September 14, 2010



PRESENT:      Senesac, Siemer, Hallett, Pollack, Janson,


EXCUSED:    None 


OTHERS:       JT Rairigh, Dot Hornsby


REPORTED BY:  Brian McManus, Airport Manager                                             


Commissioner Pollack called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. 


The minutes of the regular June 1, 2010 meeting were received and reviewed.  The minutes were moved by Janson and supported by Siemer “to approve and file the minutes of the June 1, 2010 meeting.”   Approved (5/0).   


The Monthly Manager’s Report Summary for May through August was presented and reviewed by J.T. Rairigh.  Aircraft movements were down slightly. Training flights appear to be down as well but the numbers are a little deceiving as many of the flights are in the evening, after hours. We are encouraged by the high numbers of young students interested in aviation.


Fuel sales are up 70% over a year ago. The new tanks are working as planned, and are helping us be very competitive. City profits are up as well. 


JT distributed a list of positive unsolicited comments received over the past several months from transient pilots. Most comments mention the positive atmosphere and friendly staff at Barstow Airport.


JT provided an Airport Maintenance Status report to the commission. He reported that the equipment is all working well which has helped keep the mowing on track this past summer. Spraying was completed for the white grubs (Japanese Beetle Larvae) that chew up the grass roots causing the grass to die and also bring in unwanted birds and other animals near the runway.


We are looking at trying to fix the roof of the T hangar 11-A.



It was moved by Janson and supported by Hallett “to accept the Monthly Manager’s Report Summary.”   Approved (5/0)  






Aerial Zoning Status Report


Ray Senesac provided a detailed synopsis of the first meeting of the Tri-City Joint Aerial Zoning Committee. The first meeting was a level setting and fact finding meeting to decide “where do we go from here”.   


Jeff Nagle of MBS ran the meeting. Mr. Nagel explained how the ordinance was created.  The original ordinance was based on the Michigan Airport Zoning Act of 1950.  The Tri-City Area Zoning Ordinance was adopted in 1970, and established height restrictions within 15 miles of Tri-City Airport (now MBS Airport) and within 10 miles of Jack Barstow, James Clements and Harry Browne Airports. The committee is made up of 11 members that include:




The Zoning Board selects a 5 person Board of Appeals.  Members of the Joint Zoning Board cannot be on the Board of Appeals.  State Law requires the Board of Appeals to hear an appeal within 90 days.  It was mentioned that members of the last recorded Board of Appeals included airport managers from Barstow, Clements, and Browne airports.


The Bureau of Aeronautics representative, Lynn Smith, indicated that the first order of business at the next meeting should be to re-establish the Airport Zoning Board of Appeals.


There are three standards for height zoning (Federal, State, and Local) that must all interact appropriately.


Senesac reviewed a few options for the aerial zoning committee future structure. It could remain as is (under the umbrella of MBS) or individual counties could break away on their own. Ray discussed the positives and negatives of the options.


The next meeting has not yet been set.












MAP Meeting
McManus distributed the notice for the upcoming MAP meeting on October 28 in Lansing.  All commissioners indicated that they would like to attend.


Capital Planning Subcommittee


Senesac reported on a recent meeting held by the committee.  He discussed the guidelines developed to help prioritize projects in the future.


The next committee function is to try to predict the future hangar demand at our airport.


2011 Meeting Dates


It was moved by Hallett and supported by Janson that the following dates be used for 2011 meetings. Approved 5/0.


·         January 4, 2011

·         March 22, 2011

·         June 7, 2011

·         September 13, 2011

·         November 1, 2011

·         December 6, 2011


November Meeting Location Change


The November meeting will be held at Barstow Airport due to a conflict with Election Day.





 Dot Hornsby spoke about various items. The EAA has been very active with three successful pancake breakfasts. Summer camp was very successful again this year. They have funded scholarships and trips to Oshkosh for a few students.


Dot handed out picture plaques to Ray Senesac and Jack Hallett for their participation in the flyover to Oshkosh.


Meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.