September 13, 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 June 14, 2011 were received and reviewed.  It was moved by Janson and supported by Siemer “to approve and file the minutes of the June 14, 2011 meeting.”   Approved (5/0).   


The Monthly Manager’s Report Summary for June, July, and August was presented and reviewed by Brian McManus. Activity and weather were similar this past quarter to this same quarter last year.


Fuel sales are down slightly at about 5% for this past quarter compared to last year, yet fuel prices are up 27%, more than $1 per gallon higher. High fuel prices have a dampening effect on general aviation, so the fact that we are still getting a lot of traffic coming in for fuel, and our total sales in gallons was almost as much as last year, indicates that Midland Barstow is a favorite destination.


Also, fuel sales are up 62% compared to the same period two years ago.


Brian McManus provided an Airport Maintenance Status report to the commission. JT has been implementing some crack sealing around the airport pavements. He has completed the snow plow blade modifications. The mowing has gone well this year. 





Aerial Zoning Status Report


No report.  MBS will set up a meeting in the near future, probably in late October.








MAP Meeting


The annual Michigan Airport Programming (MAP) meeting will be held on September 28.  Commissioners are welcome to attend.

SRE Building Planning
Gary Siegfried from Mead and Hunt was present at the meeting to discuss the SRE building planning process. He provided a detailed report and answered a lot of questions posed by the commission. Gary indicated that the slow flow of federal money has slowed the building process. Gary indicated that the project will likely be bid out this winter and constructed in the spring, so we should not plan on it for this season. Field survey will begin soon.

2012 Meeting Dates


The commission agreed to the following meeting dates:


·         January 3, 2012

·         March 20, 2012

·         June 5, 2012

·         September 11, 2012

·         November 6, 2012

·         December 4, 2012


Hangar Site Planning


Jack Hallett desires to review the hangar standards and spacing between hangar criteria. The commission had an extensive discussion of hangar planning and layout.  The firewall issue is making is cost prohibitive for pilots to build new hangars. A subcommittee of Matt Rich and Jack will address this. Also, they will look at existing hangar actual usage in terms of what should be allowed in hangars and how much. They need to be primarily for aircraft usage.




Dot Hornsby thanked the commission for support of the pancake breakfast held in September. They will likely reduce it to two events next year instead of three due to lack of manpower. 425 people and 43 airplanes attended the last event.


Tom Lind spoke and indicated that the Fire Marshall and City Building inspectors are well aware of the fire wall standards and should be brought into discussion on the issue.


Meeting was adjourned at 6:05 p.m.