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06-08-2006 C11v Las r aces 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 June 8,2006 Members Present: Randy Ranels, Dyne Buckley, Bill Squires, Joe Beck, Larry La Beau, Pete Brandon, Members Absent: Leon Billstone Others Present: Brian Denmark, Facilities Director; Don Taylor, visitor; Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation; Keith Ford, Tenant; Bill Madden, EAA; Thomas Ferguson, visitor. Chair Randy Ranels 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 May 18, 2006 Board meeting. Mr. Squires moved, seconded by Mr. Beck, to approve the minutes subject to the revisions having been made; motion carried unanimously. ANNOUNCEMENTS: None. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Mr. Ranels stated that he had spoken with Facilities Director Brian Denmark on various airport issues and made a brief statement on what he was told by Mr. Denmark, as follows: still waiting to hear on zoning around the Airport that is being worked out between the City and the ETZ; the West Mesa Annexation is still not completed; still working on grading problems on the west end infrastructure, high speed wire service has still not been installed in the City; still no resolution on the firewalls on new hangar construction required by the State; and possible problems with the building restriction line if we expand Runway 8-26 to the west. REPORTS: Airport Manager's Report: Mr. Denmark stated that he would follow up on several issues that were raised by the Chair, and have staff provide a report back to the Board on their status. He said that item "B" under New Business (Rocket Racing League Lease Issues) would be postponed until the Rocket Racing League has signed off on the lease. Therefore, the City could not entertain any requests for sub-leasing. He stated that the Rocket Racing League is trying to AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—JUNE 8,2006 Page 2 determine how they are going to construct hangars on the leased parcels and the process for sub- leasing. Mr. Denmark said that the City would like them to decide on one process so that they could take it as a package deal to the Board for their recommendation before taking it to Council. He stated that the other issue they are not clear on with the State Economic Development Department is the funding to extend the east end taxiway to the Airport property line. Committee Reports: Annexation: Mr. Squires reported that he met with Mr. Hamm, Land Manager, and was told that the surveyors were supposed to finish the survey for the annexation by the end of this month. He said the survey would then go to Community Development Department and then to other City Departments for view. It would then be sent to Planning and Zoning for their consideration. Mr. Squires said that after all the reviews were completed it would go to Council. Runway 12-30: Mr. Squires reported that the sub-committee for Runway 12-30 met to evaluate the runway for extension. He stated that they reviewed the 1995 Master Plan to determine why Runway 12-30 was selected for extension. They also looked at the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan: phase 1 is scheduled for 2009 for $3,000,000 and phase 2 in 2010 for an additional $3,000,000. Mr. Squires reported that Mrs. Murphy was told by the FAA that they would not participate in the extension of a runway unless it was in the Master Plan. He stated that the sub- committee could only make their recommendation on whether Runway 12-30 was the proper runway to extend from the information that was available to them, and unless the City was willing to pay for a new Master Plan or Update the one we have, it was their recommendation that Runway 12-30 remain the primary runway and should be the one for extension. Mr. Denmark stated that Mr. Squires was correct that we would not receive Federal funding unless the project was included in an approved Master Plan. He said that Council would want justification as to why we want to make a change from what was previously approved, and asked the board if they would like staff to pursue a feasibility study or technical analysis of Runway 8- 26 to make the determination if we should make a change in the direction of our Master Plan. Mr. Denmark said that we would not have to do a complete re-write of the Master Plan,just an amendment to it. There was a general discussion on which runway should be extended, and the need for a new Master Plan. Action Plan Sub-committee: Mr. La Beau reported that he, Councillor Jones, and Mrs. Murphy met last week on the Action Plan, and plan on meeting again next Tuesday to take a tour of the Airport. NEW BUSINESS: Runway Extension Recommendation: Mr. Squires moved, seconded by Mr. Beck, to recommend that staff do a feasibility study to determine which runway should be extended; motion carried unanimously. Mr. Denmark stated that encroachment issues would be considered as a part of the feasibility study. AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—JUNE 8, 2006 Page 3 Rocket Racing League Lease Issues: Tabled. DISCUSSION ITEMS: Wash Racks: Mr. Taylor recommended that this might be a good time to get two aircraft wash racks while construction is going on. Mr. Ranels stated that this issue has been discussed for quite some time. He said that the cost, the environmental impact assessment, and how to control the outflow from the wash racks is a costly proposition, and therefore has been put on the back burner until funding becomes available. Compass Rose: Mr. Ranels stated that Mrs. Murphy informed the Board that the City Surveyors could do the survey work for the compass rose, if the EAA could provide the manpower to do the painting. He said that once the compass rose is in place we could appeal to the Navy to come back to Las Cruces to do their training. PUBLIC COMMENT: Mr. La Beau stated that KRWG has a tower out at the Fairgrounds, and that they are going digital and placing their new tower on "A" Mountain. He said that the old tower is 4,828 feet (MSL) high and that the owners should be encouraged to take it down. Mr. Denmark said that there were also other issues involved with the tower, and that he would follow up on it. Mr. Hal Kading stated that there were sewer lines on the other side of the highway, and wanted to know if there were any plans to run them to this side of the highway. Mr. Denmark stated that he had not heard of any plans to do it, but thought that it would have to be driven by economic issues associated with the land. He said that he would check into it and report back to the Board. Mr. Keith Ford stated that he had purchased some land in the West Mesa Industrial Park on the Airport side and plans to begin construction soon of an Airway Center which is a 13 unit commercial center, and was also interested in the City extending the sewer system to this side of the highway. He said the NM State Environmental Department is stating that there are too many septic tanks in New Mexico and want to eliminate as many as possible. Mr. Ford said that his question to the City was, with the Rocket Racing League and other developments on the Airport, is there the possibility that the City would build a sewage treatment plant on this side of the highway? Mr. Denmark stated that the answer was still a question mark because the original site was on South Valley which would open up the service area to cover both east and west sides. He said that the expansion of the facility out here is still being planned based on demand, and he thinks it is just a matter of time. Mr. Denmark was asked when the X PRIZE committee was going to start holding meetings. Mr. Denmark responded that they have already started to meet with City staff. He said that they have changed the dates from October 21-22, to October 20-21, 2006, and that both he and Mrs. Murphy are schedule to meet with X PRIZE Representatives next week at the Airport to get more specific information. Aft Oak AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—JUNE 8,2006 Page 4 Mr. Ranels asked if Mr. Denmark thought that Mrs. Murphy would receive any information or recommendations from the State Aviation Representatives, at the conference she is attending, on the firewall problems with the hangars. Mr. Denmark replied that he did not believe she would because it was a CID issue, and the State Aviation has no authority over the CID with that particular issue. He said that the City has had some meetings with Ms. Lisa Martinez, Director of CID, and they have not changed their opinion on how they want to interpret that particular section of the code. Mr. Denmark stated that he is having Mrs. Murphy check into what options or alternatives we may have for addressing this type of issue in the future. He said that the code the State is using should be affecting all the Airports statewide, and they are being very rigid in their interpretation. There was a brief discussion of what the requirements were for the firewall and on the setback distances. With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 1:00 PM. Chair Recording Secr y