City council has agreed to pay a property owner next to the Brantford Municipal Airport $24,500 for the right to trim his trees.
The trees on Robin Kirby’s property at 101 Robinson Rd. have been interfering with safe use of one of the airport’s runways.
The agreement with Kirby, approved by city council on Tuesday in open session after a brief in-camera meeting, gives the city an easement over a section of Kirby’s property, which will allow the city to manage the trees.
Night landings on a runway have been restricted since the summer because of the trees and some flights have been diverted to other airports due to the issue.
Recreational, business, educational and emergency flights have all been affected.
The poplar trees have been on the airport board’s radar since at least July 2011, but an agreement with the homeowner was held up several times in negotiations.
Work to trim the trees will begin immediately to minimize the number of flights that may still be affected.