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08-13-2009 Citv Las r aces P E O P L E N E L P I N G P E O P L E AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING City of Las Cruces, New Mexico August 13, 2009 Members Present: Bill Squires, Fred Fusselman, Randy Ranels, Ross Palmer, Joe Beck Members Absent: Doug Lashley Others Present: Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Airport Admin Asst., Michael Harris, Delta Airport Consultants, Rob Wood, visitor; Jim Rosell, AOPA, Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation, Ted Morris, visitor; Leon Billstone, EAA. Chair Bill Squires called the meeting to order at 12 01 p m in the Airport Conference Room, and a quorum was noted MINUTES The first order of business was to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2009 Board meeting Mr Palmer moved, seconded by Mr Fusselman, to approve the minutes as submitted, motion carried unanimously ANNOUNCEMENTS Mrs Murphy announced that three Airport Advisory Board applications had been sent to the Mayor's office for selection of a new member UNFINISHED BUSINESS None REPORTS Runway 12-30 Progress Report: Mr Mike Harris, Project Manager, gave a progress report on the Runway 12-30 Rehabilitation Project. His report covered the following items overview of project; what work had been done so far; runway is being built to FAA standards, April 15, 2010 completion date, Runway 4/22 will be closed for 60 days while completing intersection, 1,000 foot displaced threshold on 8/26 while working on south end of runway A question and answer period followed the report with the following questions being addressed Mr Billstone asked if the concrete would be reinforced with wire Mr Harris replied that it would have a rock sub-base mixed with concrete, and would not require reinforcement with wire Mr Morris wanted to know it the temperature changes from hot during the day to cold at night would affect the pouring of concrete Mr Harris stated that the cool temperature would not be a problem, but the really hot days could pose the problem of drying the concrete too quickly He said that having the batch plant on site would help tremendously with the project. Mr Harris was asked if they planned on pouring concrete at night. He replied that Plan "A" was to pour during the day, and Plan "B" was to pour at night. Mr Harris was asked to explain the differences between a concrete and an asphalt runway Mr Harris explained that a concrete runway will last longer, 20 years or more, without expensive repairs He said that concrete is more expensive, but unlike asphalt it will not rut or need resurfacing Mr Morris asked if the soil AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES —AUGUST 13, 2009 Page 2 acidity would deteriorate the concrete Mr Harris answered that the sub base is different on a concrete runway, and that the sub-base material being used on the project meets or exceeds the standards Mr Harris explained the maintenance procedures for a concrete runway He said that the Airfield Maintenance Technicians will only have to inspect the runway and joints and keep them sealed with a silicone caulk. He said that the joints should be good for 12-15 years before they need to be re-caulked Mr Morris urged Mrs Murphy not to allow any aircraft over 30,000 pounds to land on Runway 4/22 and damage it. He suggested that there be a PPR requirement for anything over 30, 000 pounds Mrs Murphy said that she would add the weight limit to the PPR we have for aircraft with 30 passenger seats or more Airport Manager's Report: Mrs Murphy read the following Manager's Report: Groundwater Discharge Permit: The required documentation will be submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department for their review as soon as the septic tank company completes the last three tanks which are under paving Our next deadline for reporting will be January 28, 2010 Runway 12-30 Reconstruction Work on the runway began Monday, July 20 At this point, all existing asphalt pavement has been removed and the coarse grading work is being done Project Representative Mike Harris will present a full progress report at today's meeting Control Tower Environmental Assessment: No word from FAA. Rocket Racing League I have drafted a letter to Rocket Racing League to remind them yet again of their upcoming construction deadline on September 30 Unless I hear differently from Rocket Racing League, I will prepare a Resolution to take to Council on September 21 to terminate their land lease at the airport. WAAS Approach Survey LRU finally got to the top of the list for a WAAS Approach for Runway 26 The special survey needed to map the approach will be taking place this fall Hutson Lease Status" I spoke with Mr Stuart Hutson last week regarding lack of construction activity on his leased Parcel 40 When Mr Hutson went before City Council to request a second extension on his land lease, the Mayor gave him until March 20, 2009 to apply for a building permit, a deadline which Mr Hutson did not meet. Mr Hutson has assured me verbally that he will submit his building permit application by the end of August. Adventure Aviation Adventure Aviation General Manager Doug Newton wrote a letter dated July 31, 2009 to City Manager Terrence Moore requesting a deferment of their facility rent, citing the recent economic downturn Staff has prepared a response denying their request. Adventure is currently in arrears on their facility as well as their land leases AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — AUGUST 13, 2009 Page 3 Resignation of Tom Ferguson Airport Advisory Board Vice-Chair Tom Ferguson submitted his resignation from the Board last month The Mayor is presently reviewing pending AAB applications in order to make a new Board appointment. Runway 12-30 Groundbreaking Ceremony The City held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 15 at the approach end of Runway 30 It was well attended by members of the Las Cruces City Council, City administration, FAA, NM Aviation Division, NMDOT, and representatives from Senators Udall and Bingaman and Representative Teague's local offices Various print, radio and TV media covered the event. A reception followed in the terminal Letter to American Airlines No reply yet from American Airlines Interestingly, this has generated quite a bit of public interest. Given the economic downturn and its impact on airlines, new service to Las Cruces is probably unlikely at this time, though we are always open to the possibility Las Cruces Airport Hangar Joint Venture Lease Status Mr Benny Davis has requested the termination of his land lease with the City for property located on the west side of the airport. He unfortunately did not receive any inquiries regarding building hangars on the leased property His lease will be terminated effective August 31, 2009, and the property will again be available for lease Film Crew at Airport: Actors Linda Hamilton, Christopher McDonald and Chris Payne Gilbert were at the airport filming scenes from the upcoming movie "Refuge" They were using an airport tenant's hangar for filming but did require access inside the fence in order to get to the hangar The crew and actors received airport safety training and did have authorization to be at the airport, but there were some concerns expressed by some airport tenants regarding the number of vehicles coming in and out of the gate and from one tenant who was working on his aircraft and was told by the film crew not to run up his engine while they were filming The film crew should not have asked the tenant to do that and if this situation arises in the future, I will ensure that any film crew knows that the curtailment of normal airport activities is not to be assumed or expected NEW BUSINESS None PUBLIC COMMENT AND DISCUSSION ITEMS Mr Billstone asked the Board if they planned on holding regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month without cancellations He stated that he would like to be able to publish the board meeting times in the EAA newsletter, but it was hard to do if they planned on cancelling meetings due to a lack of action items Mr Squires stated that it was his intention to hold all meeting at their regularly scheduled time Mr Morris stated that the Board should contact the City Council if more budget cutbacks are planned for the Airport. Mrs Murphy responded, that is why we maintain our Part 139 Certification, is so that we will have more leverage when it comes to needing money for maintenance projects AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES —AUGUST 13, 2009 Page 4 Mr Morris suggested that we consider ultra thin white top for Runway 4/22, which is a layer of concrete on top of the runway Mr Billstone stated that the EAA has an aircraft that they need to assemble, and then would like to put on static display on a post somewhere on their parcel With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting t 17 M Chair Recording ec t ry