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11-09-2006 AWN jo Citv Las P E O P L E N E L P I N 6 P E O P L E AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING City of Las Cruces,New Mexico November 9,2006 Members Present: Randy Ranels, Joe Beck, Leon Billstone, Bill Squires Members Absent: Dyne Buckley, Pete Brandon Others Present: Dolores Connor, Mayor Pro-Tem; Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Recording Secretary; Ross Palmer, pilot; Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation; William Madden, WAM, Inc.; Gene Kennon, citizen; Bill Stein, tenant; Ted Morris, Jr., citizen; Doug Newton, Adventure Aviation; Drew Waldron, citizen; Teri Waldron, citizen; Tom Ferguson, citizen; Saf Canja, EAA; Karen Burt, URS; Klaus Wittern, Phoenix Consulting Services. Chair Randy Ranels called the meeting to order at 11:57 a.m. in the Airport Conference Room, and a quorum was noted. MINUTES: The first order of business was to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2006 Board meeting. Mr. Beck moved, seconded by Mr. Billstone, to approve the minutes as submitted; motion carried unanimously. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mr. Ranels announced that Mr. Ross Palmer was going to be appointed to the Airport Advisory Board, and that we are waiting for approval by the City Council at their next meeting. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None. 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 the FAA was here before, during, and after the X PRIZE event taking pictures and videos of the holes being drilled for the tent pegs, and their removal. She said that the FAA will be back to inspect the repair work when it is completed. Mrs. Murphy reported that we are in full compliance with our Part 139 Certificate since we completed our re-striping project this week. . AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—NOVEMBER 9,2006 Page 2 Mrs. Murphy showed a copy of the actual annexation application submittal that will go to all City departments and committees for review. She stated that she would not approve the plan as submitted because she had asked that specific zoning be place on parcels, and the requested zoning is not currently on the plans. She said that the document would be available for the Board to look at after the meeting. Councillor Connor stated that the disclosure on property sales close to all New Mexico airports is on the top-priority list of the Municipal League to take to the State Legislature. It was noted that the City could adopt zoning to protect the Airport even if the State does not adopt it. Committee Reports: Runway 12-30 Committee: Mr. Ranels read Joe Beck's draft letter, and/or talking point paper, on the feasibility of upgrading Runway 12-30 for co-use by the Spaceport as a horizontal launch facility. In the draft letter he gave reasons why a 13,000 foot runway should be built at the Las Cruces International Airport instead of the Spaceport. Some of the reasons included available land, local resources, close proximity to X Prize Office, Rocket Racing League Office, NASA Facilities, White Sands Missile Range, etc., and that the existing assets represent a considerable savings of expenses and resources that the State of New Mexico would not have to duplicate. NEW BUSINESS: Through-the-Fence and Commercial Fees: Copies were distributed from the FAA Compliance Section on Through-the-Fence Operations and on Rates and Charges in the Las Cruces Minimum Standards for the Board's review. Mr. Morris stated that the FAA considers aircraft coming from off the airport onto the airport as through-the-fence operations; trucks or ground vehicles are not considered as through-the-fence businesses or operations. Mr. Billstone said that the Board needs to look at through-the-fence and commercial fees as time goes by and things change at the airport. Mrs. Murphy stated the Rates and Charges for the Airport should be reviewed by the Board each year, with a recommendation to the City Council to leave them as they are, or to change them. Mr. Ranels asked that Rates and Charges be put on the agenda for next month. DISCUSSION ITEMS: None. PUBLIC COMMENT: Mr. Klaus Wittern announced that he was putting together a project raising cattle on the Corralitos Ranch and processing them for export to Europe and the Far East. He said that the proposal will entail 3 flights a day, six days a week using aircraft weighing 265,000 pounds. A railroad line (spur) will be added to bring feed to the cattle. He stated that a long, strong runway would also need to handle the heavier aircraft. Mr. Wittern said that they would use 400,000 gallons of jet fuel a day, and the project would provide $8 million a day to the economy. Mr. Wittern asked if he could be put on the agenda for next month to further explain his proposal and stated the Board members could contact him either by phone or e-mail with questions they would AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—NOVEMBER 9,2006 Page 3 like for him to address in his presentation. The Board agreed to put him on the agenda for next month and to give him 30 minutes to make his presentation. With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 1:07 PM. Chair Recording Sec ar Airport Manager's Report November 9,2006 West Mesa Annexation: According to City Land Manager Bill Hamm, the application for the West Mesa annexation was submitted to the City last Monday, October 30. It will probably go to the January Planning and Zoning Commission meeting for consideration, and from there to City Council. One thing that added time to the process was that land belonging to another private property owner, John Moscato, was added to the annexation petition. His land is south of the airport and east of the rest stop. It also took the State Land Office ten months to sign their part of the annexation documents. But the good news is that the application is in and the process is underway. I will be attending the meetings to ensure that the airport's interests are protected. Assignment of Lease: The assignment of lease for Parcel 24 from Norman Peck to Premier Crafters, LLC, was approved by City Council on their consent agenda on November 6, 2006. Now the City will enter into a SASO lease with Premier Crafters for them to operate their business at the airport. Airport Business Sign: The sign is at the City's welding shop so a frame and support system can be constructed. It will be installed this month. West End Infrastructure: The final inspection was conducted on October 31. Only a few punch list items were noted, which should be quickly corrected. Thanks to Morrow Enterprises for doing such a good job on this project. X Prize: The X Prize Cup event was held at the airport on October 20 and 21. Despite some minor issues, I think the event went well overall. The Tripoli rocket launches, the Armadillo Aerospace Lunar Lander vehicle and the Rocket Man were highlights. Right now we are working with X Prize to repair damaged pavement areas. The repairs are almost complete at this point. UAV Operations: UAV operations have moved back to New Mexico. Operations at LRU are tentatively scheduled to resume late November. Airport Action Plan: Jane Lucero of Molzen-Corbin has submitted the second Action Plan progress report. This report has been distributed to Board members. Runway 4-22: Bids for the Runway 4-22 repair project were opened last week. According to engineer Louis Grijalva, the apparent low bidder was Star Paving of Albuquerque with a bid of$1,252,531.56. It is tentatively scheduled to go to City Council for contract award on November 20. Construction should begin right around the first of the year. Gate Code Change: The airport gate code change was completed successfully. It is hoped that the new codes will improve airport security and limit unauthorized access. One benefit of this process is that we now have an updated list of based aircraft at LRU, which is now an annual requirement of both the New Mexico Aviation Division and the FAA. A few forms are still trickling in, but as of right now the count is at 124 based aircraft. Thanks to all airport tenants for their quick response and also for putting up with the inconvenience. Landscaping: Thanks to the City Parks section for the new landscaping along the fence where Crawford dead ends into Zia. They have planted ocotillos, barrel cactus, and other native vegetation. Runway and Taxiway Striping: San Bar Corporation was here on Tuesday to complete some runway and taxiway striping. Some markings were faded and needed to have reflective glass beads added, and some markings needed to be outlined in black, as per our 2006 Part 139 compliance inspection. This painting should improve nighttime visibility for users of the airport. Guidance Sign Rehab Project: Airport staff is in the process of scheduling a pre- construction meeting for this project. The signs are on order and installation will commence once the equipment is in. ARFF Vehicle: According to Marty Huffman of Rosenbauer General Safety Equipment, the tentative delivery date for our new ARFF vehicle is May 31, 2007. These trucks are custom built, hence the lengthy time frame. Air Traffic Control Tower: The Air Traffic Control Tower Siting Report is has been submitted to the FAA for review. Copies of the report,prepared by Mike Provine of Molzen-Corbin, will be distributed to the Board.