MINUTES OF THE BARSTOW AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING
December 1, 2009
PRESENT: Hallett, Janson, Pollack, Siemer, Senesac
OTHERS: JT Rairigh, Dot Hornsby, Tom Ryden, John Palen
REPORTED BY: Bradd Maki
Commissioner Pollack called the meeting to order at 5:02 p.m.
The minutes of the regular September 2, 2009 meeting was received and reviewed. The minutes were moved by Janson and supported by Siemer “to approve and file the minutes of the September 2, 2009 meeting.” Approved (5/0).
The Monthly Manager’s Report Summary for August through October 2009 was presented and reviewed by J.T. Rairigh. There were 65 good flying days and 27 poor flying days for this period, which is 9 less days of good weather as compared to the same period last year. Aircraft movements were slightly lower as compared to last year primarily due to an decrease in business and pleasure flights. Training more than double when compared to the same period last year. Total gallons of fuel were down from the previous year, which is likely due to less business and pleasure fuel purchased. Rainfall was the same as the previous year. Fuel prices are currently $3.75/gal for 100LL and $3.99 for Jet A. It was moved by Janson and supported by Hallett “to accept the Monthly Manager’s Report Summary.” Approved (5/0)
The Airport Maintenance Status Report was provided by J.T. Rairigh. Activity on the airport involved the new fuel tank installation project, which is discussed under Old Business.
Project Updates – Maki provided updates of the snow removal equipment (SRE) and new fuel tank projects. Most of the SRE equipment has arrived for the vendor to test. The snow blower and plow blade have yet to arrive. After final equipment arrives and product testing is complete, the equipment will be shipped. Anticipated delivery date is mid-December. The new fuel tank has been installed. Anticipated concrete surface and related restoration is scheduled to be completed early December. Photographs of the tank installation were provided.
Aerial Zoning – McManus briefly described how airport zoning is needed for safety and security of the airport by establishing area structural height requirements. He added that any applications for towers within the influence of the airport would currently go through MBS airport as the enforcing agent and responding agent to the State for approval. The State would like the ordinance to be updated. A visual map was provided showing current airport zoning in the area. McManus introduced Ryan Riesinger and Jeff Nagel of MBS airport to discuss current zoning ordinances, duties of the appointed Tri-County Zoning (TCZ) Board that administers the ordinances, and the plan of action to adopt an approach protection plan for Barstow Airport.
The current joint aerial zoning ordinance was established in 1970 by an 11 member TCZ board comprised of three appointed members from each of Midland, Saginaw, and Bay County Commissions as well as one from the Tri-City Airport Commission and one from the Michigan Aeronautics Commission. The State recognizes the ordinance as the current required approach protection plan, which indicates minimum structural height requirements. The board has been inactive for a number of years. MBS is working with the related commissions to reappoint the board and review the current ordinance.
Once the board is in place, they have the option of keeping, amending, abolishing, or considering alternative options. If abolished, the local airports would be responsible for creating their own approach protection plan, which would involve this commission and city council. The process would realize the pros and cons, which would be measured on the current one set of rules and review process for all area airports or giving local airports the ability to set their own rules, provide their own submittals and maintain the ordinance. MBS has worked with the commissions to educate them before the board selections are appointed.
Other New Business - McManus commented that there was some discussion at the last meeting regarding revising the airport rules to accommodate through the fence operations and asked the commission whether they would like staff to move forward with this process. Some discussion ensued with regard to removal of Article II, Section 2 of the rules with regard to FBO. It was determined that a subcommittee was not required as Siemer, Hallett, and McManus agreed to work together to pursue necessary rules changes.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m.