January 9, 2007



PRESENT:       Janson, Pollack, Woodruff


EXCUSED:      Siemer, Bergstein 


OTHERS:        J.T. Rairigh, Janine Rairigh, John Palen, Tony Lascari,


REPORTED BY:  Brian McManus                                          


Commissioner Pollack called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. 


The minutes of the regular November 21, 2006 were received and reviewed.  It was moved by Janson and supported by Siemer “to approve and file the minutes as amended of the November 21, 2006 meeting.”   Approved (3/0).   


The Monthly Manager’s Report Summaries for November and December 2006 were presented and reviewed.  Comparisons were made with the same time period the previous year.  Pertinent information was provided at the meeting time.  There were 58 good flying days and 31 poor flying days for October-December October 2006.  Movements were down from a year ago during the same time period primarily due to training declines since the airport currently has no flight school operations.  Fuel sales were higher than the numbers from a year ago. It was moved by Woodruff and supported by Janson “to accept the Monthly Manager’s Report Summary.”   Approved (3/0).


The Airport Maintenance Status Report was provided by J.T. Rairigh.  Rairigh indicated that he is modifying the snow plow blade on the truck for efficiency. J.T. is spearheading a flight school that will be starting in the near future. They have bought a plane that will be undergoing a few modifications. JT indicated that he would follow up on the advertising for the flight school keeping in compliance with city requirements for signs and banners.





1.      Michigan Airborne Days – Janson reported that the Fairgrounds gave approval to use their leased property along Airport Road for parking for Airborne Days on August 4. City Council authorized the event at their December 4 meeting.








1.      Helicopter Landings. Commissioners received another look at the helicopter ordinance after it had been referred back to staff by City Council in order to come up with review criteria for the landings. The commission feels that landings should be allowed on all public lands (Public Schools and Parks etc.). Further the commission feels that the review criteria should be not be excessively detailed. It is not the business of City Council to enforce FAA regulations. It is also not likely the council’s desire to become involved with the regulatory aspect of helicopter landings. This is a highly technical area. We could omit things and become liable for our own regulations.  Woodruff moved that the review criteria should be kept simple and contains the following.

a.       Written proposal stating reasons for the landing on public property.

b.      Statement from the pilot or his designee that they will meet all federal and state regulations for the safe operation of intended helicopter landing.

c.       Landing should be coordinated with the police department. Consider charging for police coordination.


            Janson supported and the motion passed 3/0.


2.      JT displayed an updated hangar layout plan for future hangar construction. It is preliminary but very well done. Jim Cordes has helped immensely with the plan. Commissioner Woodruff expressed his gratitude towards the fine work done in the preliminary plan.  JT will update it based on comments made and bring an update to the next meeting.  The plan needs to show the drain right of way and consider sights for some smaller hangars. Also, JT will evaluate rotating the proposed T- Hangars in other directions. Scanned  attachments included below.







Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Next meeting March 13, 2007