March 17, 2005




The meeting was held in the Airport Commission Board Room, 8600 Garfield Road, Freeland, Michigan 48623.  Chairman Eugene Gwizdala called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.  Roll was called by Debbie Meisel.





Present                       Absent & Excused        Staff                         Guests                     Other 

Cecil A. Collins           Patrick H. Beson          Jeff Nagel                Randy Morse           John Palen

Kenneth W. Distler                                         Ryan Riesinger         Lori Wagner            Jeremiah Stettler
Brian K. Elder                                                 A. T. Lippert                             

Eugene F. Gwizdala                                        Robert Peckham     

Hollis H. McKeag                                           Jim Peckham

Karl S. Tomion                                               Debbie Meisel

Wilmer Jones-Ham                                                                                                       



MINUTES:  Mr. Elder made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Commission Meeting held on February 17, 2005.  Ms. Jones-Ham seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved by the Board.


FEBRUARY 2005 WARRANT REGISTER AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARY:  Dr. Distler made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the February Payroll Account Check Numbers 81435-81490; February Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 35457-35518,void check number 35513; and the February Cash and Investment Summary.  Ms. Jones-Ham seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.




SURPLUS SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT:  Mr. Nagel stated that with the purchase of the two new plow trucks, there is no further need for the 1983 Mack truck equipped with 12-foot front plow, underbody scraper and sander.  The Commission can declare this vehicle as surplus, and the airport can get some value for it.  Mr. Nagel recommended that it be listed as a trade-in when the airport bids the de-icing unit and either trade it in at that time, or take bids to sell it outright, whichever provides the higher value.  Mr. Elder made a motion to declare the 1983 Mack plow truck as surplus airport property and authorize the manager to get the best value for the vehicle either through trade-in or direct sale.  Mr. Tomion seconded and the motion unanimously carried.

PRESENTATION OF 2004 AUDIT:  Mr. Nagel introduced Randy Morse and Lori Wagner from Andrews Hooper & Pavlik, P.L.C. to present the 2004 Audited Financial Statement for MBS International Airport.  Mr. Morse highlighted areas in the financial report explaining that GASB 34 went into effect resulting in the financial report looking differently than previous years.  Some of the expenses that increased were utilities, fuel, snow removal chemicals, and public relations.  Mr. Tomion made a motion to receive the 2004 Financial Audit with Ms. Jones-Ham seconding.  The motion unanimously passed.


APPROVAL OF CONSULTANT CONTRACTS:  Mr. Nagel said that the 2005 AIP grant pre-application has been filed with the F.A.A.  The next step is to approve the consultant contracts with Peckham Engineering to assist with the projects.  The contracts need to be approved by the Commission as well as by the State Bureau of Aeronautics.  Mr. Lippert has reviewed and approved the contracts for format.  Mr. Nagel said the Bureau of Aeronautics had notified him that they have reviewed items 2 thru 5. Item number one is in the hands of the transportation planner at the Bureau of Aeronautics and he should have approval from him within the week. 


The following contracts are included in this process:

1.      Terminal Area Study

2.      FIDS and Security System Design

3.      Airfield Pavement Marking Layout

4.      Runway De-Icing Vehicle Specification and Procurement

5.      Sanitary Sewer Analysis


Once bids are received for items #2, #3, #4 and #5, the final Grant Application can be processed through the FAA.


There will be amendments to the Peckham contracts to cover construction supervision for the FIDS/Security Project, Airfield Pavement Marking and possibly the Sanitary Sewer Project, depending on the outcome of the initial analysis.  There may also be an amendment to the Terminal Study if needed for any unforeseen circumstance.  Mr. Nagel stated that Bob and Jim Peckham were in attendance if there were any specific questions.


Dr. Distler stated that the Operations Committee and Mr. Lippert met and discussed the contracts.  Dr. Distler made a motion to approve the consultant contracts and authorization for the chairman to sign each contract.  Ms. Jones-Ham seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion.


SMALL COMMUNITY AIR SERVICE GRANT:  Mr. Nagel stated that the US Department of Transportation has once again offered air service grants through the Small Community Air Service Development Program.  MBS has applied for the grant twice in the past without yet being awarded a grant.  This program is a combination of local money and federal funds in an effort to improve air service at those communities where the DOT feels the grants can assist.  Mr. Nagel has been working with the Boyd Group, the airport’s air service consultant, to prepare a proposal to once again apply for a grant.


The proposal from the Boyd Group is written so that the grant application can focus on air service which compliments MBS’ existing service.  This could be accomplished with a new or existing carrier.  A few examples of new service which could potentially be recruited with grant funding are listed in the Boyd proposal.  The application will be written based on the interest level from the carriers as expressed to the Boyd Group.  Although the proposal lists a requirement for local funds, along with the federal dollars, no money needs to be committed at this time.  If the airport is successful in getting the grant, funding would need to be committed prior to project implementation.


Mr. Nagel stated that this program has been successful at various locations throughout the country, and MBS needs to take advantage of this opportunity.  Mr. Elder made a motion to authorize the Boyd Group to prepare a grant application under Small Community Air Service Development at a cost of $5,000.  Ms. Jones-Ham seconded.  Mr. Nagel stated that the grant would be between $400,000 and $500,00 with the community portion being about $70,000.  That amount could be used out of the marketing budget if the grant was issued in 2005.  These dollars provide funding to recruit the service, market the service, and initiate the service at a minimum outlay of funds.  After discussion, the Board unanimously passed the motion.


OLD BUSINESS:  Mr. Elder read and made a motion to approve the following resolution. 








WHEREAS:   Wilmer Jones-Ham has, and is now, serving the City of Saginaw, Michigan as an elected member of its council, and;


WHEREAS:   The Saginaw City Council members have recognized the leadership abilities of Wilmer Jones-Ham and in November, 2001 elected her as the first woman Mayor of the City of Saginaw, and:


WHEREAS:   Wilmer Jones-Ham has faithfully devoted herself to the betterment of her community, and


WHEREAS:     Wilmer Jones-Ham has provided inspiration to others by her steadfast dedication and devotion to her Christian beliefs and her longstanding membership in the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church where she adds her voice and spirit as its Minister of Music, and:


WHEREAS:   Wilmer Jones-Ham shares her gifts with the NAACP, the Mayor’s Ball and Scholarship Foundation, the Saginaw International Ministry the Downtown Development Authority, and other associations that benefit her community by means of service, and


WHEREAS, Wilmer Jones-Ham is worthy of recognition by the MBS Airport Commission;


IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the MBS Airport Commission by means of this resolution recognizes and honors Wilmer Jones-Ham for her dedicated public service and makes known its appreciation to her.


Adopted at a regular meeting of the MBS Airport Commission on March 17, 2005.




BAY COUNTY                                         CITY OF MIDLAND                                   CITY OF SAGINAW                                        

Eugene F. Gwizdala                                    Hollis H. McKeag                                            Kenneth W. Distler

Patrick H. Beson                                         Karl S. Tomion                                                Wilmer Jones-Ham

Brian K. Elder                                             Clayton J. Dunn                                              Cecil A. Collins, Jr.                                               


Jeffrey A. Nagel, Manager

A. Thomas Lippert, Jr., Airport Attorney


Mr. Collins seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion.  Ms. Jones-Ham thanked the Board for its kind words.


NEW BUSINESS: Mr. Nagel stated that the passenger count for January was included in the packet. Mr. Collins made a motion to receive the information with Mr. McKeag seconding.  The motion was unanimously passed.


Mr. Nagel expressed his appreciation to Debbie Meisel.  She was a tremendous help during the audit since this was the first audit since Ms. Owen left.  Ms. Meisel is a great asset.


Mr. Nagel stated that Mr. Bob Peckham, our airport engineer, was the recipient of the State of Michigan Consultant of the Year Award for his hard work and dedication on the Traverse City project.  Mr. Nagel congratulated Mr. Peckham.


ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS:  Next regular meeting is scheduled for April 21, 2005.


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mr. Elder made a motion to adjourn.  Ms. Jones-Ham seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion.  The meeting adjourned at

1:37 p.m.




                                                                                                                                                            Hollis H. McKeag, Secretary