Loading...
02-12-2009 i Citv oLas races 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 February 12, 2009 Members Present: Bill Squires, Randy Ranels, Doug Lashley, Ross Palmer, Fred Fusselman, Joe Beck Members Absent: Tom Ferguson Others Present: Gil Jones, City Councillor; Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Recording Secretary; Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation, Saf Canja, citizen, Bill Stein, airport tenant; Leon Billstone, EAA-555, Tim Gormley, Rocket Racing League, Don Griffin, visitor; Rob Wood, Highland Enterprises, Jim Rosell, AOPA Rep , Scott Breckner, NMSU — Special Events Chair Bill Squires called the meeting to order at 12 00 noon in the Airport Conference Room, and a quorum was noted MINUTES The first order of business was to approve the minutes of the January 8, 2009 Board meeting Mr Beck moved, seconded by Mr Fusselman, to approve the minutes as submitted, motion carried unanimously ANNOUNCEMENTS Mrs Murphy stated that Mr Weir, Community Development Director, sent a letter to the director of CID (Construction Industries Division) stating that the City of Las Cruces would be assuming all plan reviews, permitting and inspection activities for any privately funded and owned aircraft hangers within the LCIA. Mrs Murphy provided copies of the letter and said that this letter is just the first step in the process PRESENTATION Mr Scott Breckner gave an update on the progress of the proposed Airshow He stated that NMSU has agreed to be the co-presenter of the Airshow scheduled for May 29-31 Mr Breckner stated issues regarding the Airshow, such as parking logistics and the serving of beer/alcohol, have been submitted to the City Manager He said that they do not want to shuttle people from the Fairgrounds to the Airport, so they are preparing a parking plan that will allow them to park up to 10,000 people a day on the Airport. He stated that the parcels they use for parking will have to be cleared and treated in some way to keep the dust down Mr Breckner stated that tickets would be sold at the Pan Am Center and on-line with a cost of $10 for adults with two (2) free tickets for children under 12 He reviewed the list of performers, and stated that they have eleven under contract. They will have15 performances during the day, and will also have a night show, along with static displays and fly-overs by several military bases He said that he plans on holding a meeting with the airport tenants to • AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — FEBRUARY 12, 2009 Page 2 address any issues they might have Mr Breckner said that he would like to come back to the Board each month with an update on the progress of the Airshow UNFINISHED BUSINESS Trailer Policy Mrs Murphy reported that the Codes Department has written letters and made calls to tenants informing them of their Codes violations, and giving them a time limit to correct the violations Mrs Murphy said that the officer handling the Airport is out of the office until next week The Board tabled the issue until the next meeting REPORTS Airport Manager's Report: Mrs Murphy read the following Manager's Report: Groundwater Discharge Permit: There have been some issues with the bidding process for the Groundwater Discharge Permit but installation of the septic tank risers has begun Runway 12-30 Reconstruction Preliminary surveying work has been completed, as has geotechnical assessment work Now we are just waiting to hear from the FAA to see if we will have to phase the construction project or if we will get enough grant money to do it all at once Pavement Condition Reporting We have received the raw data from the Pavement Condition Reporting that the New Mexico DOT did I have the information should anyone wish to review it, but the preliminary results confirmed our suspicions that the subgrade beneath Runway 12-30 was not in good condition Control Tower Environmental Assessment: No word from FAA. Again, this is held up in the review process on the FAA side Rocket Racing League Rocket Racing League wishes to sell their larger hangar on Parcel 37 to Picacho Valley Group, LLC In order to do this, Council will have to terminate Rocket Racing League's lease for Parcel 37 and then enter into a new lease with Picacho Valley Group My understanding is that Rocket Racing League has given the City Manager a check for their 2009/2010 rent which is postdated for February 19, 2009, which was their new deadline for payment. City Council Items At their February 3, 2009 meeting, City Council approved the extension of the Smith land lease from 20 to 30 years and approved the grant application to FAA for the Runway 12-30 Phase One Design The Hutson land lease amendment was discussed at length and Council finally decided to give Mr Hutson only 45 days to apply for a building permit, which would be March 20, rather than the extension to September 1 that he had requested I will be taking the Rocket Racing League hangar sale items to Council on February 17 0 AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — FEBRUARY 12, 2009 Page 3 Oil Recycling- Airport staff has cleaned up the oil recycling area and has purchased a secondary containment unit to ensure all oil disposal is compliant with environmental regulations The new oil recycling station is located on the west side of the airport, and we ask all airport tenants to either use this or install their own compliant secondary containment units Garbage Disposal I would ask all airport tenants to please properly dispose of their trash The dumpsters at the airport are gladly provided as a service to our tenants but we don't have the staff or resources to deal with overfilling (which creates a FOD hazard), furniture or other large items left beside the dumpsters Thanks for your assistance F-100 Static Display Mrs Murphy said that she has received a letter from Patrica Ochs, with the USAF, stating that they are currently looking for a home for the F-100 She reported that we have contacted the War Eagles Museum Director and told him that if they are interested in having the F-100 to contact Ms Ochs Mrs Murphy also reported that the Spaceport Director could not attend today's meeting, but will try to get him to come to next month's meeting NEW BUSINESS Rocket Racing, Inc Land Lease Amendment and Glenn Porter Parcel 37 Land Lease Mrs Murphy gave a presentation on Rocket Racing, Inc issues, including the status of their hangar construction, and recent City Council actions in approving and additional lease extension amendment. She explained the Resolutions going before the City Council on February 17th - one that will terminate Parcel 37 from their lease, and another that will allow Glenn Porter to lease Parcel 37 The Board discussed the e-mail they received from Mr John Darden stating that he had requested in writing first consideration on all parcels made available by the Rocket Racing League (RRL), and his objections to leasing Parcel 37 to Mr Porter Mrs Murphy stated that Mr Darden never submitted earnest money on any of the parcels, and that Mr Porter had She explained the different options that the City Council could consider regarding the Rocket Racing, Inc , Lease Councillor Jones had several questions about the options, which Mrs Murphy and Mr Tim Gormley addressed Mr Gormley stated that Dr De La Vega approached the RRL about sub-leasing or buying a hangar from them, and that Mr Darden was part of that partnership He said that deal fell thru, and then Mr Porter asked to buy the hangar on Parcel 37 from the RRL with the understanding that when the RRL needed the hangar he would sell it back to the RRL. Mr Gormley stated that the RRL would not need a hangar for one to one and a half years, and did not want the hangars to sit empty Mr Billstone asked if liens were placed on the hangars by the builder, and Mrs Murphy responded that there were no liens placed Mr Gormley said that he would appreciate it if the Board would recommend approval of the two Resolutions Mr Beck moved, seconded by Mr Ranels, to recommend approval to terminate the Lease with Rocket Racing, Inc , for Parcel 37, motion carried with Mr 0 AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — FEBRUARY 12, 2009 Page 4 Palmer abstaining Mr Beck moved, seconded by Mr Lashley, to recommend approval of the Lease for Parcel 37 to Mr Porter; motion carried with Mr Palmer abstaining Mr Gormley stated that the RRL was waiting for confirmation on the $3 million appropriation, and once received they would move forward with the building of the other four hangars by September 2009 Kentosh Parcel 38 Land Lease Amendment: Mrs Murphy stated that Mr Kentosh had submitted a letter to her requesting an amendment to his lease extending the lease term from 20-years to 30-years with two 5-year extensions She said that most tenants currently have the 30-year leases, and that this extension would be a great benefit to him as he currently sub-leases his hangar to the only commercial aircraft maintenance company, Las Cruces Aero Services, on the airport. Mr Beck moved, seconded by Mr Fusselman, to recommend approval of the lease amendment; motion carried with Mr Ross abstaining Modular Buildings at the Airport: Mrs Murphy said that the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) can not build the offices they want on their parcel with the amount of grant money they will be receiving She said that the CAP along with other tenants would like to but modular buildings for office space on there parcels Mrs Murphy showed slides of several types of modular buildings, and asked the Board if they even wanted to allow them on the airport. Mr Lashley said that they would need to come up with standards of what would be allowed Mr Billstone stated that he thought there should be a separate area for modular buildings, if allowed, because there would not be enough room on most parcels to put up a modular building Mr Lashely suggested that they handle requests on an individual bases and not have a set policy on whether to allow them or not. The Board agreed that there should be standards set for modular buildings With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 1 34 PM h Recording S re