MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION
meeting was held in the Airport Commission Board Room,
Present Absent & Excused Staff Other
J. Biltz Darnell Earley A. T. Lippert Cheryl Wade,
Wilmer Jones-Ham Duane Goslin, Dow Corning
PUBLIC COMMENT: None
TSA COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT: Mr. Nagel stated that the TSA has offered a Cooperative Agreement Program which assists airports in funding law enforcement support to meet the requirements of security regulations, security directives and emergency amendments. The airport pays over $300,000 per year to the Saginaw County Sheriff Department for these services. MBS has applied for, and received, a grant for $58,473 annually to assist the airport with these expenses. This is a five-year grant which totals over $290,000 for the airport. The TSA requires the Chairman to sign the actual agreement.
Ms. Jones-Ham made a motion to approve the TSA Cooperative Agreement to assist with law enforcement expenses. Mr. Biltz seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Other approvals still need to be obtained including the FAA and the Township. Approval of the plans by the Airport Commission does not waive the other required approvals.
Mr. Elder made a motion to approve Dow
Corning’s final plans as provided in Article IV, Section 1.A of the agreement
and lease of premises. This approval is
granted without waiver of any of the requirements or obligations of Dow Corning
as provided in Article IV, Section 1.C of the agreement and lease, or waiver of
compliance requirements specified in the FAA letter to Mr. Kurt Welsh dated
Mr. Biltz had concerns about the commission approving Dow Corning’s final
plans until all FAA and Township approvals have been received. He stated that when the lease was approved
prior to FAA approval last time there may have been some confusion by Dow
Corning management. Mr. Biltz asked Mr.
Nagel to explain the process to the board so they could have a better
understanding of the situation. Mr.
Nagel stated the Airport Commission approved the lease for the Dow Corning
hangar site at a special meeting on June 1st. The FAA approval process for the airspace
review was in process at that time. The
FAA’s comments were that the hangar was not a problem and airspace would not be
an issue. However, The Office of
Frequency Management in
Mr. Goslin of Dow Corning stated that the lease has conditions which
protect both sides. Dow Corning has been
talking to the FAA directly and a temporary solution has been put in place. The FAA has visited the site and they are
99.9% sure that it will be a permanent solution but other steps are still
required. Mr. Welsh contacted the FAA in
Further discussion took place regarding a $25,000 study required by the FAA for the communication towers. Mr. Lippert stated that a condition of the lease is that Dow Corning must receive FAA approval which includes having the study done at a cost to Dow Corning. Mr. Goslin stated that they were under the assumption that the reimbursable agreement has to come from the airport not Dow Corning and they were looking for support. Mr. Nagel stated that the FAA will not contract with the tenant. Mr. Elder stated that this appears to be a topic that needs to be discussed by airport management and made a motion to defer the Dow Corning agenda item until next month. Mr. Beson seconded. Mr. Gwizdala asked for a roll call vote. Ms. Klapish called roll; Patrick Beson, yes; George Biltz, abstained; Brian Elder, yes; Eugene Gwizdala, yes; Wilmer Jones-Ham, yes. Motion carried.
PROPERTY ACQUISITION UPDATE: Mr. Nagel stated that at the
BE IT RESOLVED, that the attorneys for the MBS International Airport Commission are hereby authorized and directed to take whatever steps are necessary for the acquisition of said property and property interests including the commencement and prosecution of condemnation proceedings under Michigan law for the acquisition of said property and to sign all documents and pleadings necessary for such litigation, and Kenneth W. Distler, Chairman of the Commission, is hereby authorized to sign a Declaration of Taking for the acquisition of said properties, and the Airport Manager is authorized to complete the financial transactions required in accordance with State and Federal law.
Ms. Jones-Ham seconded. Mr. Gwizdala asked for a roll call vote. Ms. Klapish called roll; Patrick Beson, yes; George Biltz, yes; Brian Elder, yes; Eugene Gwizdala, yes; Wilmer Jones-Ham, yes. Motion carried.
OLD BUSINESS: Mr. Nagel updated the commission on changes in the contract for the construction project. The contract was bid as a unit contract so each item in the contract has a unit price. Additional increases in the project include removal of light bases, 14 inches of asphalt, 12 and 24 inch pipe and some catch basins on the runway end. Mr. Riesinger and Peckham Engineering worked with FAA Certification and were able to temporarily mark Runway 5 as a non-precision approach versus a visual approach. On the ramp, the contractor removed and replaced corroded pipe as well as saw cut concrete. These changes total approximately $70,000 of which $40,000 was in temporary marking for the runway. This equates to $1,800 of local money at 2 ˝ percent match.
Mr. Riesinger updated the board on the paving construction project. He stated that they are making good progress and are on schedule. He also discussed the FAA PAPI and Dow Corning projects.
Mr. Nagel updated the board on the activities of the Marketing Committee in regards to the fare study by the Boyd Group and follow-up visit to Northwest Airlines on August 1st. The airport is looking for a win-win solution with Northwest increasing their revenue and MBS increasing their passenger traffic by doing some experimentation with the fares. Northwest has notified the airport that they have implemented some of the pricing strategies. This pricing strategy will help eliminate customers driving out of MBS catchment area to other airports where there are other airline options.
Mr. Nagel discussed the Aviation Trust Fund which is a
ticket tax that funds the AIP program.
The current trust fund expires on September 30th. There currently is conflicting ideas on how to
fund the system and this delay could jeopardize projects in
NEW BUSINESS: Mr. Riesinger informed the
commission of a possible grant opportunity for new radios. The Airport currently operates a VHF band
radio system for primarily internal communications, operations, and
maintenance. This VHF system is outdated
and in need of repair and/or replacement. In addition, the Airport has only two
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it would be offering Public Safety Interoperability Communication (PSIC) grants. This grant program has made available $968 million to help state and local first responders improve public safety communications and coordination during a natural or man-made disaster.
If MBS were to receive a DHS PSIC grant it would enable the airport to effectively combine two of the existing radio systems into one. The airport would be able to utilize existing antenna infrastructure that is owned, operated, and maintained by the Michigan State Police, therefore, the airport would no longer need to maintain expensive radio receivers, repeaters, and transmitters in-house. Using these radios on a daily basis would also help to better familiarize personnel to the Saginaw County Emergency Communications plan.
PSIC grants are being administered by the State of
grants are to be awarded by
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS: Next regular meeting is scheduled for
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mr. Elder made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Biltz seconded and the board unanimously passed the motion. The meeting adjourned at
Eugene F. Gwizdala, Secretary