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05-18-2006 C11v Las r aces 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 May 18,2006 Members Present: Randy Ranels, Bill Squires, Joe Beck, Leon Billstone, Larry La Beau, Pete Brandon Members Absent: Dyne Buckley, Others Present: Gil Jones, City Councillor; Robert Garza, Asst. City Manager; Mike Johnson, Public Works Director; Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Recording Secretary; Don Taylor, EAA; Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation; Bill Stein, Tenant; Ted Morris, visitor; Bill Madden, EAA; Marty Ditmore, Tenant; Mike Provine, Molzen-Corbin & Associates; Don Donahue, Air Speed Flying Service. 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 April 13, 2006 Board meeting. Mr. Squires moved, seconded by Mr. Beck, to approve the minutes as submitted; motion carried unanimously. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mr. Ranels swore in new member Mr. Pete Brandon and welcomed him to the Airport Advisory Board. Mr. Brandon gave a brief summary of his career in the Air Force and with Northrop and Grumman in the B-2 program in air crew training and also with the F-35 and Global Hawk programs until he retired. Mr. Ranels congratulated Mrs. Pfeiffer on being promoted to Administrative Specialist IV as the first step in her reclassification process, and then adjourned the meeting for ten minutes for refreshments. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Runway 4-22 Recommendation: Mr. Ranels introduced Assistant City Manager Mr. Robert Garza and Public Works Director Mike Johnson, and stated that they were here to talk about the proposed repairs to Runway 4-22. Mr. Garza gave a brief overview of the proposed project to rebuild Runway 4-22 and stated that staff does not want to do a quick-fix to the runway. He stated what when the City received the $603,000.00 from the Air Force they agreed to use the money to repair the runway. AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—MAY 18,2006 Page 2 The Air Force will be allowed to audit the project to see how the money is spent. Mr. Garza said that at first the City thought the $603,000.00 would be enough to repair the runway, but with the cost of materials going up it will be closer to $800,000.00. He said that the extra $200,000.00 for the project would come from land sales in the West Mesa Industrial Park. Mr. Garza reported that Molzen-Corbin and Associates helped with the design of the runway repairs and will put together the Bid documents for the project. The project should start this fall and be finished by the end of 2006. Mr. Mike Provine, with Molzen-Corbin, stated that the runway, when repaired, would be rated at 30,000 pounds single wheel, and would be more than strong enough for the aircraft that are intended to use it. Mr. Beck, Committee Chair for the Runway 4- 22 Project, stated that he would like to let the process as proposed by Mr. Garza work itself out to completion. Mr. La Beau, a member of the committee, stated that he agreed with the City's proposal on how to repair the runway. Following a brief discussion on the design standards, Mr. Squires moved, seconded by Mr. La Beau, to recommend to the City Council to accept the proposal that was presented to them today; motion carried unanimously. There was a discussion on which Runway should be extended, and reasons were given why it should be Runway 8-26 instead of Runway 12-30. The Board agreed to update the rationale and benefits for recommending a change to the Airport Master Plan and making better use of pending, designated funding. Highlighting Runway 8-26 would support the new Airport Action Plan, have a direct impact on the final site selection of the Air Traffic Control Tower, and save a considerable amount of related construction and infrastructure costs. Lease Rate Recommendation: Mr. La Beau reviewed the study on lease rates prepared by the sub-committee and how the lease rate amounts were determined. Mrs. Murphy gave reasons why staff does not recommend that the lease rates be lowered. She stated that we still have some unresolved issues with the State permitting and inspecting new hangars that could possibly have an affect on the lease rates. Mr. Ranels tabled the lease rate recommendation until the permitting issue was resolved. Draft Land Lease: Mrs. Murphy stated that she hoped the Board had time to review the new land lease draft that was passed out at the last meeting. She said that the City's Legal Department tried to simplify the land lease terminology. Following a brief discussion Mr. La Beau moved, seconded by Mr. Squires, to recommend use of the revised land leases agreement; motion carried unanimously. Mrs. Murphy stated that there is a conflict in the Municipal Code with the Minimum Standards and the Lease Rates, and that staff is working to correct the documents. She said that once the documents have been corrected they will be presented to the Board, and then we will have to take a revised Ordinance to the City Council. PRESENTATION: Air Traffic Control Tower Mike Provine, with Molzen-Corbin & Associates, gave a presentation on the "Siting Study" for the Air Traffic Control Tower that was done in Atlantic City. He said that the siting of the tower was the first step in the process, and showed a video of how the process was accomplished, and AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—MAY 18,2006 Page 3 stated that he represented the City and Molzen-Corbin and Associates, and that the FAA and Air Traffic Control personnel from El Paso were also present for the siting study. REPORTS: Airport Manager's Report: Mrs. Murphy gave her Airport Manager's Report (copy attached as part of the Minutes). Committee Reports: Mr. Ranels reviewed the different sub-committees that had been established, and the Chair and members assigned to each committee. He encouraged the committees to meet on a regular basis, and reminded them not to violate the Open Meetings Act. NEW BUSINESS: Air Speed Flying Service, Inc. SASO Lease: Mrs. Murphy reported that Air Speed Flying Service, Inc. was given a 90 day lease in order to give Mr. Donahue time to meet all the requirements of the Minimum Standards. She stated that he has met all the requirements and has submitted his application for a 5-year SASO Lease. Mrs. Murphy said that she would like the Board's recommendation so that she could take the Lease to council. Mr. La Beau moved, seconded by Mr. Beck, to recommend that the City Council approve the 5-year SASO Lease for Air Speed Flying Service, Inc.; motion carried unanimously. DISCUSSION ITEMS: Mr. Squires stated that the annexation process is still proceeding, and should go to the City Council in July. It was mentioned that the Board needed to decide which runway should be extended before the Air Traffic Control Towers siting study is completed. Mr. Ranels asked the Runway 8-26 and Runway 12-30 committees to meet before the June 8th Airport Advisory Board Meeting to come up with a recommendation on which runway should be extended. PUBLIC COMMENT: Mr. Hal Kading suggested that the City and State should have meetings to try to get the code changed for hangar design standards. With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 2:00 PM. Chair Recording Sec tar Airport Manager's Report May 18, 2006 2006/07 Airport Improvement Projects: Council approved Resolutions to apply for and accept the FAA and State grants for the ARFF vehicle and the signage and navigational aid update. The ARFF vehicle specs are currently being advertised and the signage project will be advertised next week. Compass Rose: The surveying work order has been bumped due to priority projects. Surveying staff thinks they can get to it late next week. Signage: The airport business sign has been ordered. Any businesses that want their name on the sign should contact Susan or me quickly. Terminal Aerodrome Forecast: The official start date for the new TAF will be October 3, 2006 at 1200 Z. West End Infrastructure: The project is continuing on schedule. The water, gas, storm drains and electrical crossing conduit are complete. Paving will be complete in about two weeks. New Mexico Aviation Conference: The New Mexico Aviation conference will be held June 7-9 at the Marriott Pyramid hotel in Albuquerque. I plan to attend. I can provide registration materials to any Board members who wish to attend. This will necessitate rescheduling the June board meeting. X Prize: All I know as of right now is that they are planning on moving the event from October 21-22 to October 20-21. I have no firm information on planned events or scheduling as of this time, but I will keep everyone posted. Airport Clean-Up Day: Some time in June, the City will provide dumpsters for airport tenant's use for an Airport Clean Up Day. This is an opportunity to get rid of trash,junk, weeds and other debris. Codes Enforcement will be conducting code sweeps at the airport sometime during July. Rocket Racing League: The Rocket Racing League is planning on holding a groundbreaking ceremony for their hangars and corporate headquarters sometime in July. Airport Emergency Plan: In conjunction with Las Cruces Police Department, Las Cruces Fire Department,New Mexico State Police and others, a draft Part 139 Airport Emergency Plan has been prepared for submission to FAA. Part 139 Inspection: Our annual Part 139 inspection will be taking place sometime in June. The date has not been finalized yet. City Budget: The City budget and Capital Improvement Program will be voted on by Council next week. As of now, the airport budget is pretty much the same as last years, with a few minor equipment purchases added.