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02-09-2006 AIEL City of las Cruces AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING City of Las Cruces,New Mexico February 9,2006 Members Present: Randy Ranels, Dyne Buckley, Robert Paul, Larry La Beau, Bill Squires, Joe Beck, Leon Billstone Others Present: Gil Jones, City Councillor; Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Recording Secretary; Christine Ochs, Community Development Director; Tim Gormley, Rocket Racing League; Don Taylor, EAA; Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation; William Madden, WAM, Inc.; Don Griffin, PSL/NMSU; Larry Kindrick, West Mesa Flying Assoc. 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 January 12, 2006 Board meeting. Mr. Squires moved, seconded by Mr. Beck, to approve the minutes as submitted;motion carried unanimously. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mr. Ranels welcomed new member Mr. Leon Billstone, and City Council Liaison Mr. Gil Jones to the Airport Advisory Board. Councillor Jones stated that he was excited being part of the Airport Advisory Board and that he had a lot to learn, but hoped to provide a positive input. Mr. Ranels thanked Mr. La Beau for representing the Airport Advisory Board at the December 19th City Council meeting in which the Leases for Adventure Aviation were approved. Mr. Ranels also complimented Mrs. Pfeiffer for her outstanding rendition of minutes month after month, and Mrs. Murphy for her exemplary and professional letter to the City Manager on the summary of the Adventure Aviations Leases during negotiations for a new lease. He stated that the Board must adhere to the public laws, rules, regulations, and operating procedures when conducting their meetings, but shouldn't allow a technicality to interfere with sound and rational judgment. PRESENTATIONS: Rocket Racing League Proposal: Community Development Director Christine Ochs introduced Mr. Tim Gormley with the Rocket Racing League. Mr. Gormley stated that his purpose for attending today's meeting was to give as much information about his company's P.O.BOX 20000 LAS CRUCES NEW MEXICO 88004-9002 505.541.2000 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—FEBRUARY 9,2006 Page 2 business proposal as possible. He stated that Rocket Racing League wants to move their headquarters to Las Cruces, and that part of the company would be located on the Airport, part in the West Mesa Industrial Park (WMIP), and part at NMSU, and reviewed their proposal for land leases at the Airport, and land purchases in the WMIP. Ms. Ochs stated that utilities, both water and gas, will need to be extended underground; under the new proposed east end taxiway extension to the Airport property boundary. Mr. Gormley stated that they are 100% committed to moving to Las Cruces, and that the City, the State, and the FAA have shown their support for locating in Las Cruces. He said that their moving here will probably cause other manufacturing business to locate here as well. He stated that they would like a 12 acre parcel in the WMIP that would be located at the end of the east end taxiway, and that they plan on leasing 10 parcels to build 10 hangars; one for each of the racing teams. Ms. Ochs said that having the new businesses locate here will help in getting a Fire Station built on the Airport. Mr. Kading asked if the Rocket Racing League could move their headquarters to either side of the taxiway instead of building at the end of it. Ms. Ochs responded that the FAA will not allow a taxiway off of Airport Land. Mr. Gormley talked about the aircraft they would be building and flying, and answered questions from the Board members. Mr. Ranels asked if he could prepare a one, two, and three year plan for Airport property and bring it to the next meeting, and Mr. Gormley responded that he would. Ms. Ochs stated that they would like to have the Board's recommendation on the proposed taxiway extension and on the lease applications. Mr. La Beau moved, seconded by Mr. Beck, to hold a special meeting in two weeks, on February 23 d, to review the Rocket Racing League proposal and make their recommendations; motion carried unanimously. It was suggested that a joint meeting of the West Mesa Design and Review Committee and the Airport Advisory Board be held instead of separate meetings, and that it be held in City Council Chambers. The Airport Secretary stated that she would work with Ms. Ochs to set up the meeting, and that she would notify the Board members once the meeting was confirmed. Annexation: Mr. Ranels stated that Mr. Bill Hamm would not be able to attend today's meeting. UAV Operations: Mr. Don Griffin reported that PSL is working right now to make sure they have met all documentation requirements before they proceed to fly. Mr. Don Taylor had several questions about the UAV program, and Mr. Griffin took a few moments to answer those questions and others asked by the public and Board members. He said that they plan on two flight periods a week, and will notify Holloman AFB, the local FBOs, and Albuquerque Flight Service Station so that they can issue a NOTAM. Mr. Griffin stated that they would also notify the Airport Staff so that they could have a local NOTAM issued and put it on the AWOS for local pilots. AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—FEBRUARY 9,2006 Page 3 REPORTS: Airport Manager's Report: Mrs. Murphy's report is included as a part of the Minutes. In response to Mrs. Murphy's report on the compass rose, Mr. Beck moved, seconded by Mr. La Beau,to select a site for the compass rose; motion carried unanimously. Mr. Billstone said he wanted to be on record, recommending that the City make minimal repairs to Runway 4/22 and to use the rest of the money from the Air Force to extend Runway 8/26. The Board asked if the City could limit the weight of aircraft that use Runway 4/22 if it only received minimal repairs. Mrs. Murphy stated that the City and Consulting Engineers were looking at all the options available to repairing and reopening the runway. Ad-Hoc Committee — Land Leases and Rates: Mrs. Murphy reported that the Legal Department has reviewed the proposed new Land Lease and has some comments and recommendations. She stated that she will invite Assistant City Attorney Pete Connelly to come to a meeting and review their recommendations and answer any questions the Board may have. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None. NEW BUSINESS: X PRIZE — Designation of Committee Representative: Mrs. Murphy announced that X PRIZE Cup will be coming back to Las Cruces and the Airport this year. She said the Vice President of Operations, Mr. Mike Kelly, is asking to have a committee established that will meet once a month to address Airport issues. Mrs. Murphy said that as part of the committee they would like to have one Board member and at least one airport tenant to serve on it. Mr. Beck volunteered to serve on the committee as the Board representative, and Mr. Billstone volunteered to attend as a tenant and EAA representative, and Mr. Kading volunteered to serve as an FBO representative. Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Program (ICIP): Mrs. Murphy reviewed copies of the draft ICIP for the Airport and answered questions that the Board members had on the different projects. Mr. Beck asked if there was any progress on the high speed wireless internet access for the Airport that was proposed by the last Information Technology Director. Mrs. Murphy replied that she would check into it and report back at the next meeting. PUBLIC COMMENT: AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—FEBRUARY 9,2006 Page 4 Mr. Madden stated that he read an article in yesterday's paper about turning some of the area around the Robledo and Organ Mountains into a wilderness area, and stated that if it were a Federal wilderness area it would have flight restrictions over it. Mrs. Murphy stated that she would e-mail the Board members the date, time, and location of the public scoping meeting for restrictions dealing with the Spaceport. Mr. Kading stated the Mayor's residential development proposal in located in the approach path to Runway 12-30 and should be brought to the Mayor's attention. With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 1:37 PM. Chair Recording Se tar i Airport Manager's Report February 9, 2006 FY 2006/07 Project funding Federal: FAA program manager Mike Saupp gave us the good news that the FAA will provide funding for the following projects in FY 2006/07: Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle $600,000 NavAid and Signage upgrade $150,000 The NavAid and signage upgrade is being done as a result of the recent Part 139 inspection during which the deteriorated condition of the airport signs and the location of wind cones and the segmented circle in the safety areas were noted as items that should be corrected. State: State Aviation Division grant manager Dan Moran informed us that LRU will receive a $25,000 grant to do an Airport Action Plan (condensed form of a master plan) in FY 2006/07. Rotating Beacon: A replacement rotating beacon, compatible with the existing beacon, will cost approximately$4,000. We may be able to get a better price if we include this item in the NavAid and Signage upgrade project. Given the concerns of the Utilities Department Director regarding the structural integrity of the water tower as well as the difficulty of accessing the top of the tower, airport staff advises that the new beacon be installed on the existing beacon tower. Wash Rack: Due to the lack of sewer service at LRU, a wash rack that complies with EPA regulations will be expensive. If the Board wishes, this can be added to the airport Capital Improvement Program as a future year item. Compass Rose: The City surveying section has indicated that they have the necessary equipment and expertise to lay out a compass rose. If the EAA offer of painting it still stands, then the only thing left to determine is an appropriate location. 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. Runway 4-22: The City has received $503,000 of the total settlement amount of $603,000 from the US Air Force. Repair options will be presented to City Council at a near future work session for their consideration. TAF Service: A representative from NOAA approached us about starting TAF service at LRU. A TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast) is a concise statement of the expected meteorological conditions within 5 miles of a specific airfield during a specified period (usually 12-24 hours). Service will commence within the next few months. It is free of charge. West End Infrastructure: City Council approved the contract award for the West End Infrastructure to Morrow Enterprises at their February 6 meeting. The total amount of the project is estimated to be $810,000. A preconstruction meeting will be held shortly, and construction should commence in mid to late March. The work is estimated to take at least 120 days. Air Traffic Control Tower: Still waiting on word from FAA as to when the tower site modeling exercise will occur. The paperwork transferring the money from FAA to the City has been executed and received. Landscaping: The City Parks section is surveying locations for 230 trees to be planted in phases along Crawford Boulevard. A drip system will be installed to irrigate the trees. This will create a beautiful entryway for the airport once the trees mature. Budget: The City's budget process is well underway. The airport budget will be largely the same as last year's with a few very minor changes. Airport Manager's meeting: I attended the New Mexico Airport Manager's Association meeting in Albuquerque last month. We heard presentations on the State's new grant management system and on the aviation funding stabilization bill. New officers were elected: President: Steve Summers, Clovis Vice President Mike Halpin, Belen Board Members: Mark Fratrick, Taos Mike Medley, Double Eagle II David Ploeger, Los Alamos Legislative issues: SB 237, Aviation Division Collection Reversions, is currently under consideration by the state legislature. This bill creates a new distribution to the state aviation fund from gross receipts tax revenue that would otherwise go to the general fund. The distribution will be $80,000 per month in FY 07, $167,000 per month in FY 08, and$250,000 per month in FY 09. If it passes,this bill will greatly increase the amount of state funding available for airport improvement projects. AAAE meeting: There will be a meeting of the South Central Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives February 27-28 in Albuquerque. I plan to attend.