MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION

 

September 9, 2010

 

MINUTES

                                                                           

A special meeting was held in the Airport Commission Board Room, 8600 Garfield Road, Freeland, Michigan 48623.  Secretary Darnell Earley called the meeting to order at 4:31 p.m.  Roll was called by Ryan Riesinger.  Chairman Biltz arrived during roll call. 

 

COMMISSIONERS

 

Present                           Absent & Excused         Staff                             Guests

Tom Adams                   Bregitte Braddock         Jeff Nagel                     Mark Wilcer, RS&H

George J. Biltz               Greg Branch                   Andre R. Borrello         Steve Westerbeke, RS&H 

Darnell Earley                Eugene F. Gwizdala      Ryan Riesinger             

Brian K. Elder                                                                                            

Ernie Krygier                                                                                        

Paula Whittington                                                

 

                                                                                                                           

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:  None

 

FAA GRANT #4410:  Mr. Nagel stated that the FAA has contacted MBS about a potential discretionary grant for the terminal project.  This grant would be from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The original deadline for completion of ARRA grants was February, 2011.  However, it appears that the deadline has been extended until September 30, 2011.  This would allow MBS to use these funds to cover a portion of the Spence Brothers base bid, which was approved by the Commission at the August meeting.

 

The proposed grant is for $3,397,000 and would be 100% federal funds with no local and no State match.  This would be an excellent opportunity to help fund this phase of work.

 

Because the FAA requires discretionary grants to cover separate, identifiable pieces of work, RS&H has worked with Spence Brothers to carve out the following portions of their base bid.

 

      Terminal Building Enclosure, including:

 

-        Roof

-        Window Systems

-        Masonry Exterior

-        Concrete Floors

-        Miscellaneous Interior Steel

 

This work would meet the requirements of the ARRA and would meet the timeframe.

 

If MBS receives this grant, staff will be notified and require a signature by our Chairman, or Vice Chairman, with a very short turn-around allowed by the FAA.  Therefore, to put MBS in the best position possible, the grant resolution should be passed.  Mr. Earley made a motion to approve the attached Resolution for FAA Grant #4410 and authorized the Chairman, or in his absence the Vice-Chairman, to sign all related grant documents.

 

RESOLUTION

(AIP Grant #4410)

 

RESOLUTION ADOPTING AND APPROVING THE EXECUTION OF THE GRANT APPLICATION, GRANT AND ALL RELATED DOCUMENTS BY THE MBS AIRPORT COMMISSION, A SPECIAL STATUTORY BODY, ACTING AS SPONSOR FOR THE CITY OF MIDLAND, CITY OF SAGINAW, AND COUNTY OF BAY, MICHIGAN, AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING FEDERAL AID FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MBS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, UNDER PROJECT NO. 3-26-0083-4410.

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the MBS International Airport Commission,

Freeland, Michigan:

 

Section I.  That MBS International Airport Commission, on behalf of the City of Midland, the City of Saginaw and the County of Bay, Michigan, shall submit a Grant Application and enter into a Grant Agreement for the development of the MBS International Airport, and that such Grant Documents shall be set forth hereinbelow:

 

Section II.  That the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the MBS International Airport Commission, is hereby authorized and directed to execute said Grant Application, Grant Agreement, and all other related documents in (4) copies on behalf of the City of Midland, City of Saginaw, and County of Bay, Michigan, and the Airport Manager is hereby authorized and directed to impress the official seal and to attest said execution:

 

Section III.  That the Grant Application/Agreement referred to as Project 3-26-0083-4410.

 

Mr. Krygier seconded the motion.  Mr. Adams asked whether this money was anticipated.  Mr. Nagel explained that the finance plan the Board passed last month included an anticipated $5,000,000 discretionary grant for early 2011.  However, since that meeting FAA informed Mr. Nagel that they would be able give MBS $3.4 million through the stimulus program now.  This is earlier than planned and Mr. Nagel stated that he will continue to lobby for additional funds.  Chairman Biltz stated that the date being extended and some stimulus projects not able to comply allowed MBS to get additional funds.  Mr. Nagel and RS&H met with the Operations Committee on a regular basis to have options in place for opportunities such as this.  Mr. Krygier stated that Mr. Nagel needs to continue to have a good relationship with FAA in Detroit and Washington, as also with the congressional leaders.  Mr. Krygier stated that Mr. Nagel should continue to meet with them locally and in Washington to let them know how important this project is and that the money is being put to good use.  Mr. Nagel stated that he will continue the lobbying effort.  Chairman Biltz asked if the funding came in sooner than anticipated, could the terminal project finish in 2012.  Mr. Nagel stated that if the airport received the balance of the funds now, the project could be complete in 2012.  There being no further discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

 

ROOF ALTERNATE:  Mr. Nagel stated that along with the base bid for Spence Brothers which was approved in August, there were seven bid alternates proposed.  The theory behind this approach was to take advantage of any additional 2010 FAA money and approve some of, or all of, the alternates.

 

Although grant #4410 that was just approved is technically from 2010 funds, the requirements of the ARRA will not allow MBS to award most of the alternates.  The lone exception is an upgraded roofing system.  That alternate cost is $90,000 and Spence has stated that they can complete this in a timely manner.

 

Therefore, if MBS is successful in obtaining Grant #4410, it is the recommendation of RS&H to move forward with the upgraded roofing system as it provides a superior warranty.  Mr. Nagel also agrees.  Mr. Krygier made a motion to approve the Spence Brothers roofing bid alternate for $90,000 contingent on MBS receiving FAA Grant #4410.  Mr. Adams seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

OLD BUSINESS:  None

 

NEW BUSINESS:  None 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS:  Next regular meeting is scheduled for October 21, 2010.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mr. Krygier made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Elder seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 4:43 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            Darnell Earley, Secretary