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04-08-2010 City of las Cruces AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING City of Las Cruces, New Mexico April 8, 2010 Members Present: Fred Fusselman, Anthony Levatino, Doug Lashley, Robert Wood, Steve Lurvey (appointed) Members Absent: Ross Palmer, Michael Gibbs Others Present: Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Airport Administrative Assistant; Michael Harris, Delta Airport Consultants, Karen Burt, URS, Russell Forrest, URS, Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation, Saf Canja, EAA. Chair Fred Fusselman 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 March 11, 2010 Board meeting Dr Levatino moved, seconded by Mr Lashley, to approve the minutes as submitted, motion carried unanimously ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS Mr Fusselman introduced new board members Mr Robert Wood and Mr Steve Lurvey, and welcomed them to the Board He announced that the Board would hold elections of officers at their next meeting Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) environmental Assessment— URS Ms Karen Burt, with URS, passed out report booklets and introduced URS Mr Russell Forrest who presented an overview of the ATCT project to date, and then reviewed the booklet report. He stated that Molzen-Corbin did the site study, and determined that Site Five (5) was the best location for the ATCT Mr Forrest reviewed the environmental assessment process, some of the comments submitted by the FAA, and the estimated project schedule for the remaining phases of the project. Mrs Murphy stated that the next step in the process is the design phase, and we have enough to fund the design work, but have not received any more money for the construction of the ATCT 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 they were on schedule to reopen both Runways 12-30 and 8-26 on April 30th He reported that the contractor is making good progress and is currently grooving the runway Mr Harris stated P 0 BOX 20000 LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO 88004-9002 1 575 541.2000 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — APRIL 8, 2010 Page 2 that there will be two or three more closures of Runway 4-22 for cleaning, stripping, marking, and sealing joints in the intersection of the runway He reported that the contractor will be removing asphalt that did not meet specifications in the blast pads on Monday, and will lay the new asphalt on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Mr Harris said that the taxiway lights will have to be re-installed, as they were not installed correctly He reported that the grooving and joint sealing should be done by the middle of next week, and then they will be seeding the safety area to hold down the dust. In closing, Mr Harris stated that the FAA has been out to the Airport checking their landing system equipment. Airport Manager's Report: Mrs Murphy read the following Manager's Report: Welcome New Board Members! I am pleased to announce that Mayor Miyagishima has appointed three new members to the Airport Advisory Board Mike Gibbs, Rob Wood and Steve Lurvey I look forward to working with these capable individuals Runway 12-30 Reconstruction The runway reconstruction is nearing completion, with concrete grooving currently underway The ILS Flight Check is currently scheduled for the first week in May Mike Harris will provide a full report at the AAB meeting Control Tower Environmental Assessment: URS, the consulting firm who prepared the Environmental Assessment, will be at the Board meeting to give a full report. City Council Items City Council approved Wayne Wallace's request for new leases on his Parcels 10 and 16 at their March 15, 2010 meeting Upcoming City Council items include a request to apply for grants from the New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation Division to assist with the costs of upgrading the airport's fuel farm and for a new Automated Weather Observation Station (AWOS) Surveillance Broadcast Systems Tower- The tower is currently under construction I expect it to be complete late April/early May Cell Phone Tower Rezoning Request: The cell phone tower rezoning request will be heard by City Council at their April 26 land use meeting Airport Capital Improvement Plan In conjunction with our consulting engineer Delta Airport Consultants, our FY 2011-2016 CIP has been prepared and submitted to the State The FAA and State use this document to decide how to allocate AIP funds I will provide copies to the Board Part 139 Inspection FAA Part 139 Inspector Janny Jack will be here next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to conduct our annual Part 139 inspection This is a grueling process involving not only airport staff but also the FBOs, the Fire Department ARFF personnel, and the Fire Marshal I will let the Board know the results of our inspection Runway Repairs We have arranged with the City Streets department to do some crack sealing on Runway 4-22 Pilots, watch for closures of this runway AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — APRIL 8, 2010 Page 3 Fuel Farm As mentioned above, I am getting Council permission to apply for a state grant to assist with needed fuel farm improvements The State Aviation Division has informally agreed to assist with these costs However, the current estimate for the work is about $350,000 and State grants only pay for 50% of project costs so the City will have to come up with the remainder of the funds Flight for the Human Spirit: Pilot Michael Combs will be flying to all 50 states in a Remos light sport aircraft in what he has called the "Flight for the Human Spirit" Mr Combs has contacted me as Las Cruces is one of his planned stops Right now he is expected in late April, but as his flight is heavily weather-dependent, I expect him more realistically in May Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Runway 12-30 We will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Runway 12-30 on May 13th at 9 00 a m , all are welcome to attend Following Mrs Murphy's report, Mr Lashley asked about alternatives to building a new Fuel Farm, and wanted to know if it could be contracted out instead of it being City owned, due to the expense of replacing it. Mr Kading said the only alternative was for the FBOs to own the tanks Mrs Murphy stated that she could put out a Request for Bids on the Fuel Farm to see if anyone was interested in taking over its operation Mr Kading stated that if the City increased the weight limit on Runway 4-22, it would get more use, and it would actually improve the condition of the pavement. He also asked if there were going to be public hearings on the CIP, because users of the Airport might what to have changes to the priorities of the projects NEW BUSINESS None OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST AND PUBLIC COMMENT With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the mZ:71-- 1111,� A�' Chair Recording Se et