MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION

 

May 4, 2009

 

MINUTES

                                                                           

A special meeting was held in the Airport Administration Building Conference Room, 8500 Garfield Road, Suite 104, Freeland, Michigan 48623.  Vice-Chairman Hollis McKeag called the meeting to order at 12:12 p.m.  Roll was called by Debbie Meisel.

 

COMMISSIONERS

 

Present                           Absent & Excused         Staff                         Guest           

Darnell Earley                George J. Biltz               Jeff Nagel                Boris Yakima, Mohaghan, LoPrete,

Brian K. Elder                Kenneth W. Distler        Andre R. Borrello        McDonald, Yakima, Grenke & McCarthy

Eugene F. Gwizdala        Jon Lynch                     Ryan Riesinger        

Ernie Krygier                                                         Debbie Meisel         

Hollis H. McKeag                                                                                 

Joyce J. Seals                

                                                                             

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:  None

 

PROPERTY ACQUISITION UPDATE:  Mr. Elder made a motion to go into closed session to consult with our attorney regarding trial or settlement strategy in connection with specific pending litigation, since such consultation would have a detrimental financial effect on the litigating or settlement position of the Commission if conducted at an open meeting.  Mr. Krygier seconded.  Vice-Chairman McKeag asked for a roll call vote.  Ms. Meisel took roll call as follows:  Mr. Earley, yes; Mr. Elder, yes; Mr. Gwizdala, yes; Mr. Krygier, yes; Mr. McKeag, yes; and Ms. Seals, yes.  The motion carried.  

 

Upon return from closed session, Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to accept the recommendation of the attorney made during closed session.  Mr. Krygier seconded.   Vice-Chairman McKeag asked for a roll call vote.  Ms. Meisel took roll call as follows:  Mr. Earley, yes; Mr. Elder, yes; Mr. Gwizdala, yes; Mr. Krygier, yes; Mr. McKeag, yes; and Ms. Seals, yes.  The motion carried.  

 

OLD BUSINESS:  None 

 

NEW BUSINESS:  None

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS:  Mr. Earley asked if all the funding is in place for the new passenger terminal.  Mr. Nagel stated that MBS received the $12.7 million stimulus grant.  This grant will include the completion of the site work, concrete foundation, and setting of the steel.  Bids will be brought to the Commission on May 21st.   RS&H continues to design the shell of the building and hopes to go out to bid in late 2009 or early 2010.  Mr. Nagel stated that the $12.7 grant for the terminal by the FAA is a testament of their commitment to the project.  MBS has asked for $24 million of discretionary money from the FAA and has received $12.7 million.  Mr. Nagel estimated that total of the three grants MBS has received to date, local commitment of $10 million, and PFCs, is about $30 million of the $48 million needed for the new terminal. 

 

Mr. Nagel stated that he is hoping the final interior design will be ready in May.      

 

Vice-Chairman McKeag asked the status of the updates to the current passenger terminal.  Mr. Riesinger stated that it is almost complete with 75 % of the carpet installed.

 

Discussion took place in regards to the Book It Now feature on the MBS website.

 

Next regular meeting is scheduled for May 21, 2009. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mr. Gwizdala made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Krygier seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 12:41 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            Eugene F. Gwizdala, Secretary