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12-14-2006 i C11V LaS 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 December 14,2006 Members Present: Randy Ranels, Leon Billstone, Bill Squires, Pete Brandon Members Absent: Joe Beck, Ross Palmer, Dyne Buckley Others Present: Gil Jones, City Councillor; Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Recording Secretary; Christine Ochs, CLC Economic Development; Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation; Gene Kennon, citizen; Aldo Magana, Adventure Aviation; Drew Waldron, citizen; Teri Waldron, citizen; Tom Ferguson, citizen; Bill Rawlins, Picacho Mountain; Karen Burt, URS; Don Taylor, citizen; Klaus Wittern, Phoenix Consulting Services. Chair Randy Ranels called the meeting to order at 12:01 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 November 9, 2006 Board meeting. Mr. Squires moved, seconded by Mr. Billstone, to approve the minutes as submitted; motion carried unanimously. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mr. Ranels announced that Mr. Dyne Buckley has verbally resigned from the Board, and asked the members to be thinking of a replacement that they could recommend to Councillor Jones. PRESENTATION: LRU Marketing Efforts and West Mesa Industrial Park Activity Ms. Christine Ochs started with an update on the West Mesa Industrial Park. She reported that there are now 574 employees, according to the business registrations, in the industrial park. There have been 5 properties deeded-over this year, and 5 more have been approved by City Council. Ms. Ochs passed out copies of the current tenant list and maps of the industrial park that showed properties already sold; BLM properties; and one map for the Army Corp of Engineers 2007 Sewer Project. The Army Project will install sewer lines to the north of I-10 to connect with the Airport facilities. She said that business proposals are moving quickly with 2 more proposals being submitted and 2 more proposals are in negotiation. Ms. Ochs stated the reason Early Investments just purchased land in the industrial park was to be close to the airport. She said Early Investments will employ 40-50 people and will be manufacturing high precision airline parts that will be flown to Chihuahua, Mexico. The company did not necessarily want to live or work to close to the border. Ms. Ochs stated that there is a need for spec buildings for AFN left AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—DECEMBER 14,2006 Page 2 companies who want to move in and start their business operation. The City will allow the purchase of smaller properties for that purpose. She stated that most businesses want to locate on the south side of the highway because of the infrastructure that is already in place. However, the Corp of Engineers 2007 project should encourage more development on the north side of I- 10. Councillor Jones stated that the City received a grant for the sewer project and would only have to come up with $400,000 for their share of the project. Ms. Ochs reported that there was a 9 acre parcel of airport land that was acquired in 1955, deeded to the BLM in 1992, subject to approval from the FAA for any development, and subject to them receiving funding to build a Paleozoic Track-Way Museum. Since there is still no funding for the museum nor the desire to build one, Ms. Ochs has written to the BLM asking for the land to be returned to the Airport. Airport Marketing: Ms. Ochs stated that we need first to determine to whom we are marketing the Airport and what forms of marketing we want to use. She said that we should target the general public; businesses that want to be on the Airport, and local businesses that want an airport close by to fly customers in and out of the area. Ms. Ochs stated that we first need to decide who to market to before a brochure can be put together. She said she is looking for input from airport tenants and would like to hold a public meeting for additional comments. There was a brief discussion about building the Airport's web site as a part of the marketing effort. Mr. Rawlins of Picacho Mountain said that, as a neighbor to the Airport, he would like to help with ideas for marketing the Airport. Mrs. Murphy reported that she is working on an Airport logo and explained how the City's Airport web site is updated. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Rates and Charges: Mrs. Murphy stated that when the Rates and Charges were adopted they were to be reviewed each year with a recommendation to the City Council to either change them or to leave them as posted. She recommended that we affirm to the City Council to leave the charges as they are so that we are in compliance. Mrs. Murphy said that we should continue to study all the charges to see if adjustments needed to be made due to changes on the Airport. She said there is still a need for additional infrastructure on the west end of the Airport and that will need to be considered in their study. She said that she has heard from potential tenants wanting to build spec hangars that $0.20 is too expensive with the additional infrastructure costs that will be required. Mr. Billstone moved, seconded by Mr. Squires, to table the discussion on Rates and Charges until the next meeting; motion carried unanimously. REPORTS: Airport Manager's Report: Mrs. Murphy's report is included as a part of the Minutes. In addition to the report it was mentioned that she has contacted the State Aviation to have the runway counters in place when the Navy is here for flight training. Mr. Billstone moved, seconded by Mr. Brandon, to draft a letter of support for the Navy coming to Las Cruces; motion carried unanimously. Mr. Ranels reviewed the Siting Plan for the Air Traffic Control Tower (ACTC). Mrs. Murphy reported that the next step in the process is the environmental assessment, and that could take up AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES–DECEMBER 14,2006 Page 3 to twelve months. She stated that if the ATCT is built the City would have to fund the personnel expenses under the current FAA requirements. Committee Reports: None. NEW BUSINESS: FY07-08 Funding Requests: Mrs. Murphy reported that she has requested funding for the Rehab of Runway 12-30 and assistance to build a Taxiway on the West End of the Airport. She stated that the funding is not looking good on the runway rehab, but the funding is looking good for the new taxiway. Glider Hangars: Mrs. Murphy stated that she has had a request from a tenant to build a glider hangar, and showed the Board a picture of a constructed glider hangar. She asked the Board if they considered it to be an individual T-Hangar of just a hangar. She said that if it were considered a T-Hangar the Design Standards require it to contain at least five bays. Mrs. Murphy asked the Board if they wanted to consider allowing such hangars. Mr. Billstone moved, seconded by Mr. Brandon, to table the discussion until next month; motion carried unanimously. Mrs. Murphy said that she would write a letter to Mr. Braddi and ask him to come to the next meeting to discuss his proposal. Through-the-Fence Proposal by Klaus Wittern: Mr. Wittern made a presentation on his Though-the-Fence Proposal to raise cattle for different operations on the Corralitos Ranch. In his presentation he covered the location of the cattle operations; proposed railroad routes; the type of aircraft that would be used in the operation, and the locations of land they would need on the Airport and in the Industrial Park; the need for a 15,000 foot runway and additional taxiways; and the economic impact on the Airport and the City. A copy of the proposal is maintained in the Airport Office for public review. Mr. Wittern stated that he would like to meet again with the Airport Advisory Board and the West Mesa Design and Review Committee to ask for their support of the project as part of the direction the Airport wants to take for the future. DISCUSSION ITEMS: None. PUBLIC COMMENT: None. With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 2:15 PM. 5�F— hair Recording Secr y Airport Manager's Report December 14,2006 Navy Training Detachment: City staff, including airport,Fire and Police, met with Commander Andrew Turner of Training Wing 4 from NAS Corpus Christi on December 4. As of now,the Navy plans to start basic flight training winter operations here at LRU starting January 24 and ending around February 27,2007. They plan to bring approximately 20 T-34 and two C-12 aircraft and conduct operations between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm Monday-Saturday. Counting students, instructors, administrative staff and maintenance and support personnel,there should be over 100 additional personnel here. This is good news! West Mesa Annexation: This is proposed to go to Planning and Zoning Commission for their January 2007 meeting. I have already submitted my comments to Community Development department staff. These comments have been distributed to the Board. I expressed support for the annexation but called for a special zoning district, similar to the one the Extra-Territorial Zoning Authority adopted,to protect aerial approaches and to prevent undesirable land uses from encroaching on the airport. Airport Manager's Meeting: The next Airport Manager's meeting will be held at the Albuquerque Sunport on January 12. 1 plan to attend. Board members who are interested in attending conferences,trainings, etc., should speak with me, as funds may be available to pay for travel and registration fees. UAV Operations: PSL TAAC personnel were conducting manned flight tests as part of the UAV program. If the Board likes, I can have UAV staff members make a presentation to the Board on their upcoming activities. Airport Action Plan: Airport staff and tenants have provided Jane Lucero of Molzen-Corbin with information needed for the Airport Action Plan. A progress report should be forthcoming soon. Runway 4-22: Council approved the contract award for the Runway 4-22 reconstruction project at their meeting of November 20,2006. Star Paving of Albuquerque will be doing the work, which should begin after the first of the year. X Prize Ramp Repair: The X Prize ramp repair was completed and the repairs accepted by the City Public Works engineers and FAA Airports Division. A contractor has been lined up to repair some damaged concrete at a private hangar owner's apron. X Prize 2007: 1 have no firm information at this time as to whether the X Prize will return to LRU or go to another venue for the 2007 event. Recent news items indicate that the X Prize Foundation is considering holding the event at Holloman Air Force Base in 2007. Guidance Sign Rehab Project:Airport staff participated in a pre-construction meeting for this project with Bixby Electric and Molzen-Corbin. The signs are on order and installation will commence once the equipment is in. Air Traffic Control Tower: The Air Traffic Control Tower Siting Report has been submitted to the FAA for review. Copies of the report,prepared by Mike Provine of Molzen-Corbin,have been distributed to the Board. The next step in the process will be the Environmental Assessment, which will take approximately 9-12 months.