January 18, 2007




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 1:01 p.m.  Roll was called by Debbie Meisel.




Present                            Absent & Excused        Staff                       Other     

Patrick H. Beson             George J. Biltz              Jeff Nagel               John Palen, Midland Issues

Kenneth W. Distler          Jon Lynch                     A. T. Lippert          Nick DeMarco, NWA

Darnell Earley                                                      Ryan Riesinger  Rich Bostwick, NWA

Brian K. Elder                                                     Debbie Meisel       Angela Osmond, TSA

Eugene F. Gwizdala                                                                           Justin Engel, Saginaw News

Wilmer Jones-Ham (arrived 1:03 p.m.)                                              Amber Miles, Midland Daily News

Hollis H. McKeag                                                                                   





MINUTES:  Mr. Earley made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Commission Meeting held on December 21, 2006.  Mr. Elder seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved by the Board.


DECEMBER 2006 WARRANT AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARY:  Mr. Beson made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the December Payroll Account Check Numbers 82810-82865; the December Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 37164-37243; and the December Cash and Investment Summary.  Mr. McKeag seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.




SECURITY FIRM AGREEMENT:  Mr. Nagel stated that at the December commission meeting he had informed the board that the TSA had handed over the responsibility to monitor the checkpoint exit lanes from the time of last airline departure until the final arrival of the night.  To meet this requirement, Conley’s, a private security firm has been hired which has been used here in the past to meet additional security demands.


An agreement has been negotiated with Conley’s to provide a guard at a rate of $12.60 per hour.  The rate is fixed through 2007 with the exception of an increase in federal minimum wage which would increase the rate.  The agreement has no fixed term and can be cancelled immediately for a “failure to perform”.  The agreement also has a 30-day cancellation notice, so if the TSA rescinds the requirement, the airport would not be liable for the entire year.  This is an important point because the TSA headquarters has yet to make a final decision on this issue.


The current airline leases allow MBS to bill the carriers for these costs and Mr. Nagel has informed the airlines that this is our intent.


Mr. Lippert has reviewed the agreement and approved as to form.  Mr. Elder made a motion to approve the agreement with Conley’s Security and authorization for the chairman to sign with Mr. Beson seconding.  The motion passed unanimously.


PROPERTY PURCHASE UPDATE:  Mr. Nagel stated that Commonwealth Associates was hired to provide land acquisition consultant services in February, 2006.  The purpose was to assist in purchasing the property north of the airport.


As previously reported to the commission, all of the preliminary work has been completed and an offer made.  Mr. Nagel stated that he wanted to update the commission with regards to the process since the offer was made and stated it may be appropriate to go into closed session at the discretion of the board.  Chairman Gwizdala referred to Mr. Lippert for the language for closed session.  Mr. Lippert stated that the closed session would be to discuss property negotiations and property acquisition for the airport.  Mr. Earley made a motion to go into closed session.  Mr. Elder seconded.  Chairman Gwizdala asked for a roll call vote.  Ms. Meisel took roll call as follows:  Mr. Beson, yes; Dr. Distler, yes; Mr. Early, yes; Mr. Elder, yes; Mr. Gwizdala, yes; Ms. Jones-Ham, yes; Mr. McKeag, yes.  The motion carried.


Upon return from closed session, Mr. Lippert requested on behalf of management that the commission adopt a resolution authorizing the chairman to direct a letter to the owning municipalities that is the City of Saginaw, City of Midland, and Bay County, requesting that they adopt a resolution authorizing the MBS International Airport Commission to act on their behalf to commence condemnation proceedings against the Krauss property and make a determination that the acquisition is necessary for aeronautical purposes.  Mr. Earley made the motion as Mr. Lippert stated with Ms. Jones-Ham seconding.  Chairman Gwizdala asked for a roll call vote.  Ms. Meisel took roll call as follows:  Mr. Beson, yes; Dr. Distler, yes; Mr. Early, yes; Mr. Elder, yes; Mr. Gwizdala, yes; Ms. Jones-Ham, yes; Mr. McKeag, yes.  The motion carried.


AUDIT SCOPE LETTER:  Mr. Nagel stated that Andrews Hooper and Pavlik annually give the board the audit scope letter which outlines the scope of services for the upcoming audit.  Dr. Distler made a motion to receive the audit scope letter from Andrews Hooper & Pavlik.  Mr. McKeag seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


OLD BUSINESS:  Mr. Nagel stated that he received a press release from Northwest Airlines indicating that they will come out of bankruptcy in the second quarter of this year.  Rich Bostwick the local station manager and Nick DeMarco, Regional Sales, were asked if second quarter was correct.  Mr. DeMarco stated that they are very pleased that they were able to file a reorganization plan for Northwest.  The intent is to emerge from bankruptcy by the first half of the year.


NEW BUSINESS:  Mr. Nagel stated that he wanted to thank Mr. Riesinger and the entire staff.  Staff received a short notice in January of a FAA safety inspection.  They inspect the airfield side, all the paperwork and training records.  This is the second year in a row that there was an inspection with no FAA discrepancies. 


Mr. Nagel stated that he is a board member of the Saginaw County Visitors and Convention Bureau and has two complementary tickets to Roger Williams’ piano concert at the Temple Theatre.  He offered the tickets to any of the commissioners.


ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS:  Next regular meeting is scheduled for February 15, 2007.


Dr. Distler recently attended a meeting regarding the potential benefits of having defibrillators.  Timing is of the essence; a defibrillator must be used within ten minutes of an incident.  Dr. Distler asked where the airport defibrillators are located and are they available to the public.  Mr. Nagel stated that one is located in the administration building and the other is in the passenger terminal behind the sheriff’s counter.  They are not locked but they have an alarm that triggers the security system when they are removed. They are accessible by the public.  Mr. Riesinger stated that annual training is held for the MBS employees and sessions are offered for the airport tenants.    


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 1:31 p.m.




                                                                                                                                                            Hollis H. McKeag, Secretary