MINUTES OF THE BARSTOWAIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING
PRESENT: Dunn, Taylor, Pollack, Janson
OTHERS:Approximately 20-30 in attendance
Commissioner Pollack called the meeting to order at
and welcomed Jim Janson to the Commission.
The minutes of the regular December 7, 2004 meeting was received and reviewed.It was moved by Dunn and supported by Taylor“to approve and file the minutes of the December 7, 2004.”Approved (4/0).
The Quarterly Manager’s Report Summaries for December
2004 through February 2005 was presented and reviewed. The Monthly Manager’s Report Summary from March
2004 through February 2005 was provided in the Commission packets.There were 67 good flying days and 23 poor
flying days from December 2004 through February 2005.Movements were slightly up from a year ago in
this quarterly time period.A breakdown
of the report was provided by Maki.Janson
asked whether the business numbers were for actual businesses. Bile indicated
that they were.It was moved by Dunn and
supported by Taylor “to accept the Manager’s Activity Report.” Approved (4/0).
1.Janson had questions about airport
operations.A response letter from the
Airport Manager in this regard is forthcoming.
Jim Branson, City Attorney provided brief description of the
current airport rules and the potential changes for consideration.Airport Rules were last updated in 1997
and it is time to update again.Jim
indicated that the current document was not meant to be rubber stamped,
and the City Attorney must be able to enforce it.It was made clear through discussion
that this document is one that we wish to make sure all affected parties can
live with it.There was much
discussion about how to proceed with review and obtaining public
Pollack asked about timing
for completing review.Branson indicated
approximately one week.Pollack asked
when copies would be made available.McManus indicated it would take approximately 2 weeks for final
draft.Pollack asked where the copies
would be made available.McManus
indicated that they would be mailed to pilots.Branson added that there are a number of ways to receive the information
such as the Library, or other electronic methods.Janson indicated that he has some problems
with portions of the rules that he would like public involvement on.
Janson indicated that some
Hangars are taxed as commercial property.McManus indicated that this should be for personal property, but there
may be other reasons.The request was
made to have this reviewed by the City Attorney.Janson indicated that he would like to see
detailed maps showing zoning at the airport.McManus indicated that we have them in our Airport Land Use Plan (ALP).
After much discussion about
the set-up of sub-committee meetings and public involvement, it was decided to
have a weeknight meeting in early April to begin at at the earliest, then
possibly another meeting before the next Commission meeting in May.Pollack also suggested that the EAA have a
meeting to discuss this.
TerminalBuilding Dedication:McManus indicated that the new terminal
building should be operational in late April to early May and that the
façade is not complete.Looking for
late May to have most work completed.McManus indicated that Bergstein would like a dedication in August,
so make sure all contributors to this project are available.The City plans to assist with the P.R.
for this event.The EAA volunteered
to be involved.A 4-5 person
dedication committee will get together on this and report to the
Commission.Pollack asked whether
this event could be tied to another event.McManus indicated that this is being considered.The dedication committee was suggested
by Taylor to be comprised of the EAA, Airport Manager,
City P.R. person, and a committee member.
provided background of the community roundtable sessions held earlier this
year.Some of the main notes
were:1. Can the City reduce
subsidy to the Airport, which is approximately $100,000/yr?2. The net cost to the City is $110,000.3. What can the City do to reduce
costs?4. 5. Costs were reduced by
hiring a contractor to oversee the operations of the airport. 6. Place
more hangars (all are leased…there is a waiting list….lease land on
Sturgeon?....17 acres have been leased to fairgrounds.
McManus provided a brief synopsis of the final report regarding
the roundtable sessions.
Janson provided a written document he had written indicating the need to
create a committee to evaluate the performance of the Airport as they compare
with other airports with the idea of identifying opportunities for
improvements. There was some discussion
by Dunn and Taylor as to what the committee would actually do.Taylor indicated that forming committees is not
necessarily the best way to go, but it may be ok just for finding things and
promoting purposes.Taylor also indicated that he would like to see
what the Airport Manager’s report to City Council is going to be first.Janson asked what Council would be looking
for.McManus indicated that they would
be looking for a comprehensive report, that Council made the decision to
operate the airport, and we will get some feedback from Council on this.
Some clarification was provided by
the audience regarding the document provided by Janson.Jim Reike indicated he was looking for
continuity and consistency from the City Attorney.He does not believe the airport is divided,
but that we all need to get on the bandwagon to protect this valuable asset to
the City.He indicated that the
evaluation of the rules is an opportunity for problems to be addressed and many
do not know how the rules should be interpreted.Taylor indicated that he thought these issues are
being addressed, and is what was being discussed at this meeting.
Pollack indicated he would like to
see some informational committee formed to check operational performance.
Janson added that he wondered why this airport is not operating as well as
others.Janson indicated that he would
not make a motion until after the rules sessions are completed and reported on
in May.Janson also indicated that he
was concerned that the image of the airport was not improved based on the
results of the roundtable sessions.Dunn
added that getting an understanding of how we have compared to other airports