June 19, 2008




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 1:02 p.m.  Roll was called by Debbie Meisel.




Present                           Absent & Excused      Staff                      Other     

Kenneth W. Distler        George J. Biltz            Jeff Nagel             Rich Bostwick, NWA

Darnell Earley                Hollis H. McKeag       A. T. Lippert         David Grosan, NWA

Brian K. Elder                                                     Ryan Riesinger      John Palen, Midland Issues

Eugene F. Gwizdala                                              Debbie Meisel    Cheryl Wade, Midland Daily News

Ernie Krygier                                                                                  

Jon Lynch                                                         

Joyce J. Seals                                                                                     




MINUTES:  Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Commission Meeting held on May 15, 2008.  Mr. Krygier seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved by the Board.


MAY 2008 WARRANT AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARY:  Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the May Payroll Account Check Numbers 83860-83916; the May Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 38462-38533; and the May Cash and Investment Summary.  Mr. Earley seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.


PUBLIC COMMENT:  Rich Bostwick introduced David Grosan, NWA Senior National Account Representative.


RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION:  Bill Keith has been employed in the Maintenance Department at MBS since 1974 and has announced his intention to retire at the end of June.  A Resolution has been prepared that demonstrates the appreciation for Bill’s 33 years of service to MBS.  Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to approve the following Resolution of Appreciation for Bill Keith.


MBS International Airport Commission

Resolution of Appreciation


The MBS International Airport Commission

recognizes with great appreciation the dedicated service of




who has served the airport and the owner communities since 1974. He began his career as a Mechanic and was promoted to Lead Mechanic in 1986.  Bill was again promoted, this time to Airport Maintenance Supervisor, in 1999.  Bill has successfully assisted the management team in his years as supervisor.  His tireless efforts are noticed especially during the winter snow removal season.


Bill will be missed by all who have served and worked with him, and the best wishes of his fellow employees and airport management are with him as he retires.


This Resolution of Appreciation was unanimously adopted at a regular meeting of the MBS Airport Commission on June 19, 2008 and shall be retained in the permanent minutes of the commission.




Bay County                                            City of Midland                              City of Saginaw


Eugene F. Gwizdala                                  Hollis H. McKeag                                Kenneth W. Distler

Ernie Krygier Jr.                                        George J. Biltz                                     Joyce J. Seals

Brian K. Elder                                           Jon Lynch                                            Darnell Earley


Jeff Nagel, Airport Manager

A. T. Lippert, Jr., Airport Attorney


Ms. Seals seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


AIRFIELD PAINT MARKING:  MBS is required to maintain the airfield painting to meet FAA standards.  In the past, a 50/50 State/Local matching program had been utilized to fund this work.  The State advised that this program remains indefinitely suspended for air carrier airports.  Therefore, the 2008 painting will be funded from local funds, which were budgeted.


Although the State will not be contracting the work, they did receive bids to assist general aviation airports with this work.  Based on staff’s review of the bids, and the amount of work to be completed, it is recommended that Kenmark Inc. be hired to complete the painting at MBS this year. It appears from our estimates, and in talking directly with Kenmark, that the necessary painting can be completed for the budget amount of $18,650.


Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to authorize the Airport Manager to contract with Kenmark Inc. to complete airfield painting and authorize the Airport Manager to sign all related documents.  Mr. Krygier seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


AIRFIELD CRACK SEALING:  Mr. Nagel stated that like the airfield paint marking, there will not be an airfield crack sealing Local/State program for air carrier airports.  This work will need to be funded locally.


The State received bids for crack sealing work at general aviation airports.  Based on staff’s review of these bids, it is recommended that Fahrner Asphalt Sealers be hired to perform the crack sealing at MBS this year.  The 2008 budget amount for crack sealing is $15,000 which should be plenty to cover the estimated work.  Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to authorize the Airport Manager to contract with Fahrner Asphalt Sealers to complete crack sealing work at MBS and to authorize the Airport Manager to sign all related documents.  Ms. Seals seconded and the Board passed the motion unanimously.


MARKETING COMMITTEE UPDATE:  Chairman Distler, on behalf of the Marketing Committee, stated that the committee had met recently with the new marketing group, Bolger and Battle.  Bolger and Battle went over their marketing plan and strategy which they were hired to prepare.  The committee discussed this plan and various ways to continue to move forward including both the “Fly MBS” and “Build MBS” program.  The committee strongly recommends the approval of the next step as outlined and feels it would be prudent use of marketing funds that have been budgeted this year.  This plan sets the priorities for the remainder of the year and continues to build momentum for MBS’ marketing and public relations efforts. 


Other activities of the Marketing Committee include advocacy for funding of the new terminal (Build MBS); airfare monitoring; airline service issues (cancellation/delays); and actively trying to recruit a third airline into MBS using the DOT Small Community Air Service Grant.


Another area of focus is the enhancement of MBS through the new terminal construction.  Mr. Nagel will need to balance costs with benefits but the committee has discussed the aesthetics of the existing terminal and improved customer service.  Staff will continue to work hard and bring recommendations to the Board. 


Mr. Nagel added that these items are Bolger and Battle costs.  Any advertising costs are in addition to this total.   


The following priorities are recommended for the remainder of 2008.


             Advertising Media Development/All Media                                              $20,000

             Public Relations Activities                                                                         $15,000

             Website Update and Phase I Enhancements                                              $10,000

             Development of Quarterly Newsletter                                                         $5,000

             MBS Literature Piece/All Audiences                                                           $6,000

             Flash/PowerPoint Presentation Development                                              $6,500

             Advertising Poster Development                                                                 $5,000

             Media Research and Planning                                                                      $2,500



Mr. Krygier made a motion to approve the costs outlined associated with the MBS marketing and public relations program and authorization for the Airport Manager to sign all related documents.   Mr. Gwizdala seconded.  After brief discussion the motion passed unanimously.


OLD BUSINESS:  Mr. Nagel stated that the State Legislators passed the Capital Outlay Bill.  He thanked those Board Members that contacted the local legislators to get support for this bill.  The airport can now continue with the 2008 projects.  Chairman Distler and Mr. Lippert signed the grant for $1.6 million and it has been returned to the State who will forward it to the FAA.  The grant should be issued the end of June or the first part of July with construction starting this summer.


NEW BUSINESS:  Mr. Riesinger stated that MBS was notified by TSA that the airport will be receiving a new piece of screening equipment called a CT80 Reveal Machine which will greatly enhance security check capabilities and reduce the amount of time required to process checked baggage.  It will be located behind the ticket counter.  Due to the equipment’s power requirements, the airport will need to make an improvement to the electrical capability in that area.  Staff coordinated with an electrical engineer from Peckham Engineering to develop the necessary electrical improvements and three quotes were received.  The low quote was for $8,400 from Taunt Electric.  This amount is within the Airport Manager’s limit therefore this is for informational purposes only.  The board members had various questions.  Mr. Riesinger stated that this machine is new technology resulting in bags not needing to be opened since it is an X-ray type machine.  MBS is fortunate to receive one.  Service on the machine is the responsibility of TSA. 


ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS:  Next regular meeting is scheduled for July 17, 2008. 


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to adjourn.  Ms. Seals seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 1:22 p.m.



                                                                                                                                                            Eugene F. Gwizdala, Secretary