February 17, 2011




The meeting was held in the Airport Commission Board Room, 8600 Garfield Road, Freeland, Michigan 48623.  Vice Chairman Darnell Earley called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.  Roll was called by Debbie Meisel.




Present                        Absent & Excused          Staff                            Other                                 

Tom Adams                George J. Biltz                 Jeff Nagel                   Tony Lascari, Midland Daily News

Bregitte Braddock                                               Andre R. Borrello              

Greg Branch                                                         Debbie Meisel            

Kim Coonan                                                                                           

Darnell Earley                                                                                          Guests

Ernie Krygier                                                                                           Steve Westerbeke, RS&H   

Tom Ryder                                                                                             

Paula Whittington                                                                                  




MINUTES:  Mr. Krygier made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Commission Meeting held on January 20, 2011.  Mr. Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved by the Board.


JANUARY 2011 WARRANTS AND CASH & INVESTMENT SUMMARIES:  Mr. Adams made a motion to approve the Warrant Registers for the January Payroll Account Check Numbers 85929-85984; the January Operations and Maintenance Check Numbers 40944-41021; and the January Cash and Investment Summaries.  Mr. Coonan had questions on the Cash and Investment Summary. After discussion, Mr. Krygier seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved it.




COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS:  Mr. Nagel stated that due to the recent changes on the Airport Commission, the committee structure needed to be re-evaluated.  Each committee is made up of one member from each of the three owning municipalities.  The committees will be as follows:


OPERATIONS:  Darnell Earley, Chairman; George Biltz; and Ernie Krygier

FINANCE:  Tom Adams, Chairman; Greg Branch; and Kim Coonan

MARKETING:  George Biltz, Chairman; Tom Ryder; and Bregitte Braddock      

PERSONNEL:  Darnell Earley, Chairman; Paula Whittington; and Ernie Krygier


Mr. Krygier made a motion approving the committee structure.  Mr. Branch seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

PHASE V PROJECT CHANGE ORDER #002 (SPENCE BROTHERS CONTRACT):  Mr. Nagel stated that work continues to move forward on the Phase V portion of the terminal project.  This work is under the Spence Brothers contract and was actually authorized by two separate Notice-To-Proceeds because of the different FAA grants to be used for funding this portion of work.  As a complex project like this moves forward, there is bound to be a need for change orders.  The first change order was actually approved months ago when the Airport Commission approved a higher-quality roofing system for the building.  This change order also addresses the roof but it changes a portion of the flat roof from a “fully-adhered” roof system to a mechanical fastened roof system.  This change will allow Spence to move forward with the installation of the roofing system in these extreme weather conditions.  This does not impact the quality of the roof or the warranty provided for the roof.  The increase in cost is $8,352.07 and is the only cost increase on this change order.  The remaining items are all related to field modifications and represent cost decreases to the project. As you can see from the attached change order, the total contract cost actually decreases by $19,987.62 for all of these items. 


It should be noted that the additional costs are eligible, pending FAA funding.  It should also be noted that there will most-likely be additional change orders through this phase of work.


This change was recently submitted and reviewed by RS&H.  It is the recommendation of RS&H to approve this change order in February rather than wait for the March meeting.  Because of the timeliness, this change order has not been reviewed at the committee level.  Mr. Ryder made a motion to approve the Spence Brothers Contract Change Order #002 and authorize the Chairman, or in his absence the Vice Chairman to sign the related documents.  Mr. Krygier seconded the motion.  Mr. Krygier asked about the roof change order.  Mr. Nagel stated the change order is only to how the roof adheres and will not change the quality or the warranty of the roof.  There being no further discussion, the motion passed unanimously.


OLD BUSINESS:  Mr. Nagel stated that the AIP program in Washington, D.C. is not resolved.  Mr. Nagel traveled to Washington a few weeks ago to meet with legislators and the FAA to discuss the airport project.  The AIP program currently continues through March and he is anticipating another continuing resolution or he also has heard a possibility of a multi-year AIP bill.  There is pressure from the industry to pass a multi-year bill so that airports can plan multi-year projects.  The industry is saying that this would be a good “jobs” bill.  Mr. Nagel will continue to monitor and report back to the Board.     




MAAE:  Mr. Nagel stated that he is the President of MAAE and was just at a conference in Lansing. Yesterday, Kirk Steudle, MDOT Director, was the luncheon speaker.  He spoke about the budget passing at the state level and how it will impact aviation.  The State could be unable to match Federal funds and there is concern with what will happen with AIP grants.


Snow Storm:  Mr. Nagel updated the Board in regards to the snow storm on February 2nd.  MBS received nearly a foot of snow.  None of the flights that were cancelled in and out were because of MBS actions.  The airlines cancelled the flights.  Since the flights were not coming in or going out, staff pulled the crews off the runways early in the morning since they were unable to keep up.  Night shift stayed and helped some of the day shift coming into work that was getting stuck.  They also did public assistance.  They helped the control tower employees by plowing them out.  The airport also had heard of a family that was stuck north of the airport.  The people had gotten through to 911 but were told it would take a couple of hours.  The airport employees were able to get them out and brought them back to the passenger terminal. Mr. Nagel read a thank you letter from the tower.  The tower furnished pizza and cake for the MBS employees.  Mr. Nagel also read a thank you letter from the family that was stuck.  They sent gift certificates for Buffalo Wild Wings so staff got chicken wings to add to the pizza luncheon.  Dow Chemical also furnished a cake at another time to show their appreciation. 


The airport was closed since flights were canceled. The maintenance crew went back out after breakfast.  The runways were open for the first general aviation arrival which was Dow Chemical and then remained open for the remaining Delta flights.  There was a total of 80 hours of overtime working just that storm.  Some of the employees were at the airport around the clock, punched out and slept in the fire station, got up and went back out.  Mr. Nagel stated that Mr. Riesinger did several media interviews regarding the storm.  Mr. Nagel said he did a good job and thought it was a good story for him to handle.  Mr. Earley stated that the staff and everyone involved responded well to a very challenging situation.  Mr. Krygier asked about the supply for snow chemicals.  Mr. Nagel stated that there was an adequate supply of de-icing chemical on hand.                


AIP:  Mr. Coonan asked what the worst case scenario with the Federal and State budget reductions.  Mr. Nagel stated that the absolute worst would be if Congress let the Airport Improvement Program completely expire or they didn’t authorize any expenses but kept the taxes in place.  That would be met with huge resistance in the industry.  The money that funds the capital projects comes from ticket taxes and fees on airline tickets paid by the users.  The money is supposed to be dedicated to airport capital improvements throughout the country.  Mr. Nagel doesn’t think that Congress would ever let it expire.  He has seen reports where the funding levels for AIP would go down or grant funding for larger airports would get cut and they would have to rely solely on PFC revenues.  There are many different proposals but it is too early to speculate.  Mr. Nagel stated that he thinks there have been seventeen extensions to the existing AIP funding legislature.  Mr. Nagel reminded the board, that as the airport has gone through the construction of the new terminal, Congress has not let MBS down.


Thank You:  Mr. Earley thanked Mr. Nagel and staff for the response to the storm and keeping the airport functioning.  He asked that Mr. Nagel relay the Board’s appreciation to the employees. 


ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS:  Next regular meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2011.


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mr. Krygier made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Ryder seconded and the Board unanimously passed the motion.  The meeting adjourned at 1:19 p.m.




Ernie Krygier, Secretary