MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION

 

February 16, 2006

 

MINUTES

           

The meeting was held in the Skyroom Restaurant, 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.

 

COMMISSIONERS

 

Present                                     Staff                                      Other     

Patrick H. Beson                      Jeff Nagel                              Michael Vernich, RSH

George J. Biltz                          A. T. Lippert                         Linda Moreau, Tri-County Travel Agents

Kenneth W. Distler                   Ryan Riesinger                       Tim Davis, Commonwealth Assoc.

Darnell Earley                           Debbie Meisel                       Cheryl Wade, Midland Daily News

Brian K. Elder                                                                       Sam Ulstad, Midland Engineering

Eugene F. Gwizdala                                                               ori Hugo, Travels & Beyond

Wilmer Jones-Ham                   Guests                                   Jeremiah Stettler, Saginaw News

Hollis H. McKeag                    Bill Ropposch, Peckham        John Palen, Midland Issues

Karl S. Tomion

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

 

MINUTES: 

Mr. Elder made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Commission Meeting held on January 19, 2006.  Mr. Tomion seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved by the Board.

 

JANUARY 2006 WARRANT AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARY: 

Ms. Jones-Ham made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the January Payroll Account Check Numbers 82105-82162 and the January Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 36316-36414; and the January Cash and Investment Summary.  Mr. Earley seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT: 

None

 

LAND CONSULTANT SELECTION: 

Mr. Nagel stated that at the October 20, 2005 meeting the Commission approved the recommendation to begin the process of selecting a qualified land consultant to assist with the purchase of approximately 155 acres adjacent to the north side of the airport.  The purchase of the property is on the approved five-year plan and utilizing a consultant helps ensure all the necessary steps are completed to obtain reimbursement from the FAA.

 

To comply with the State procedures for selecting a land consultant, Mr. Nagel advertised a Request for Qualifications in local papers and in Michigan Contractor and Builder magazine.  Four parties responded to the ad with two of the firms being pre-qualified by the State to perform these tasks.  Both qualified firms were interviewed with the panel being Jeff Nagel, Ryan Riesinger, and Tom Lippert.  Based on the review of the qualifications, the interview and reference checks, the decision was made to proceed with Commonwealth Associates.

 

A contract has been prepared for Commonwealth to perform the required tasks.  The contract was taken directly from the State website and Mr. Lippert has reviewed and approved it as to form.  Mr. Nagel stated that the Proposed Consultant Budget along with the Scope of Services and Estimated Schedule were included in the packets.  The consultant costs would be local funds until after the purchase is completed, then they would be reimbursable with the cost of the property.  Mr. Tomion made a motion to approve the contract with Commonwealth Associates for land acquisition consultant services and authorization for the Chairman to sign.  Mr. Elder seconded and the motion unanimously carried.

 

2006 AIP PROJECTS: 

Mr. Nagel stated that the Commission approved the MBS Airport Capital Improvement Five-Year Program at the October 2005 meeting.  The following items were included:  1,500 gallon ARFF truck, land acquisition, environmental for land purchase, extension of storm drain (north end), and conceptual plans for a new terminal.

 

Mr. Nagel informed the Board that the land purchase and environmental will be completed with local dollars then added to a future grant to get reimbursement.  The FAA has split the remaining projects into two separate grants as follows:

 

               Grant #3306                                                     Estimated Cost

               Northeast Storm Drain Extension                      $800,000

               New 1,500 Gallon ARFF Truck                       $1,000,000

                                                                                       $1,800,000

 

               This grant is a 95% Federal, 2.5% State and 2.5% local match.

 

               Grant #3406                                                     Estimated Cost

               Master Plan – Terminal Study

               Phase II Including Benefit Cost Analysis            $550,000

 

               This grant is also a 95% Federal, 2.5% State and 2.5% local match.

 

Mr. Earley made a motion to approve the attached resolution for 2006 AIP Project #3306.

 

RESOLUTION

(Northeast Storm Drain Extension and ARFF Truck Grant #3306)

 

RESOLUTION ADOPTING AND APPROVING THE EXECUTION OF THE GRANT APPLICATION, GRANT AND ALL RELATED DOCUMENTS BY THE MBS AIRPORT COMMISSION, A SPECIAL STATUTORY BODY, ACTING AS SPONSOR FOR THE CITY OF MIDLAND, CITY OF SAGINAW, AND COUNTY OF BAY, MICHIGAN, AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING FEDERAL AID FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, UNDER PROJECT NO. 3-26-0083-3306.

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the MBS International Airport Commission,

Freeland, Michigan:

 

Section I.  That MBS International Airport Commission, on behalf of the City of Midland, the City of Saginaw and the County of Bay, Michigan, shall submit a Grant Application and enter into a Grant Agreement for the development of the MBS International Airport, and that such Grant Documents shall be set forth hereinbelow:

 

Section II.  That the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the MBS International Airport Commission, is hereby authorized and directed to execute said Grant Application, Grant Agreement, and all other related documents in (4) copies on behalf of the City of Midland, City of Saginaw, and County of Bay, Michigan, and the Airport Manager is hereby authorized and directed to impress the official seal and to attest said execution:

 

Section III.  That the Grant Application/Agreement referred to as Project 3-26-0083-3306.

 

 

Mr. Tomion seconded the motion and the Board passed it unanimously.

 

Ms. Jones-Ham made a motion to approve the attached Resolution for 2006 AIP Project #3406.

 

RESOLUTION

(Terminal Study Phase II Including Benefit Cost Analysis Grant #3406)

 

RESOLUTION ADOPTING AND APPROVING THE EXECUTION OF THE GRANT APPLICATION, GRANT AND ALL RELATED DOCUMENTS BY THE MBS AIRPORT COMMISSION, A SPECIAL STATUTORY BODY, ACTING AS SPONSOR FOR THE CITY OF MIDLAND, CITY OF SAGINAW, AND COUNTY OF BAY, MICHIGAN, AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING FEDERAL AID FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, UNDER PROJECT NO. 3-26-0083-3406.

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the MBS International Airport Commission,

Freeland, Michigan:

 

Section I.  That MBS International Airport Commission, on behalf of the City of Midland, the City of Saginaw and the County of Bay, Michigan, shall submit a Grant Application and enter into a Grant Agreement for the development of the MBS International Airport, and that such Grant Documents shall be set forth hereinbelow:

 

Section II.  That the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the MBS International Airport Commission, is hereby authorized and directed to execute said Grant Application, Grant Agreement, and all other related documents in (4) copies on behalf of the City of Midland, City of Saginaw, and County of Bay, Michigan, and the Airport Manager is hereby authorized and directed to impress the official seal and to attest said execution:

 

Section III.  That the Grant Application/Agreement referred to as Project 3-26-0083-3406.

 

Mr. Earley seconded and the motion was passed unanimously by the Board.

 

SECURITY SYSTEM/FLIGHT INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (FIDS) PROJECT CHANGE ORDER #1: 

Mr. Riesinger stated that the Security System/FIDS Project (FAA Grant #3105) is underway and progressing nicely.  The new FIDS is installed and operational, and the security system is approximately 50% complete.

 

The plans and specifications for this project included obtaining unit prices for various options during the bidding process.  These unit prices allowed the airport some flexibility to add items to the base bid during the project depending on how the bids were in relation to the budget.  The project bid was $501,632 and the budgeted amount was $550,000.

 

Peckham Engineering, the project consultant, prepared Bulletin #1 which includes recommended project options and costs, and justification for the proposed options.  The total cost of these items is $39,491.83.  MBS’ State of Michigan project manager has reviewed the bulletin and approved the costs.  These costs are eligible under the grant and the MBS local share would be 2.5%.  Mr. Beson made a motion to approve the Bulletin as Change Order #1 to the Midstate Security contract and authorization for the Chairman to sign.  Dr. Distler seconded and the Board passed the motion unanimously.

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT: 

Mr. Nagel stated that at the November 2005 Commission Meeting, it was approved for The Boyd Group to prepare an Economic Impact Study for MBS International Airport.  Mr. Nagel introduced Mr. Mike Boyd to present the details of the study.  Mr. Boyd presented a PowerPoint summary of the Economic Impact Statement which included a question and answer period.  Mr. Biltz made a motion to receive the Economic Impact Study.  Mr. McKeag seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

OLD BUSINESS: 

None.   

 

NEW BUSINESS: 

Mr. Nagel stated that there has been discussion regarding a tour of the new Traverse City Passenger Terminal because of the ongoing conceptual plans at MBS.  Mr. Nagel stated that it would be better if the trip could be delayed until May or June when the weather is better.  More information will be coming at Commission Meetings and through mailings.  

 

Mr. Nagel reported that there have been some customer service issues with Northwest Airlines. MBS has had an interim manager for the last year out of Grand Rapids who has done a good job but is here locally one or two days a week.  Northwest has posted a general manager position for MBS.  Mr. Nagel stated that he looks forward to the position being filled so someone can be here on a daily basis to help with the customer service issues.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS: 

Mr. Beson complimented Mr. Nagel and staff on how well they communicate with the Commissioners keeping everyone up-to-date.  Mr. Nagel thanked Mr. Beson stating that there are many good news articles and he is glad to hear that they are helpful.

 

Next regular meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2006.

 

ADJOURNMENT: 

There being no further business, Mr. Biltz made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Elder seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 1:38 p.m.

 

 

 

Hollis H. McKeag, Secretary