January 3, 2012



PRESENT:      Senesac, Siemer, Hallett, Pollack


EXCUSED:    Janson


OTHERS:       Jeff Nagle, Bernie Coffell, Ryan Riesinger, Dave Heying, Linn Smith


REPORTED BY:  Brian McManus, Airport Manager                                             


Commissioner Pollack called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. 


The minutes of the regular December 6, 2011meeting were received and reviewed.  It was moved by Siemer and supported by Hallett “to approve and file the minutes of the December 6, 2011 meeting.”   Approved (4/0).   


The Monthly Manager’s Report Summary for December was presented and reviewed by JT Rairigh. Activity and weather were similar this past quarter. Takeoffs and landings were up slightly. Fuel sales by volume were up as well even due to higher prices at the pump.


JT reported that a gas line inspection company is renting a hangar at Barstow Airport to house three helicopters.  This work has raised some revenue for the airport in terms of fuel sales and hangar rent.








Aerial Zoning Status Report


Lin Smith of the Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics, Jeff Nagle, Ryan Riesinger, and Bernie Coffell of MBS airport attended the meeting to discuss the aerial zoning ordinance. Linn Smith reviews applications for the Michigan Tall Structures Act and enforces its provisions.


Linn gave a detailed presentation of the zoning ordinance process and the commission participated in question and answer. Soon there will be an upcoming public hearing on the ordinance held by MBS airport.



We have a good ordinance now that is enforceable. The standards and maps are beginning to become outdated. One of the reasons for the current update is to bring community’s height and land use plans up to current standards as things have changed in the last 40 years.


The local airports will remain protected to high standards under the ordinance update.  The large 150 foot zone between Barstow and MBS will be less restrictive but will still be to FAA high level standards.






Meeting was adjourned at 4:59 p.m.