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03-11-2010 City of las Cruces AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING City of Las Cruces, New Mexico March 11, 2010 Members Present: Bill Squires, Randy Ranels, Ross Palmer, Fred Fusselman, Anthony Levatino Members Absent: Doug Lashley, Joe Beck Others Present: Brian Denmark, Facilities Director; Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Airport Administrative Assistant; Michael Harris, Delta Airport Consultants, Ted Morris, citizen, Gene Kennon, citizen, Bill Madden, WAM, Inc , Phyllis Scott, Adventure Aviation, Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation, Saf Canja, EAA. Chair Bill Squires called the meeting to order at 12 02 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 February 11, 2010 Board meeting Mr Palmer moved, seconded by Dr Levatino, to approve the minutes as submitted, motion carried unanimously ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS Mr Squires announced that three board members terms were expiring this month, Randy Ranels, Joe Beck, and his own Mrs Murphy presented framed certificates to Mr Squires and Mr Ranels (Mr Beck was absent), and thanked them for their service on the Board, and for helping her with special issues and projects, since she became Airport Manager After Mr Squires and Mr Ranels made parting statements about what they remembered most about their terms on the Board, Mr Denmark thanked them for their help and years of service to the Airport, Board, and community 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 announced that JAR has finished pouring the concrete, but it still needs to cure before they can finish the remaining work on the runway He stated that they still need to do the asphalt paving in blast pad areas, and plan on doing it tomorrow if the weather allows Mr Harris said that Runway 8-26 will continue to have a displaced threshold until the end of the project. He stated that the FAA has approved the additional work of upgrading the hold bars on the Airport, because of the remaining funds in the proect. Mr Harris said that the completion date for the project has been extended to April 30t , because of lost production days due to the weather, and they P 0 BOX 20000 LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO 88004-9002 1 575 541.2000 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES – MARCH 11, 2010 Page 2 will reopen the runway on that date He stated that the FAA needs to do a flight check before they can turn on the ILS In closing, Mr Harris reported that they will be doing the grooving and markings starting next week. Airport Manager's Report: Mrs Murphy read the following Manager's Report: Runway 12-30 Reconstruction The wet (and now windy) weather has impacted the progress of the runway reconstruction work, but the concrete paving is complete, which is very good news Mike Harris will provide a full report at the AAB meeting Control Tower Environmental Assessment: No update at this time —waiting for FAA's response to our response to their comments City Council Items City Council will consider Wayne Wallace's request for new leases on his parcels 10 and 16 at their March 15, 2010 meeting Surveillance Broadcast Systems Tower- ITT Corporation is ready to start construction on the SBS tower as soon as they get their building permit. Construction is estimated to take about 30 days Cell Phone Tower Rezoning Request: The Las Cruces Planning and Zoning Commission considered the zone change request at their February 23, 2010 meeting After discussion, they recommended approval with the following conditions The tower is not to exceed 120 feet in height, and the tower must be lighted in accordance with FAA standards The case will go to City Council for final approval sometime in April FAA Projects for Next Fiscal Year- Right now, it looks like we are getting a new AWOS (desperately needed) and a Wildlife Hazard Assessment (a new requirement due to the Miracle on the Hudson) for our next year's AIP projects Of course, nothing is final until we get official word from FAA, but right now I am proceeding with budgeting and submitting state grant applications for these projects with the assumption that we will get them Solid Waste Billing Susan has gotten the new solid waste billing for airport tenants set up Tenants will be billed $5 a month, or $60 a year, at the time of their annual land rent payment. Fuel Farm I plan to submit an application to the State Aviation Division for a grant to assist with the expenses associated with bringing the fuel farm into compliance with updated New Mexico Environment Department regulations Fuel farm improvements of this type are not eligible for FAA funding, so I am happy the State may be able to help State grants only pay for 50% of project costs so the City will have to come up with the remainder of the funds, which will be substantial In addition, Mrs Murphy reported that the Navy called her about using our Airport as an emergency parking site for their aircraft during a hurricane, and that she let them know that they were more than welcome to come She stated that she plans to write them a letter AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — MARCH 11, 2010 Page 3 inviting them to do their training here next year, and mentioned that they went to Roswell this year due to our runway construction project. NEW BUSINESS None OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST AND PUBLIC COMMENT Mr Kading, of Southwest Aviation, stated that he would like the Airport staff to take over all solid waste issues for the tenants, so they don't have to deal with the Solid Waste department. Mr Squires gave parting comments, and a review of projects and issues he faced while serving on the Board for the past eight years Mr Ranels also gave his parting comments, and stated what he would like to see happen at the Airport in the future With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 12 43 PM Chair Recording S ret