the town of about 2,700 could no longer afford to maintain the airport and its facilities, andbegan the search for a buyer. Grocery chain Sobeys, the airport's principal user, was the only bidder.

At Tuesday night's meeting, some residents spoke out in support of council's unanimous decision, while others said they fear Sobeys will not allow the public to use the airport.

Ken Logan accused town officials of cutting a backroom deal with Sobeys in a rush to sell the airport.

Joseph Landry, 83, was escorted out of the meeting when he called for a plebiscite on the issue.

Mayor Shannon MacInnis is not surprised the debate became emotional.

"It's an airport that's been in this town for many years [and] I know a lot of people are very attached to it," MacInnis told CBC News after the meeting.

But those people likely don't use the airport, he added, and the taxes Sobeys pays will improve the town.

Council will now focus on setting a final sale price. It'sexpected to be around $1.2 million, Sobeys' bid.