February 19, 2009




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

George J. Biltz (1:07)        Jon Lynch                            Jeff Nagel                              Paul Wyche, Saginaw News

Kenneth W. Distler                                                        Andre R. Borrello                  Angela Osmond, TSA

Darnell Earley                                                                 Debbie Meisel                        John Palen, Midland Issues

Brian K. Elder                                                                                                               Cheryl Wade, Midland Daily News

Eugene F. Gwizdala                                                                                                              

Ernie Krygier                                                                                                               

Hollis H. McKeag                                                                                                        

Joyce J. Seals                                                                




MINUTES:  Mr. Gwidala made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Commission Meeting held on January 15, 2009 and the minutes of the Special Meeting held on February 9, 2009. Ms. Seals seconded the motion.  Ms. Seals wanted to reiterate her comment during Public Comment at the January 15, 2009 meeting.  The Commission wants people to come to the airport therefore the Commission Meetings should be held at the airport versus the suggestion to have them in various places in the communities.  Chairman Distler also wanted to thank those who juggled their schedules to be able to attend the Special Meeting on February 9th.  There being no further discussion, the motion passed unanimously


JANUARY 2009 WARRANTS AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARIES:  Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the January Payroll Account Check Numbers 84425-84482, void checks #84423 and 84424; the January Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 39084-39180, void check #39121; and the January Cash and Investment Summaries.  Ms. Seals seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.




GREAT LAKES LOONS PROPOSAL:  Mr. Nagel stated that since Bolger & Battle were hired as the airport’s marketing/PR firm, they have been working to find a sponsor partnership with the Great Lakes Loons.  Bolger & Battle recommended the following:


1.        MBS Ball Launch (10 Games)

-    Fans purchase tennis balls to throw on the field prior to fireworks after the game.

-    One winner will receive a round-trip ticket out of MBS (ticket purchased by the Loons, not by MBS).

-    On-field signage.

-    Scoreboard introduction.

-    PA announcements.


2.       MBS Stolen Bases
-    MBS will be official sponsor of all team stolen bases.
-    PA, video and radio recognition.
-    Website advertisement.

3.       Radio Sponsorship
-    One commercial during every Loons game (home and away).
-    One commercial during weekly major league baseball games on ESPN 100.9 FM
     including playoffs and World Series.


The total cost of this package is $15,000 for the 2009 season.  This is slightly more than the combined Saginaw Spirit packages.  Mr. Nagel stated that this is a good value and an excellent venue for MBS.  He also stated that this was discussed with the Marketing Committee and they agreed with the recommendation to move forward.  Mr. Elder made a motion to approve the Great Lakes Loons 2009 promotion package in the amount of $15,000 with Mr. Krygier seconding. 


Mr. Krygier stated that since the airport has advertising with Saginaw and Midland, he would like to see something with Bay County.  Chairman Distler stated that MBS was one of the big sponsors of the Pig Gig at one time and that the Marketing Committee is very conscious of spreading the advertising dollars.  Mr. Nagel stated that when minor league baseball was first discussed there was talk of it being in Bay City and he had thought the airport should participate, however the team came to Midland.  Mr. Nagel stated that he would take recommendations from Bay County for advertising in that area and then have Bolger & Battle review.  There being no further discussion the motion passed unanimously.


Chairman Distler stated that the package with the Loons is exciting.  The Marketing Committee and management are aware of all three communities and will be watching for something to participate with in Bay County.


TERMINAL ENHANCEMENT BIDS:  Mr. Nagel stated that he has been working with the Marketing Committee to proceed with some enhancements to the existing terminal building.  Even though the new building is moving forward, it is important to keep up the condition of the current building.


A local interior design firm assisted in preparing the specifications and bid documents.  Four local companies were pre-qualified to bid on this work as a “sole source” provider.  Bids were opened on February 5, 2009 and the following two bids were received:


             Space Inc.                               $167,104.25

             Allied Office Interiors            $173,908.22

Both bids were under the estimated budget.  This money is in the 2009 Budget and these items were all on the Ten-Year Capital Plan for completion in 2009 at an estimated amount of $198,000.


This bid includes the following work:


             -    New entrance tiles at all terminal entrances.

             -    New carpeting in all public areas up to and including the passenger screening checkpoint.

             -    New vinyl flooring in front of airline ticket counters and rental car counters.

             -    Interior painting.

             -    Replacement of casework at rental car counters.

             -    New benches and trash cans for front of the terminal.


The Marketing Committee has supported this recommendation.   Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to approve the bid of Space Inc. in the amount of $167,104.25 for terminal enhancements, authorize the airport attorney to draft a contract for the work, and authorize the Chairman to sign all related documents.  Mr. Krygier seconded the motion.  It was asked if the bid was selected based on the lowest bid.  Mr. Nagel stated that Space Inc. was selected based on the lowest bid that met all the specifications and qualifications.  The four companies that were pre-qualified were local companies. Space Inc. is from Midland and Allied Office Interiors is from Bay City.  The work will begin this spring.  There being no further discussion, the motion passed unanimously. 


Chairman Distler stated that this has been discussed with the Marketing Committee and it is important to emphasize to the three communities that the Board has not turned its back on this airport.  Even though the airport is looking forward to a new terminal it is important to serve the people now that are using it and is willing to put a substantial amount of money into it.  Mr. Biltz stated that it was important to balance not to spend more money that what would be utilized prior to the new terminal.


OLD BUSINESS:  Mr. Nagel stated that the new MBS website is up and running at www.iflymbs.com.  The current MBS website address is automatically redirected to the new one.  Bolger & Battle did an excellent job of giving the website a new look.  It does have the new “Book It Now” feature which was approved by the Board and is a part of Swift Trip where you can search, compare, and purchase airline tickets.  Mr. Nagel stated there is also a new brochure currently at the printers.  It states the community support and economic development along with ten reasons to fly from MBS. 


Mr. McKeag asked when customers use the website to purchase a ticket, where do they go if they have a problem.  Mr. Nagel stated that Swift Trip is affiliated with Passageways Travel and there is a toll free number that the passenger can call.  Also during the process of booking the ticket, the passenger can call for live assistance.  MBS does not coordinate or issue the tickets.  Mr. McKeag also asked who receives the $10 for the booking.  Mr. Nagel stated that Passageways Travel receives $7 and MBS receives anything over $7.  Mr. Biltz stated that people are going to order tickets off the internet whether MBS offers it or not.  This makes it easier than going to another site.       


NEW BUSINESS:  Mr. Nagel thanked the board members that were able to attend the Special Meeting.  Nineteen bids were received for Phase II of the Terminal Project at 20% below the engineer’s estimate.  This project includes temporary fence, grading, and demolition.  Bierlein was the low bid.  The contract will be signed once the FAA grant is fully executed.  The FAA expedited the process and the FAA grant and the state contract are ready to be signed by the Chairman today.  Mr. Nagel stated that having the Special Meeting and RS&H doing the necessary work enabled MBS to meet the deadline and receive almost $1.1 million in FAA grants.


The FAA does expect a Part B to the grant process the second half of 2009.  Mr. Nagel will try to get a project in for that as well once he knows the deadline.  The Economic Stimulus Program that was signed this week has $1.1 billion for airport projects through the AIP program.  These projects must be shovel ready.  MBS has worked with RS&H to be ready.  The airport is lobbying to get some of the stimulus money but will not know until later this month or early March.  The Commission may have to move quickly depending on the timeframe for the grant.  


Mr. Nagel stated that the FAA has said they will issue the grants on their normal priority system.  In the past they have stated that although terminals are eligible they are not the highest priority item.  MBS has contacted local representatives to assist by contacting the FAA and informing them that the MBS project is shovel ready to go, has been in the planning stages for years, and has already received two FAA grants with regard to the project.  The project is justified.  It will create jobs which is what the stimulus is all about.  The terminal is unique in that it will create jobs in a broad scale of trade, from flatwork, steel, grading, or interior work as compared to a runway project.  Mr. Nagel asked the Commissioners that have contacts with representatives in Washington, to contact them and stress the importance of the project to the community, that it is shovel ready, and will create jobs.


Mr. Nagel stated that 22 airport executives toured MBS from the former Soviet Republic.  Nine different countries were represented.  The Department of Commerce arranged and brought them here.  They toured various airports that were about the same size as they had at home.  Mr. Riesinger gave them an operational tour of the airport including the Fire Station, Maintenance Department, and airfield.


ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS:  Next regular meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2009. 


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Biltz seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.



                                                                                                                                                            Eugene F. Gwizdala, Secretary