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09-02-2010 City of las Cruces AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING City of Las Cruces, New Mexico September 2, 2010 Members Present: Fred Fusselman, Doug Lashley, Michael Gibbs, Robert Wood, Anthony Levatino Others Present: Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Airport Administrative Assistant; Ted Morris, interested citizen, Christine Logan, Economic Development Administrator; Jared Schoch, SunEdison, Dan Privette, Southwest Aviation, Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation, Leon Billstone, 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 June 10, 2010 Board meeting Dr Levatino moved, seconded by Mr Wood, to approve the minutes as submitted, motion carried unanimously ANNOUNCEMENTS None UNFINISHED BUSINESS Code Violations Mr Fusselman asked if the Codes Department had addressed any of the codes violations at the airport. Mrs Murphy responded that she had met with the Codes Officer and showed him the violations, but did not know whether he had contacted the tenants REPORTS Airport Manager's Report: Mrs Murphy read the following Manager's Report: Navy- The Navy is coming! They will arrive next week and plan to conduct basic flight training operations here until at least November 15 For the first time, we will be hosting not only Training Wing 4 personnel from Corpus Christi, but also Training Wing 5 personnel from Pensacola, Florida Airport staff and other City departments are working hard to get everything ready for their arrival They will be renting office space in the Adventure Aviation building and renting a private hangar for aircraft maintenance operations City Council Items Upcoming items on the September 7 Council meeting agenda will be the award of a third year of a possible five-year contract for airport architectural and engineering services to Delta Airport Consultants, Inc award of a contract for the P 0 BOX 20000 LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO 88004-9002 1 575 541.2000 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 Page 2 installation of a new AWOS to Bixby Electric, Inc , and award of a contract to conduct a Wildlife Hazard Assessment at the airport to Airport Wildlife Consultants, LLC Control Tower Design The airport hosted a kickoff meeting for the control tower design process Staff from various FAA departments, the control tower design team and Delta Airport Consultants representatives were present. Surveying work is already commencing, and the entire design process is expected to take about 7 months At this time, there is still no funding identified for construction of the tower NEW BUSINESS Solar Lease Proposal by SunEdison: Christine Logan, CLC Economic Development Administrator, reviewed the solar lease proposal by SunEdison and mentioned that the City had received seven (7) solar proposals in all She stated that the reason the solar companies are interested in the airport parcel is because of its close proximity to a sub- station Mrs Logan said that SunEdison, or any other solar company, would have to enter into a non-exclusive option to lease land until they had a signed agreement with EI Paso Electric, and then the option would convert to an exclusive lease for approximately 10 acres per megawatt of power to be delivered She stated the option would be granted for one year for $1,000, and that it could be extended for a second year for an additional $1,500 Mrs Logan said that the City is looking at charging $500 per acre per year with a 2% increase every five (5) years She said that the lease will contain language that they are in compliance with all FAA and State regulations, and that the lease will be more restrictive than leases in other areas Mr Schoch with SunEdison, gave a slide show presentation on their proposal and information about their company He stated EI Paso Electric has selected them and they should have written approval shortly He said that they are looking at 160 acres of Airport property in the southern half of the parcel, and then explained the process they would have to go through to obtain a land lease Mr Schoch stated that the first step was to get the Airport Advisory Boards approval of the proposed project. There was a question and answer period, and following further discussion on the Boards preferred location in the bottom southern section of the parcel, Mr Wood moved, seconded by Mr Lashley to recommend approval of the lease proposal Mr Gibbs sustained from voting due to a conflict of interest, with all remaining members voting in favor of the motion OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST AND PUBLIC COMMENT Mr Ted Morris said that he understood that the Airport Manager and Administrative Assistant were now taking on Park and Recreation duties, and wanted to know if staff salaries were being paid out of only the Airport funds or if Park funds were also being used, because it would violate federal law if our salaries were only being paid out of Airport funds Mrs Murphy stated that she would remedy the situation Mr Hal Kading stated that he thought the Airport is downgraded when the airport staff splits their time with Parks and Recreation, and Mr Morris and the Board members agreed Following further discussion on the issue Dr Levatino moved, seconded by Mr Wood, that it was the Board's desire to have a full-time Airport Manager; motion carried unanimously AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES — SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 Page 3 With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 1 15 PM Chair Recording cre