MINUTES OF THE BARSTOW AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING

 

March 25, 2008

 

 

PRESENT:      Janson, Siemer, Pollack, Woodruff, Bergstein

 

EXCUSED:    None 

 

OTHERS:       J.T. Rairigh, Dot Hornsby, John Palen, Tom Ryden, 2 other females and one male, Airport Manager McManus was not present

 

REPORTED BY:  Bradd Maki                                            

  

Commissioner Pollack called the meeting to order at 4:58 p.m. 

 

The minutes of the regular January 8, 2008 meeting were received and reviewed.  It was moved by Janson and supported by Siemer “to approve and file the minutes of the January 8, 2008 meeting.”   Approved (5/0).   

 

The Airport Maintenance Status Report was provided by J.T. Rairigh before the Monthly Manager’s Report Summary.  Snow removal was larger than normal with February snow totals breaking previous records and the winter season to date had the third largest snow totals on record. 

 

The Monthly Manager’s Report Summary for December 2007 through February 2008 was presented and reviewed by J.T. Rairigh.  Comparisons were made with the same time period the previous year.  There were 55 good flying days and 36 poor flying days for this period.  Rairigh reported that total aircraft movements were high even though high snow totals occurred. Also, fuel sales decreased when compared to the same period last year.  This combination of data may be due to higher training.  Rairigh indicated fuel prices are still comparable to the surrounding area.  It was moved by Janson and supported by Siemer “to accept the Monthly Manager’s Report Summary.”   Approved (5/0)   

        

OLD BUSINESS

  

Promotion Committee Report – Janson indicated the observation area plan is under final review with financing being the main item to resolve.  Once established, the search for funding will begin.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.      Camp Trooper, 2nd Annual Airborne Days – Maki introduced Howard MaGee with the 82nd Airborne.  MaGee indicated the event will be July 19th and 20th this year and anticipates twice the number of visitors as last year.  Last year’s event was the first year, so much was learned and measures to improve the event will be taken.  They plan to request a convoy of 30-40 military vehicles to make their way to the airport and there are plans for a reenactment, many displays, and vendors.  Janson asked whether there would be a cost for admission.  MaGee affirmed there would be a cost and that it would be the same as last year.  Costs mainly cover displays and fuel, but any proceeds will go directly to veteran programs.  A motion by Bergstein to “approve the Annual Airborne Days, Camp Trooper event on an annual basis” was seconded by Seimer. (Approved 5/0). 

2.      Airport Zoning – Daryl Poprave, Deputy Director of the City Planning Department provided a presentation announcing a change in the City Zoning Ordinance as it pertains to permitting wireless communication facilities, or cell towers.  The ordinance revision will allow the Tri-City Zoning ordinance to have precedence regarding cell tower height issues.  Poprave outlined the Planning Commission and City Council meeting process for approval of this change in the ordinance and requested that any additional comments would be considered.  Janson wondered about having a City airport protection plan.  Maki indicated this was possible and could be considered at a future meeting however, the item of discussion ties a loose end in the current City Ordinance. 

3.      Project Updates - Maki provided an update of the AWOS system installation and the Fuel Tank project, both scheduled for 2008 installation.  Maki indicated the AWOS plan has not changed and is in the hands of the State currently.  The tentative schedule for installation is early to mid-August.  A kick-off meeting was heald with MDOT and the consulting engineer on March 21st.  General plan details and a tentative schedule was provided indicating the installation would occur in September/October, 2008. Separately, Woodruff requested information on the process of how our airport identifier was given.  Rairigh provided a general description of the process.

4.      Capital Planning – Maki provided a copy of the existing 5-year capital plan for the airport and indicated the commission would need to review it and provide comments and suggestions for the June meeting as the City will need to submit a revised plan to the State by July, 2008.

5.      FBO Status – Maki provided a general FBO status at the airport and indicated no-one is knocking at the door of the City to become an FBO at the airport.  He opened up discussion for commission input for addressing the need and/or attracting an FBO to the airport.  Siemer indicated questions need to be asked and answered such as whether there is a need for an FBO, attracting an FBO, and how one could be financed.  Bergstein suggested relaxing the FBO requirements as an option to allow more flexibility for freelance maintenance.  Janson indicated that the airport will not have an FBO if the rules are relaxed.  Bergstein suggested appointing a committee to provide input to the commission in this regard.  Seimer was supportive, suggested a three person committee and requested to be on the committee.  Woodruff indicated he would be on the committee and had concerns about financial viability and whether the FBO could also supply fuel.  Siemer indicated all needs must be put together.  Woodruff indicated that the responsibilities of the FBO and operations must be prioritized and as budget neutral as possible.  Tom Ryden volunteered to be a committee member.  Siemer motioned to “establish a fact-finding committee for feasibility of establishing and FBO and perhaps lumping into an over-service arrangement and to have the Airport Manager as the committee advisor.” which was seconded by Woodruff.  (Approved 5/0) 

 

Siemer was selected as chairperson of the committee. The committee would provide information and make suggestions to the commission regarding the need and accommodation of an FBO at the airport.  Pollack indicated some of the items to review were to outline of kind of factors and variables to be addressed, what is feasibility of an FBO, how to make an FBO work at this airport and whether we should consolidate with other area airports for an FBO.  Need support of the pilot community.

  

PUBLIC COMMENTS:  

Dot Hornsby indicated the Ford Tri-Motor, a classic passenger airliner of the 1930’s, which is going to be here August 18th – 20th, and rides will be provided for a fee.  Also, continuing MCTV video series relating to Barstow Airport.  Videos were completed on airport history, overview of the airport, an airport tour, and the present video is related to home builders.  Future video will be on Young Eagles pancake breakfast.  Showings are Monday at 9 p.m. and Wednesdays at 1 p.m.  Also, the next aviation camp for young people going into 9th -12th grade is scheduled for June 16th – 21st.  Pre-applications will be sent out in a couple weeks.

 

Meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m.