MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION
October 15, 2009
The meeting was held in the Airport Commission Board Room, 8600 Garfield Road, Freeland, Michigan 48623. Vice-Chairman Eugene Gwizdala called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Roll was called by Debbie Meisel.
Present Absent & Excused Staff Other
Steve Westerbeke, RS&H
SEPTEMBER 2009 WARRANTS AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARIES: Ms. Seals made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the September Payroll Account Check Numbers 84913-84977; the September Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 39734-39806; and the September Cash and Investment Summaries. Mr. Krygier seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.
PUBLIC COMMENT: None.
ELECTION OF SECRETARY: Mr. Nagel stated that the airport needs to elect someone to the position of Secretary. According to the Commission By-Laws, “The MBS International Airport Commission shall elect no more than one (1) officer (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary) from each of the three owning municipalities”. Since the current Chairman is from Midland and the Vice Chairman is from Bay County, the new Secretary must be from Saginaw. Ms. Braddock nominated Joyce Seals as Secretary with Mr. Krygier seconding. Vice-Chairman Gwizdala asked three times for additional nominations. There being none, Mr. Krygier made a motion to unanimously appoint Joyce Seals as Secretary. Ms. Braddock seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION: Mr. Nagel stated that Hollis McKeag is currently the City Council Representative for the City of Midland on the MBS Airport Commission. Mr. McKeag is not running for another term for Midland City Council, therefore, he will not be reappointed to the Airport Commission after November 10, 2009.
In recognition of the time Mr. McKeag has served the airport, Mr. Nagel read the following resolution.
MBS International Airport Commission
Resolution of Appreciation
The MBS International Airport Commission
recognizes with great appreciation the dedicated service of
HOLLIS H. MCKEAG
who has served the airport and the owner communities since 2003. During his years of service he has shared his many years of vast aviation experience, his understanding of community needs, and his knowledge of aviation related activities and concerns with the Commission. He has willingly aided the airport manager and management staff as an active member of the Finance Committee.
His counsel, support, and input will be missed by all who have served and worked with him, and the best wishes of all go with him as he leaves us for new opportunities.
This Resolution of Appreciation was unanimously adopted at a regular meeting of the MBS Airport Commission on October 15, 2009 and shall be retained in the permanent minutes of the Commission.
MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION
Bay County City of Midland City of Saginaw
Eugene F. Gwizdala George J. Biltz Joyce J. Seals
Ernie Krygier Jon Lynch Darnell Earley
Brian K. Elder Bregitte Braddock
Jeff Nagel, Airport Manager
Andre Borrello, Airport Attorney
Mr. Krygier made a motion to approve the Resolution of Appreciation for Hollis McKeag and Mr. Lynch seconded. Ms. Seals told Mr. McKeag that they will miss his great wisdom on the Finance Committee and thanked him for all he had done. Mr. Lynch presented Mr. McKeag with a framed copy of the resolution. Mr. Gwizdala also thanked Mr. McKeag and the Board applauded him. Mr. McKeag stated that he has been associated with the airport since 1960 and has enjoyed it. The Board passed the motion unanimously.
2010 LOONS SPONSORSHIP: Mr. Nagel stated that in 2009 MBS agreed to a partnership with the Great Lakes Loons. The $15,000 package included several elements such as “stolen base” sponsor, website ads, radio ads and the MBS ball launch at selected home games before the fireworks. Overall, the package was received very well within the region. The package also places MBS with larger community partners in the area.
Bolger & Battle and Mr. Nagel met with representatives of the Loons to discuss the 2010 plans. The following partnership was agreed to for 2010. The cost has increased slightly to $15,500.
One aspect of our marketing program has always been to build a partnership with the communities. The Loons package, as well as the Saginaw Spirit package, helps meet that goal. Mr. Nagel and Bolger & Battle continue to look for sponsorship items in Bay County of equal value. This proposal was presented to and supported by the Marketing Committee. Ms. Seals made a motion to approve the Great Lakes Loons 2010 partnership for $15,500. Mr. Krygier seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
AIP 2009 Grant: Mr. Nagel stated that at the September meeting it was reported that MBS may receive an additional AIP 2009 grant. That item was added to the agenda to approve it for signature since if it was issued it would need to be signed and submitted quickly. The next week MBS was notified that it had received $2,850,075 in an additional grant. Mr. Nagel stated that RS&H did a substantial amount of work to prepare a project that was submitted to the FAA. It was good that the resolution was passed last month because the FAA required a one day turnaround on the signatures. This project should be bid early next year.
AIP Funding: On a national level, Mr. Nagel stated that for the past two years AIP has been on Continued Resolution. Last year the grants were received in two parts which makes it hard to bid out large projects. A multi-year bill would enable MBS to fund projects and have a better outlook with projects. Yesterday, Mr. Nagel and RS&H met with the FAA and the State for the annual planning meeting. Congress has passed a three month extension through the end of the year which will continue to collect taxes and fees. They are hoping that by January Congress may pass a multi-year bill versus a three or six month bill. Mr. Nagel stated he will keep the Board updated. There is no impact on MBS right now.
Mr. Krygier asked if it would be in MBS’ best interest to share these concerns and information with the legislators. Congressmen Camp and Kildee and representatives of Senator Stabenow and Levin were in attendance for the groundbreaking, and if they were kept informed it may be helpful to MBS.
Mr. Nagel stated that all four asked to be kept informed in how MBS was doing in the process. Mr. Nagel agreed that it would be good to get in touch with the people in Washington and if necessary go there.
News Article: Mr. Nagel stated that a Wall Street Journal article had been given to each Commissioner. The article does an excellent job at explaining some of the shifts in airline travel and where the nation is with the airline carriers and passengers.
Investments: Mr. Nagel stated that the Finance Committee had recommended investigation into a third bank. Funds are with Bank of America and Chemical Bank. The airport did have money in a third bank however that balance was used for the purchase of the property. After some investigation, Chase Bank was chosen. Mr. Nagel stated that the return on investment has been very low however the balance has been secure. Chase offers a High Yield Savings Account that earns interest but is insured through a collateralization process. Chase will appear on the Cash and Investment Summary for October.
Mr. Nagel also informed the Board that the investments at Chemical Bank have now been invested in the CDARS Program where the CD is actually divided by a number of banks to have it fully FDIC insured.
Proposal: Mr. McKeag had proposals handed out to the Board members. He explained that the passenger count has been declining since 1999 with an estimated 13% drop this year. In his opinion, the decline is from the fare differential between Flint and MBS and the economy. He strongly feels that MBS needs a marketing manager and a marketing committee. This person would work with the air carriers in an attempt to enable rates and services from MBS to be more competitive. The marketing committee would have up to 20 people, with representatives from industry, travel and convention bureaus, economic organizations and chambers of commerce, Airport Commission and airport staff. Ms. Seals made a motion to refer this information to the Marketing Committee. Mr. Krygier seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS: Next regular meeting is scheduled for November 19, 2009.
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 1:27 p.m.
Joyce Seals, Secretary