June 14, 2011



PRESENT:      Senesac, Siemer, Hallett, Janson, Pollack


EXCUSED:    None


OTHERS:       JT Rairigh


REPORTED BY:  Brian McManus, Airport Manager                                             


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


The minutes of the regular March 22, 2011 were received and reviewed.  It was moved by Siemer and supported by Hallett “to approve and file the minutes of the March 22, 2011 meeting.”   Approved (5/0).   


The Monthly Manager’s Report Summary for March, April, and May was presented and reviewed by J.T. Rairigh.  The weather has not been the most favorable for flying. We have had a wet spring and late snow fall. It has also been windy. However, fuels sales have been up despite high fuel costs at the pump. Our price is $4.99 per gallon currently. Only one airport in the area is less. Commission discussed shipping cost as it relates to fuel price. JT reminded everyone of the upcoming fly-in and pancake breakfast on June 25. There was nothing unusual with regard to flying trips.


JT provided an Airport Maintenance Status report to the commission. He reported that mowing has been tough due to the wet weather. JT is building a new snow blade for the tractor and plans to have it ready before the snow flies. 


Commission discussed the airport maintenance budget briefly.





Aerial Zoning Status Report


Ray Senesac reviewed the aerial zoning process. The zoning board was established in the 1970’s to regulate the height of building near airports for Saginaw, Bay and Midland. The board sat idle for a while but has been reestablished.  The zoning board of appeals has been idle for a very long time and we are in the process or reestablishing it. Any petitions against the height ordinance from a developer must be acted on within 90 days.  


There have been two meeting of the newly reestablished board and they have decided to keep the process as one board. They still need to reestablish the new ZBA and are expected to before the summer is over. The ordinance governs height and to some extent land use. Local limitations cannot be less restrictive.





SRE Building
McManus updated the commission on the Snow Removal Equipment Building (SRE) project schedule. We are still waiting for the state to transfer block grant money.  We desire to have the project built later this summer. The funding is $318,000 for an approximate 60’ x 60’ building.  Brian will be meeting with the consultant later this week.


Commission discussed the project in detail including the consultant’s tasks. The commission still feels that the price is very high.


Capital Planning Subcommittee


Rich Siemer discussed our capital planning process and the follow up from the April subcommittee meeting. The committee reviewed and potential new projects and concluded that the capital plan as determined last year can stay as is. One new project yet to be compared is the potential corporate hangar or an all purpose hangar in the future. Our process outlines a vision to have Barstow become a premier GA airport.  Rich reviewed the projects anticipated over the next several years.


Rich explained that our yearly grant is $150,000 as things stand now.  In addition the City and State contribute 2.5% each.


Pavement Management Report


Brian reviewed the airport pavement management report received in January.  The report indicates that Barstow in general has very nice pavements. On the other hand it is clear that the terminal apron needs repair and it will become necessary to fix it within the next few years.


Commission briefly discussed the report findings.  






Meeting was adjourned at 6:05 p.m.