August 6, 2003



PRESENT:       Bergstein, Lind, Pollack, and Taylor


EXCUSED:      Smith


OTHERS:        Steve Bile, Jim Rieke, John Palen


REPORTED BY:  Bradd Maki                                   


Commissioner Pollack called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.


The minutes of the regular June 4 meeting was received and reviewed.  It was moved by Taylor and supported by Bergstein “to approve and file the minutes of the June 2003 meeting”.  Approved (4/0).


The Monthly Manager’s Report Summary for June 2003 and July 2003 was presented and reviewed. There were 24 good flying days and 6 poor flying days in June.  There were 28 good flying days and 3 poor flying days in July.  Movements on 18/36 were up 40% in July 2003.  It was moved by Taylor and supported by Lind “to accept the Manager’s Report.” Approved (4/0). 




General:  Motion from Taylor to assign a 7/30/03 letter from Don Diebert to the Terminal Building Subcommittee for review and discuss at the next meeting.  Bergstein Second.  Approved (4/0).  Bergstein received a donation check of $200.00 from Strykers Lakeside Marina.  Airport Manager to hold and follow standard process for accepting gifts. 


Taxi street repairs Mr. Rieke had pointed out during the last meeting was discussed.  McManus indicated that he had spoken with the Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics about funding.  The project could be possible if funding is made available using the next grant.  Spring 2004 is the earliest time that this could be completed.  McManus indicated that the taxi street would need to be closed down if determined unsafe and planes would likely have to be redirected.


1.      Terminal Building Subcommittee – Bergstein reported that funding is going well.      

2.      Land Release – McManus reported that the appraisal situation has not changed since the previous meeting, and Larry Marshall is working on completing the lease rates.  Taylor mentioned that this information should be provided by the following meeting.

3.      Construction Projects Update – Lind would like a revised 5-year plan sheet.  Bergstein added that he would like to see a list of projects.  Lind added that he would like the list revised to show current and old budgets also.  Taylor explained that the City also has funding.  McManus added that the City has a cost share using the City General Fund.  It was pointed out by Lind that funding may be drying-up and securing funds may be difficult.  McManus to summarize accounting to accurately reflect what was done the last five years and what is forecasted.  It was pointed out that the agenda for the next meeting is to prioritize future projects.  McManus and Lind explained to Bergstein that Mead and Hunt is an engineering firm.  Lind feels that Mead and Hunt do not well represent the City of Midland and that they should keep us up to date on what was and was not completed.  McManus indicated that Mead and Hunt looks into certain areas and has done adequate work in the past.  Taylor added that Mead and Hunt need to represent us for technical issues and are not lobbyists for Barstow Airport.  Lind indicated that priorities need to be challenged and that there is a need to be strategic to be competitive with nearby airports.  McManus reiterated that a summary will be provided showing what projects were completed versus what have been proposed. 




  1. 2004 MAP Meeting – Suggestion was made for all to attend the meeting.  Bergstein brought-up discussion regarding maintenance issues at hangars.  Pollack added that maintenance guidelines are subjective and should be looked at.  It was suggested that McManus review City Building Department Ordinance on maintenance.  McManus to provide map of hangars to Bergstein.  Bergstein to walk through hangar areas and provide maintenance suggestions.  A future option was discussed to look at guidelines of other airports.




Jim Reike indicated that the SMALL Rally was successful.  Operations were smooth and Jim showed appreciation to McManus for supplying cones and tables.  The next event may occur in 5 years.  Bile indicated that Coyotes have been present in the area.  Pollack asked if limited hunt program was still in effect.  McManus will ask Marty McGuire of the City DPS in this regard. 


It was moved by Lind and supported by Bergstein to adjourn at 5:50 p.m.

Approved 4/0.