MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION
October 18, 2007
The meeting was held in the Airport Commission Board Room, 8600 Garfield Road, Freeland, Michigan 48623. Chairman Kenneth Distler called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Roll was called by Debbie Meisel.
Present Absent & Excused Staff Other
Eugene F. Gwizdala
SEPTEMBER 2007 WARRANT AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARY: Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the September Payroll Account Check Numbers 83369-83425; the September Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 37858-37933, void check number 37858; and the September Cash and Investment Summary. Mr. Elder seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Mr. McZee thanked the commission for the years of friendship for him and his wife during her years on the commission.
RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION: Dr. Distler complimented and thanked Ms. Ham-McZee for her service on the airport commission. He proceeded to read the following resolution.
MBS International Airport Commission
Resolution of Appreciation
Her counsel, support, and ever-pleasant company will be missed by all who have served and worked with her, and the best wishes of all commission members go with her.
This Resolution of Appreciation was unanimously adopted at a regular meeting of the MBS Airport Commission on October 18, 2007 and shall be retained in the permanent minutes of the commission.
MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION
BAY COUNTY CITY OF MIDLAND CITY OF SAGINAW
Patrick H. Beson Hollis H. McKeag Kenneth W. Distler
Eugene F. Gwizdala George J. Biltz
Jeffrey A. Nagel Airport Manager
A. T. Lippert, Jr., Airport Attorney
Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to approve the Resolution of Appreciation for Wilmer Ham-McZee. Mr. Biltz seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORT: Mr. Beson on behalf of the Personnel Committee handed out an evaluation package to each commissioner for Mr. Nagel. All completed evaluations should be forwarded to Mr. Earley. The committee will meet once the evaluations are returned.
OLD BUSINESS: Mr. Riesinger stated that the airport is nearing the end of construction. Due to the bad weather there have been some delays however, it may be complete by the end of next week.
Mr. McKeag asked the status of the Dow Corning hangar. Mr. Nagel stated that he, Mr. Lippert, Dow Corning, and FAA continue to work together to move the process forward. This item will be brought back to the commission as soon as possible.
Mr. Nagel stated that Congress has not passed the Aviation Spending Bill. The taxes have been extended through November through a continuing resolution. The 2008 AIP grants have not been authorized. Staff continues to make plans for 2008 with hopes that the bill will be approved before year end.
Mr. Nagel stated the DOT has not released the Small Community Service Grant recipients. Originally they were to be released in September. There are rumors about whether the grants will be issued or not. Mr. Nagel will keep the board updated.
Mr. Nagel attended the Boyd Air Service Forecasting Conference. There is no representation from the DOT or the FAA however there are major players from many airlines giving presentations along with four airplane manufacturers. One of the items discussed was that the carriers are beginning to make profits but there are some issues such as cost of fuel, labor issues, and capacity that will affect any profit. Another topic discussed and debated was the reauthorization. Mr. Nagel stated that the conference had very good information.
Mr. Nagel stated that Rich Bostwick of NWA asked him to report that one of the CRJ-900s, the larger version of the CRJ with first class capacity, will be in use at MBS in November and possibly a few more in December. Mr. Nagel complimented Mr. Bostwick for his continual promotion of quality air service for MBS.
Mr. Nagel stated that a comment that was made at the Boyd Conference was that air service in communities should be looked at as a quality of service as opposed to a quantity of service. If there are numerous flights going to the Florida market that is good air service but the airlines look at quality service by how many connecting passengers go to Beijing, India, or the deep south. MBS has a good quality market but increasing capacity is continually looked at in and out of the market.
Mr. Biltz asked if there was any update on the property acquisition. Mr. Nagel stated it is currently in court and he continues to work with Mr. Lippert and Mr. Yakima.
NEW BUSINESS: None
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS: Dr. Distler stated that one item that he was made aware of at the ACI conference was wireless internet for the business traveler. MBS is depending on the business traveler for its success and owes it to them to provide a really good free wireless service. Mr. Nagel stated that he has been working on this issue. He is in the final stages and hoping to make a goal of the first of the year. MBS currently has wireless internet however it has not been very dependable.
Ms. Ham-McZee stated that it has been an honor to be on the board and that it is hard to say good-bye. She complimented the board on their professionalism and diversity.
Next regular meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2007.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mr. Beson made a motion to adjourn. Ms. Ham-McZee seconded and the board unanimously passed the motion. The meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.
Eugene F. Gwizdala, Secretary