MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION
meeting was held in the Airport Commission Board Room,
Present Absent & Excused Staff Other
Kenneth W. Distler Darnell Earley A. T. Lippert Wilma Kasten, Citizen
Brian K. Elder Ryan Riesinger Rich Bostwick, NWA
Eugene F. Gwizdala Debbie Meisel Angela Osmond, TSA
FEBRUARY 2007 WARRANT AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARY: Dr. Distler made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the February Payroll Account Check Numbers 82920-82973; the February Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 37319-37393; and the February Cash and Investment Summary. Mr. Beson seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.
PUBLIC COMMENT: None
SURPLUS FIRE TRUCK: Mr. Nagel stated that with the arrival of the new ARFF truck, it is time to address the oldest fire truck. The 1976 500-gallon Walter fire truck is currently not in use and is not needed to meet FAA Index. The truck is in bad shape but may have a value to a small department or for spare parts. Recommendation of staff is to dispose of the truck. Mr. Lynch made a motion to declare the 1976 Walter fire truck as surplus equipment and authorization for the Airport Manager to sell the truck by receiving bids. Ms. Jones-Ham seconded and the motion unanimously carried.
TRACTOR/MOWER PURCHASE: Mr. Nagel stated that at the February meeting
the commission was informed that staff was working toward replacing a field
tractor and mower. Specifications were
written by airport staff and were advertised locally as well as sent to various
dealers. Bids were due
Two bids were received for the tractor and mower; Flint New Holland, $82,857.10 and Bader and Sons, $87,499.47. A thorough review of the bid packages showed that the low bid substantially complied with the specifications. Therefore, recommendation of airport staff is to accept the bid of Flint New Holland for the tractor and mower.
As mentioned last month, these items are not AIP eligible and are 100% local funds. Both items were in the 10 year plan and were budgeted for a total of $88,000.00. Mr. Elder made a motion to approve the bid of Flint New Holland in the amount of $82,857.10 with Ms. Jones-Ham seconding. The motion passed unanimously.
SPECIAL COUNSEL SELECTION: Mr. Nagel stated that Commonwealth Associates was hired last year to assist in the purchase of the needed property to the north of the airport. Unfortunately, those efforts have not been successful. While a negotiated agreement is still possible it was recommended by Commonwealth to move forward with condemnation proceedings. Mr. Nagel discussed this with the State Land Specialist and he recommends hiring a condemnation attorney. Mr. Nagel also discussed this with Mr. Lippert, and he agreed with that recommendation.
Mr. Nagel solicited recommendations from other airport managers as to who would best fill this role. Two names were mentioned repeatedly so both were contacted, asked for information and scheduled interviews. Mr. Lippert and Mr. Nagel met with both attorneys last week and, based on all factors, their recommendation is to retain Boris Yakima to assist MBS through this process. Mr. Yakima has a broad range of experience including representing other airports.
A letter from Mr. Yakima that outlined his costs was included in the packets. Mr. Lippert stated that both attorneys were very qualified but he felt that Mr. Yakima has back up in his law firm with associates and paralegals that work for him which the other attorney did not have. Mr. Lippert felt that Mr. Yakima’s rates were reasonable for the work that he would be doing and the fact that his work experience is all in land condemnation is a positive. Mr. Beson made a motion to approve Boris Yakima as condemnation attorney as outlined in his letter and authorization for the Chairman to sign. Mr. McKeag seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
UPDATED FIVE-YEAR PLAN:
Mr. Nagel stated that the last five-year plan was discussed and approved
Mr. Nagel has worked with RS&H, the State Project Manager and the FAA to develop a new five-year plan. This plan is based on the $48.3 million figure for the new terminal, which was presented at the December commission meeting. The actual total is higher because some of the projects listed in 2007 are not related to the terminal project.
Mr. Nagel explained that it is a planning document only. Approval of this plan does not commit MBS to these projects or costs. Each year requires commission action to approve the projects and apply for federal funds. Also, as noted, specific financial split between AIP, PFC, State, Local and FAA discretionary will be determined by the new AIP legislation and by MBS’ success in applying for discretionary funding. As the project progresses, Mr. Nagel will continue to modify the plan and update the commission. Mr. Elder made a motion to approve the five-year plan. Mr. Beson seconded and the motion unanimously carried.
OLD BUSINESS: Mr. Nagel updated the board that he has received both proposals from the Boyd Group; the Small Community Air Service Grant Application proposal and the Market Pair Study. Both have been signed and returned to Mike Boyd for execution. Work will begin shortly.
Mr. Nagel stated that the 2007 airport funding (AIP), as
reported last month, has been approved by the House and Senate in
The AIP reauthorization funding for 2008 is a big
topic. There are some proposals that
would potentially lower the AIP entitlement but possibly increase the PFC
capability. In the general aviation
sector there are also user fees and fuel taxes proposed. Those proposals and others are being
presented to the subcommittees in
Mr. Nagel informed the commission that he had gone to
Mr. Nagel has also met with FAA Airports District Office in
Mr. Nagel stated that he updated some of the chambers and
economic development groups on the project since he returned from
Since the last meeting there were a couple of ice and snow storms. It may be on the news that the United flights are canceled fairly quickly in the day. That is typically caused by the capacity issues at O’Hare Airport. MBS remained open and operational at all times during those storms. The new chemical deicing vehicle used with the sand gave an immediate impact and a residual impact throughout the storm. It is a good piece of equipment.
Mr. Nagel stated that
NEW BUSINESS: Mr. Nagel thanked Rich Bostwick and his staff for their assistance during a recent emergency involving a Northwest DC-9. Mr. Nagel also said the airport fire department did an excellent job in their response.
Mr. Nagel said that he would be on vacation the week of April 9-14. If needed, a commissioner can contact him through the administration office.
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS: Dr. Distler inquired on the future of the Michigan Department of Aeronautics. Discussion followed.
Next regular meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2007.
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 1:21 p.m.
Hollis H. McKeag, Secretary