MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION
The meeting was held in the Airport
Commission Board Room,
Present Absent & Excused Staff Other
Kenneth W. Distler A. T. Lippert Angela Osmond, TSA
Darnell Earley Ryan Riesinger John Palen, Midland Issues
K. Elder Debbie
Meisel Cheryl Wade,
Eugene F. Gwizdala Dolores Dandt, Citizen
Wilmer Jones-Ham Guest
Karl S. Tomion
APRIL 2006 WARRANT AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARY: Mr. Earley made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the April Payroll Account Check Numbers 82308-82364, the April Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 36555-36629; and the April Cash and Investment Summary. Mr. Elder seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.
COMMENT: Rich Bostwick introduced
himself as the new station manager at MBS.
He has 28 years in the airline industry and at
ELECTION OF OFFICERS: Mr. Nagel stated that the following officers were elected in May of 2005, which was the first full term for all three officers; Gene Gwizdala – Chairman, Ken Distler – Vice-Chairman, and Hollis McKeag – Secretary. The By-Laws state that officers may serve for two consecutive terms therefore all three are eligible to remain in their current position. Also, according to the By-Laws, each governmental entity must be represented by holding an officer position. The Airport Manager is designated as the Assistant Secretary and Treasurer. Mr. Beson made a motion to reappoint the officers with Mr. Tomion seconding. The motion unanimously carried.
MEETING SCHEDULE: Mr. Nagel stated that during the annual meeting in May, the Commission approves the schedule for regular Commission meetings for the next year. The following schedule sets the date on the third Thursday of each month:
MBS International Airport Commission meets at in the Commission Board Room, second floor of the Passenger
Mr. Elder made a motion to approve the schedule of regular meeting dates. Mr. Beson seconded and the motion unanimously carried.
CONFERENCE: Mr. Nagel informed the
Board that the Municipal Employees Retirement System (MERS) conference will be
held at the Amway Grand Hotel in
The Board must also appoint a delegate, and in the past, the Airport Manager was chosen. A motion is required naming the delegate, alternate and the Board selection delegate. A ballot was taken and Debra Meisel and Carol Janks were selected as employee delegate and alternate respectively. Ms. Jones-Ham made a motion acknowledging Debra Meisel as employee delegate, Carol Janks as employee alternate, and Jeff Nagel as officer delegate appointed by the Commission. Mr. McKeag seconded. After discussion the Board unanimously passed the motion.
COMMONWEALTH ASSOCIATES AMENDMENT: Mr. Nagel explained that at the February meeting the Commission approved a contract with Commonwealth Associates for land acquisition services. Attached is Amendment No. 1 for this contract which changes the subcontractor for the wetland delineation and the threatened and endangered species survey. The scope of the contract is not changed and the contract price is reduced by $4,303. Mr. Earley made a motion to approve Amendment No. 1 to the Commonwealth contract and authorization for the Chairman to sign. Dr. Distler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
TSA LEASE: Mr. Nagel stated that the TSA has leased space in the terminal since 2002. The space includes the office in the sterile area, training room and break room on the first floor and the storage area upstairs. At various times since 2002, the TSA has expressed an interest in a longer term lease. (They are currently renewing every year.)
TSA finally has authorization for a three-year lease and the following rates have been negotiated.
CURRENT RATE 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
Office $38.93/ft2 Office 40.10 Office 41.50 Office 42.95
Storage $18.00/ft2 Storage 18.54 Storage 19.19 Storage 19.86
Having this contract extended for three years would be beneficial to MBS’ operation. The TSA has been an excellent tenant and the current lease amounts to over $77,000 per year in rental income. Mr. Nagel stated that he had negotiated with GSA and they have approved the rates. He is awaiting approval from TSA.
Mr. McKeag made a motion to approve a three-year extension of the TSA lease at the proposed rates and authorization for the Chairman to sign. Ms. Jones-Ham seconded and motion unanimously carried.
SECURITY SYSTEM AMENDMENT #2: Mr. Nagel stated that the Security System/FIDS project is nearing completion. During the project, a way was discovered to enhance perimeter security at MBS. The TSA has focused on perimeter security and they have been working jointly with staff throughout this project. The change would require the installation of an access-control card reader on the inside of each of the three electronic vehicle gates. This provides enhanced security and much better accountability at each of those locations. This improvement was discussed with the TSA and they have approved the recommended change. This was also discussed with MBS’ state project manager and she too has approved the change.
Attached is a bulletin prepared by Peckham Engineering with the change order. The increase in price for this amendment is $13,725.00 which is eligible for reimbursement. MBS will be responsible for 2.5% local share. All of this work relates to the three vehicle gates except Item #5 for $490 which was required to maintain the controls at the Northwest Airlines bag belt.
Mr. Elder made a motion to approve change order #2 to the Midstate contract and authorization for the Chairman to sign. Mr. McKeag seconded and the motion unanimously passed.
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORT: Mr. Tomion explained that in the past the Airport Manager’s job performance review was prepared by the Personnel Committee and included a salary recommendation. This report, which would summarize the manager’s accomplishments, was presented at a regular public meeting.
When the Personnel Committee that consists of Commissioner Earley, Commissioner Beson, and Commissioner Tomion met to initially prepare this year’s report they decided that they wanted to make a recommendation to the Commission modifying this process. In summary, they suggest that:
1. Schedule a meeting of the entire Commission to undertake the Airport Manager’s evaluation, and if the Manager requests it, it could be held as a closed session subject to the provisions of the Open Meetings Act.
2. During the session, all of the commissioners could participate in the review instead of just the Personnel Committee.
3. At the conclusion of this session, a written report would be prepared which would be presented publicly at the next regular meeting of the Commission.
is the process that the City Council in
the Commission is interested in proceeding with this process, Mr. Tomion suggested
that a session be scheduled immediately following the regular meeting on
Thursday, June 15. The Personnel
Committee could then present the results of the review at the regular meeting
Mr. Beson made a motion that the MBS Airport Commission schedule a session to undertake the job performance review of the Airport Manager and authorize and direct the Personnel Committee to work with the Airport Manager to organize the agenda of the meeting. Ms. Jones-Ham seconded the motion. Dr. Distler asked about the review. Mr. Tomion explained how the Midland City Council performs his review and stated that Mr. Nagel will write a report of the last year that can be discussed. Goals will be set for the coming year. The Personnel Committee would report publicly on the review at the following meeting. There being no further discussion, Chairman Gwizdala called for the vote. The motion unanimously carried.
RS&H AGREEMENT: Mr. Nagel said the contract for RS&H to conduct the next phase of the terminal project was included in each of their packets. He stated that he had reviewed the scope of work and all items are included. Mr. Lippert has reviewed and approved the contract as to form. The MBS state project manager has reviewed the costs and found them to be acceptable. Mr. Nagel introduced Mark Wilcer, the project manager from RS&H. He also thanked him and Joe Jackson for their efforts getting the scope done for this meeting. The original estimate was $550,000 that included the FAA cost benefit analysis. The contract came in at $520,000 however RS&H recommended the addition of geo technical work which will give them a better idea of the condition of the soil in the area where a new terminal could be built. Mr. Nagel agreed to the recommendation and this work is listed in the “special services” section in the contract. That brought the final price up to approximately $587,000 but the original work came in at $520,000 which is under budget.
Mr. Earley made a motion to approve the contract with RS&H and authorization for the Chairman to sign with Mr. Tomion seconding. Mr. McKeag asked Mr. Nagel to update the Board on the status of purchasing the property. Commonwealth has had the preliminary interview with the property owner, the notice to proceed for the phase one environmental and appraisal has been done, the wetlands and threatened and endangered species will have a notice to proceed later this month. Reports should be coming back to Mr. Nagel late May or early June regarding all the work being done. Negotiations regarding price would be discussed in closed session when the work is completed. There being no further discussion, Chairman Gwizdala asked for a roll call vote. Ms. Meisel called roll as follows: Mr. Beson, yes; Dr. Distler, yes; Mr. Earley, yes; Mr. Elder, yes; Mr. Gwizdala, yes; Ms. Jones-Ham, yes; Mr. McKeag, yes; Karl Tomion, yes. The motion unanimously carried.
OLD BUSINESS: Mr. Nagel stated that the decision has been made that the TSA will not be responsible for the exit lane after the security check point has ceased checking passengers. MBS has been notified that it will be an airport operator responsibility; however that rule is up for public comment. Airports have 30 days to respond. ACI and AAAE plan to file comments as so does MBS as an airport. Mr. Nagel stated that he was very disappointed in the decision but will keep the Board posted once the 30 days has passed.
Mr. Nagel stated that he had sent out a memo to the Board in
regards to making a trip to see the terminal building in
Mr. Nagel reported on the
Even though the Commission has not yet decided to proceed
with a new terminal, the representatives were happy that the communities and
airport came to them early since funding will be needed. They also want to be kept informed. Mr. Tomion added that he was very impressed
with whoever arranged all the meetings in one day with all of the
representatives and the FAA Director. It
was very well organized. Mr. Nagel
stated that the FAA was very familiar with him, the airport, and the
project. Mr. Nagel also informed the
Board that he is going back to Washington, DC next week with the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce for a one day session called “Delayed, Not Cancelled” American
Aviation Crisis in small communities.
Marion Blakey is the featured speaker.
The FAA people suggested that MBS keep in contact with the
NEW BUSINESS: Mr.
Nagel asked Mr. Riesinger to report to the Board. Mr. Riesinger stated that it is time for the
annual fire training. The mobile trainer
that is housed at
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS: Dr. Distler stated that he recently had the
opportunity to attend an open house at the
Mr. McKeag asked if there are any plans to improve the aesthetics of our current facility such as new carpet and paint. Mr. Nagel stated possibly new carpet this year. Steam cleaning has already taken place which is scheduled twice a year. Painting is done on a continual basis.
Next regular meeting is scheduled for
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mr. Beson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Elder seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion. The meeting adjourned at
Hollis H. McKeag, Secretary