MINUTES OF THE BARSTOW AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING
PRESENT: Woodruff, Janson, Bergstein, Siemer, Pollack
OTHERS: J.T. Raraigh, Jim Reike, Dot Hornsby, John Palen, Tony Lascari, several others in attendance.
REPORTED BY: Bradd Maki
Commissioner Pollack called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
The minutes of the regular June 6, 2006 meeting was received and reviewed. It was moved by Janson and supported by Woodruff “to approve and file the minutes of the June 6, 2006.” Approved (5/0).
The Monthly Manager’s Report Summaries for June, July, and August of 2006 were presented and reviewed. Comparisons were made with the same time period the previous year. Pertinent information was provided in the Commission packets and at meeting time. There were 78 good flying days and 14 poor flying days for June-August 2006. Movements were down from a year ago during the same time period primarily due to high fuel costs and training declines since the airport currently has no flight school operations. Fuel sales were also below the numbers from a year ago. However, the fuel purchases per flight have increased significantly. We are competitive with area fuel sales. It was moved by Woodruff and supported by Janson “to accept the Monthly Manager’s Report Summary for June, July, and August 2006.” Approved (5/0).
1. Airport Promotion Committee Status Report: Janson indicated they were looking at attracting young people to the airport, such as picnic tables and a playground. Another idea is to promote newly reconstructed Runway 18-36 by having a weekend day to have a gathering to walk the runway and offer plane rides. There are seven members to the committee. Janson read an article supporting the use of local airports. Bergstein suggested that the airport have an Air-day. Having an aviation day has been discussed but is not currently on the schedule. An air-day will not be like the large air shows if they are used here. Siemer asked how coordination efforts are going with the EAA for events such as the pancake breakfast. Janson indicated that Linda Langrill is organizing the inclusion of an old car display. Event times and related details were discussed. The Balloon Fest will also be held the same weekend.
2. Status of Runway 18/36 Project: Maki reported current status of the project. Work comprised of reconstruction of runway and parallel taxiway, medium intensity (runway lighting) and reflectors on the taxiway. Project went well. Photos were provided to show final operations. Woodruff added that the airport was shut down (both runways) for a shorter period than planned, which created minimal impacts to those flying.
3. Airport Rules Status Report: McManus indicated that meetings were held with Raraigh, Maki, with some input from Commissioners Pollack and Janson. Focus was on commercial rules. Some drafts were set-up for the City Attorney to look at. A special meeting should be scheduled for the beginning of October. Pollack added that this could ease-up funding needs for flight school operations without compromising safety. The remainder of the commercial rules should not be changed much. Some discussion ensued regarding setting a date and time. Tentative schedule is October 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the EAA building, depending on whether the building can be made available.
Impacts of Cell Phone Towers: McManus provided a breakdown of aerial zoning
standards relating to the request for Verizon wireless to implement an aerial
tower near the airport. There are four
standards that need to be met, which are the Tri-City Area Joint Airport Zoning
Ordinance (MBS), the Tall Structures Act (MDOT), the FAA, and City
Ordinance. City Ordinance indicates a
maximum height of 120 feet. The City
Zoning Board of Appeals approved a height increase to 150 feet. The FAA determined that 150 feet is ok, but
ensued related to future approach standards, such as precision approaches. Janson indicated that
The City has been looking to the FAA for setting requirements, but the need for local standards is needed. The amount of consulting needs to be determined. Woodruff indicates there is a standard for departures for the FAA to review. Woodruff added that information could be brought to a meeting to make a formal proposal. McManus indicated that the 1970 ordinance served us well, but need to be reviewed again to accommodate higher towers.
3. 2007 Meeting Schedule: The 2007 Meeting Schedule is similar to last year. Janson moved and Woodruff seconded the motion to “accept the 2007 Meeting Schedule.” Approved (5/0).
Dot Hornsby (visitor), wondered how many visitors are former Midland flyers or trainees. Also, other airports have promoted their airports by allowing folks to walk the new runways. She indicated this is good PR. An invitation was extended for the pancake breakfast on September 17th. Some classic cars/motorcycles and children activities (some campers and the Dow High Key Club) will be on hand. As a separate item, the payphone at the terminal building needs a long cord so a place to write can be accessed.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.