Loading...
02-11-2010 C11Vof las ruces 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 11, 2010 Members Present: Bill Squires, Randy Ranels, Ross Palmer, Doug Lashley, Joe Beck Members Absent: Fred Fusselman, Anthony Levatino Others Present: Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Airport Administrative Assistant; Michael Harris, Delta Airport Consultants, Phyllis Scott, Adventure Aviation, Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation, Leon Billstone, EAA, Saf Canja, EAA. Chair Bill Squires called the meeting to order at 12 05 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 January 14, 2010 Board meeting Mr Beck moved, seconded by Mr Palmer, to approve the minutes as submitted, motion carried unanimously ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INTRODUCTIONS None 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. He stated that the project started on July 1, 2009, and that it was to run for 270 days, and that there are 64 days left on the project. Mr Harris stated that the contractors are starting to work in Area "D", and that they have 60 days to complete that work. He said that they are in day 32 of the 60, and that they have lost 16 days due to the weather Mr Harris stated that JAR Concrete will be given an extension on Area "D", but not on the whole project. He reported that while they are waiting for the ground to dry out, they are working on joints, signs, etc He said that they still have a good chance to complete the project by April 15th, but if the weather patterns continue, the project completion date could be extended In closing, Mr Harris reported that the FAA will have to do a flight check before they can turn the ILS (Instrument Landing System) back on, but Runway 12-30 can still be opened with the ILS NOTAMed out of service He also announced that the project is under budget at this time Airport Manager's Report: Mrs Murphy read the following Manager's Report: Runway 12-30 Reconstruction The very wet weather has impacted the progress of the runway reconstruction work Mike Harris will provide a full report at the AAB meeting AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — FEBRUARY 11, 2010 Page 2 Control Tower Environmental Assessment: We are still waiting for a final determination on the EA from the FAA. The procurement process for the control tower design work is currently underway Given the very specialized nature of control tower design, this will be a lengthy process involving multiple subcontractors City Council Items City Council approved Ben Haines' request for a new land lease at their January 19 meeting Surveillance Broadcast Systems Tower- ITT Corporation has submitted a building permit application to the City to start the radio tower construction Aviation Day- As I have heard nothing from NMSU about a repeat to the Thunder on the Rio Grande air show this year, I would like to propose that the airport hold an "aviation day" open house The public could come, visit the airport, see static displays of local aircraft and learn about what the airport has to offer without incurring huge costs associated with an actual air show If anyone is interested in being a part of this or just helping me plan, please let me know Cell Phone Tower Rezoning Request: As a result of the applicant filing for an airspace evaluation from the FAA, a determination of"No Hazard to Air Navigation" has been received from the FAA Air Traffic Airspace Branch Surprisingly, FAA is not requiring that the tower be marked or lighted Continued opposition to the tower is probably not warranted given the FAA's determination, but airport management would like to request that Verizon voluntarily light the tower Legislative Guide Airport Advertisement: A nice ad promoting the Airport and the West Mesa Industrial Park was published in the Las Cruces Bulletin's 2010 Legislative Guide Thanks to Economic Development Administrator Christine Logan for getting this done Hangar for Sale Colonel Stein is selling his very nice hangar If you or anyone you know is interested, give the airport office a call Fuel Farm I am continuing to try to determine exactly what needs to be done to the fuel farm to make it compliant with upcoming changes to New Mexico Environment Department regulations The first estimate I received was prohibitive, around $330,000, so I am having the company that provided the estimate revise the scope of work and try to come up with something more affordable that still meets requirements The FAA will not pay for fuel farm improvements with AIP funding so I am seeking other funding opportunities New Keypads City Electricians have installed a new key pad at the East Gate, and will soon be installing new ones at the Terminal and West Gates These new keypads should work better than the old ones and are also lighted for ease of night use As of right now, we are not changing gate codes In addition to what was in the written report, Mrs Murphy reported that over a dozen golf balls were found on Runway 8 and in the safety areas She stated that no one has admitted to doing it, but it stopped after she sent out an e-mail to all airport tenants and AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — FEBRUARY 11, 2010 Page 3 users advising them of the dangers to aircraft and possible loss of life Mr Palmer stated that he also sent out an e-mail to tenants and users regarding the issue Mrs Murphy reported that glider activities needed to come through her for approval She stated that the C.A.P towed a glider, and people were on the runway without permission, and an electrical cord was severed that provided temporary power to the lights on Runway 8/26 Mrs Murphy stated that the Airport will have a flat-line budget next year She also reported that she has personally ordered special logo (I soloed at Las Cruces International Airport) baseball caps to be handed out to pilots who solo here In closing her report, Mrs Murphy stated that the Fire Department would be doing turret training on Runway 4/22 today, and that the runway would not need to be closed for the activity NEW BUSINESS Cell Phone Tower Zone Change Application Mrs Murphy stated that she wrote a lengthy memo to the Community Development department in opposition to the cell phone tower zone change that would allow a cell phone tower to be placed along the Frontage Road near the National Guard Armory She said that the FAA sent a letter stating that the proposed location did not present a hazard, and did not even require them to light the tower Mrs Murphy stated that Verizon has agreed to light the tower Mr Billstone stated that the proposed tower is less than a mile from the runway, and that if they change the zoning code this could become a pattern for other companies to place towers in that locale Mr Billstone asked the Board to take a stand on changing the zoning code, or more towers will be added He stated that he planned on attending the zoning meeting to protest against the zoning change Mr Beck moved, seconded by Mr Palmer, that no tower be built within a five (5) radius of the Airport, and that they are required to be lit; motion carried unanimously Mrs Murphy stated that the current zoning does not allow any towers in the Industrial Park, and that is what this zone change application is trying to do Following further discussion, Mr Beck moved, seconded by Mr Lashley, to recommend that the established requirements for the Industrial Park be adhered to and enforced, motion carried unanimously Wayne Wallace Request for New Land Leases Mrs Murphy stated that Mr Ben Haines just had a new lease approved by the City Council She said that it makes the hangars more valuable to have the longer lease terms Mrs Murphy gave a report on the current lease terms on Parcels 10 and 16 held by Mr Wayne Wallace, and stated that he has asked for new 30 year leases with two 5-year extensions on both parcels She said that the new leases would quadruple his rent, and that he is aware of it. She went on to say that she does not have any objections to granting the new leases AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — FEBRUARY 11, 2010 Page 4 Mr Ranels moved, seconded by Mr Beck, to recommend approval of new land leases to Mr Wallace for parcels 10 and 16, motion carried unanimously OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST AND PUBLIC COMMENT Airport Open House Mrs Murphy stated that the Airport could host an Open House for not much money if the Board was interested in doing it. Mr Billstone stated that the EAA could contact members for static displays, and possibly give airplane rides to kids, but will need to check on their insurance coverage Mrs Murphy said that she will see what AOPA can provide, and stated that they also help advertise such events Mr Squires stated that the Board is in full support of an Airport Open House With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 1 05 PM �L Ch it Recording cr