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03-09-2006 Citv Las races 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 March 9,2006 Members Present: Randy Ranels, Dyne Buckley, Robert Paul, Larry La Beau, Bill Squires, Joe Beck, Leon Billstone Others Present: Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Bill Hamm, Land Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Recording Secretary; Don Taylor, EAA; Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation; William Madden, EAA; Don Griffin, PSL/NMSU; Edward Lindsay, self, Ted Morris, self; Fred Fusselman, self. 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 February 9, 2006 Board meeting. Mr. Squires moved, seconded by Mr. Beck, to approve the minutes as submitted; motion carried unanimously. The second order of business was to approve the minutes of the February 23, 2006 special meeting. Mr. Billstone stated that the minutes should be corrected to show that he made the motion to recommend approval of the Rocket Racing League lease application for six parcel sites, and asked that the parcel numbers be listed in the motion. Mr. Buckley moved, seconded by Mr. Beck, to approve the minutes as corrected; motion carried unanimously. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mr. Ranels announced that he, Lisa Murphy, Larry La Beau, and Hal Kading would be meeting with the City Manager on March 28th to discuss the Repair of Runway 4-22 and the East End Taxiway extension. REPORTS: Annexation — Land Manager Bill Hamm: Mr. Hamm reviewed the annexation plan and showed on a map the different property owners that would be involved. He stated that he is in the process of putting the petition together, and that it has been somewhat difficult getting a hold of everyone involved — the Federal BLM, the State, and private property owners. Mr. Hamm reported that all but two property owners have said yes to the annexation, and that he only has one more private property owner to contact. He stated that he would be taking the petition to City Council in July. Mr. Hamm said that they are planning on annexing 8343 acres and that the City will zone the property after the annexation is complete, and that the City zoning is more stringent than the County's. Q a • AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—MARCH 9, 2006 Page 2 UAV — Don Griffin: Mr. Griffin reported that they have had some maintenance problems, and coupled with the windy weather it has not been conducive to flying this week. He stated that they hope to be able to fly Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Mr. Griffin asked if there had been any complaints or impact from them flying so far, and Mrs. Murphy stated that she had not received any complaints. Mr. Griffin reported that the closed Runway 4-22 is working well for them at this time, but they would eventually like to move their operations to an active runway. Airport Manager's Report: Mrs. Murphy's report is included as a part of the Minutes. There was a brief question and answer period following her report. In addition to the written report, the following items were mentioned. Mrs. Murphy stated that at this time she has not received any additional information on the East End Infrastructure, but she would be taking the Rocket Racing League Lease Application to City Council in April. She reported that Ms. Ochs, in Community Development, will ask the City Council to extend the taxiway with City funds. Mr. Ranels stated that he would like to see the Airport establish through-the-fence fees once again and administered on a monthly basis, reviewed on a quarterly basis. Mr. Beck asked if we should be considering adding the moving of the fuel farm into the Capital Improvement Plan, because it would be too close to buildings on the Airport and Industrial Park when the Rocket Racing League locates here. He said that it would also give us the option of extending one of the taxiways so that hangars could be built along both sides of what is now Gasoline Alley. The Airport's consulting engineer, Mr. Kent Freier with Molzen-Corbin& Associates, stated that the State is paying to have an Airport Action Plan done for Las Cruces. He said that an Action Plan covers a five-year period and will look at traffic and projects, and that it will update the Airport's Layout Plan. Mr. Freier explained that it is a smaller version of the Master Plan which covers a 20 year period and looks at a much broader scope of issues. Ad-Hoc Committee — Land Leases and Rates: Mr. La Beau reported that he met with Mrs. Murphy and Deputy City Attorney Pete Connelly to review the Land Lease. He said that Mr. Connelly was going to rewrite the lease and that it should be ready by the end of the month. Mrs. Murphy stated that the language in the lease would be stated in clearer terminology. Mr. La Beau stated that the committee's lease rate study was complete and wanted to know what the next step in the process should be. Mrs. Murphy responded that the Airport Advisory Board would have to present their lease rate proposal at a City Council Work Session to see what the Council would like to do, and that it would probably be in May or June before they could get a City Council Work Session scheduled. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—MARCH 9,2006 Page 3 Mr. Ranels stated that there wasn't any unfinished business that needed to be taken care of at this time, but reminded the Board that the Airport has a five-year Capital Plan that includes the rotating beacon, compass rose, etc., as part of the airport facilities, and mentioned airport issues that needed to be kept in mind. Mr. La Beau asked on the status of checking into installing separate meters for the businesses at the 8960 Zia Blvd. building. Mrs. Murphy stated that the Building Services department came out to determine whether it was feasible to install separate meters for the building and determined that it was not feasible the way the building was laid out. Mr. Billstone stated that check meters could be installed for comparison use, but that El Paso Electric does not like them. Mr. Kading stated that he would recommend extending Runway 8-26 instead of Runway 12-30. Mrs. Murphy responded that the Master Plan shows Runway 12-30 being extended and that it is also included in the CIP for 2009. She said that the City can always change their plans on which Runway they wish to extend. Mr. Beck asked if Mrs. Murphy heard anything else about the City's plan for wireless internet for the Airport. Mrs. Murphy responded that the City is looking into going wireless city wide. NEW BUSINESS: None. PUBLIC COMMENT: Mr. La Beau reported on an article in the newspaper about El Paso International Airport relocating some of the businesses to make more room for additional parking because that was a high revenue source for them. There was a brief discussion about taxiway extensions on the east side of the Airport, and which ones could be extended for future development of new hangar parcels. With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 1:06 PM. 4i2i�A Q t"',�_ /�� Chair Recording S eta Airport Manager's Report March 9,2006 February 23 Joint Airport Advisory Board/West Mesa Design Review Advisory Committee meeting: The AAB voted unanimously to approve the lease application from the Rocket Racing league for the remaining parcels on the East End taxiway and to recommend the extension of the taxiway. The lease applications will go to Council for their approval next month. 2006/07 Airport Improvement Projects: Staff is moving forward in getting the airport improvements for next year bid out. These include the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle and the NavAid and signage upgrade. Thanks to FAA and the State Aviation Division for supporting LRU projects. Rotating Beacon: This will be included in the NavAid and signage upgrade project. Compass Rose: I believe the consensus was to put the compass rose at the northwest holding pad at the end of Runway 30. This can also be included as part of the NavAid and signage upgrade project if so desired. Wash Rack: FAA Program Manager Mike Saupp informed me that they do not participate in funding wash racks. Thus, this project would have to be totally City-funded which is highly unlikely, at least in the near future. Signage: I am currently getting estimates and design recommendations from sign companies on the airport directory sign. Any airport businesses that want to be listed on this sign should contact me. TAF Service: Terminal Aerodrome Forecast service will be available at LRU early fall, according to NOAA representative Lance Tripoli. Another benefit for our airport! Automated Weather Observation System: The AWOS system continues to erroneously report snow when the temperature is above 32 degrees. There are some discrepancies in visibility reporting as well. Hence, I have requested that our AWOS technician diagnose and repair the problem. Repairs should be completed this month. West End Infrastructure: Morrow Enterprises is mobilizing this week to start construction. The work is expected to take 150 calendar days, or roughly 7 calendar months. Water and gas stub-outs will be available for tenant tie-in. Air Traffic Control Tower: The control tower modeling session for optimum tower siting is occurring this week in Atlantic City. I will provide a report at next month's meeting. Runway 4-22: Runway repair options will be presented to City Council at a work session, probably in April. Based on their direction, staff will proceed. However, it is unlikely that the runway will be reopened this spring for the windy season. UAV Operations: UAV operations are taking place about every other week at the northeasterly end of Runway 4-22. These operations will continue throughout 2006 and may occur on other runways. NOTAMs will be issued. Landscaping: The first phase of the tree planting along Crawford Boulevard is underway. Eventually the trees will extend all the way to the frontage road, but right now there is only enough funding for the first phase. Thanks to the Parks Department for this beautiful project. Legislative issues: SB 237, Aviation Division Collection Reversions, passed the Senate but never made it out of the House Appropriations Committee. I am not sure if the State Aviation Division will pursue this legislation again next year. AAAE Meeting: I attended the meeting of the South Central Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives February 27-28. There were presentations on capital improvement planning and on Disadvantaged Business Enterprise requirements from FAA regional representatives. Other than that, most of the meeting was geared towards issues facing larger airports. Airport Manager's Meeting: There will be a meeting of the New Mexico Airport Manager's Association on April 7 in Albuquerque. I plan to attend. February 16 scoping meeting: I was unable to attend this meeting which was for the Environmental Assessment for the spaceport project. However, all indications are that there will be no need for additional restricted airspace. X Prize: I still have not heard from X Prize as to when they want to hold their kickoff meeting for this year's event. I will let everyone know once a date is set.