CALL TO ORDER
Zeve called meeting to order at 9:30 AM
Members Present: Lincoln Zeve, George Schoen, Susan Moen, Daniel Palomino, Bernard Spera, Bill Skillman, William Butler, Bob Skinner, Mike Morris (Council Liaison), and Dana Greaves
Members Absent: David Wolske (Chair) and Scott Fleury
Staff: Kaylea Kathol, and Tara Kiewel
Guests: Preston McGill True South Solar, Andrew Brandenburg, Julie Brim, and Burl Brim
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Approval of December 5, 2017 minutes
Commissioners Zeve/Palomino m/s to approve minutes. All ayes. Minutes approved.
Brim wanted to discuss mowing at the Airport and that it wasn’t happening enough. Skinner mentioned this is listed under system services in the budget and he would like to see a specific breakdown. Skinner said there could be improvement with the frequency of the mowing and that it appears Parks comes when they have time. Kathol told the Commission that the mowing for the Airport is contracted with the Parks Department for the biennium, and they mow four times a year with other maintenance items. It is not possible to change this until the next biennium. The Commission was in agreement that the mowing was not frequent enough. Brim said the spraying that happened last season created dust and debris for the helicopters. Kathol explained the reason for the spraying was to protect the pavement and to improve the life of the pavement. Zeve asked when the contract comes due is it possible to send out to a private contractor. Kathol said it could be looked into in the next biennium and sent out for competitive bid. Skinner wanted to know the cost for the mowing and Kathol estimated $6,000.00 per year for mowing and maintenance. Zeve asked Kathol to update the Commission at the next meeting on the mowing schedule and add this item to the action item list.
Solar Panel Feasibility Presentation- True South Solar
See attached presentation
Zeve questioned if the airport has the funds to install solar panels and McGill said there are funding options available including grants and a power purchase agreement. Kathol said there is not money in the current Airport budget for this project.
Zeve asked if it would make sense to install more panels than just what would offset the Airport energy consumption. McGill said this can get complicated with the upfront costs and that the City can’t take tax credits. Greaves mentioned if we get a grant then it could make sense. Zeve asked if it would be a better benefit if a private business were to do this project. McGill explained that a private business can take a 30% tax credit plus depreciation. Zeve said the Airport using $300.00 of energy a month and questioned doing the project for this small of savings. Greaves felt that trying to get a grant for this project was a good idea and Moen agreed.
Morris asked what the energy potential is if solar panels were installed on the entire hangar roof because the City has an ordinance to create 10% renewable energy by 2020 and may be interested in using the Airport to achieve these goals. Morris explained the City’s Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) agreement states that if we create over a megawatt of energy we pay a penalty. Morris asked if the panels would create issues for pilots. McGill explained a reflection study could be done to avoid any glare issues. Zeve asked if this could become a city project utilizing the Airport infrastructure. Skinner said if the City uses the Airport for this project it would be great for the Airports image. Skinner asked if the Commission was interested how they would proceed with the City. Morris told the Commission that the City created a Climate Energy Action Plan (CEAP) and came up with a plan on how to cut the carbon footprint by 8% a year and now there is a pilot group that has just started meeting. Morris said he would get more information from the City Administrator and update the commission.
Action Item List