Ashland Airport Commission
May 11th, 2021
CALL TO ORDER: @ 9:37am
Roll Call: Meeting Recorded
Members Present: Andrew Vandenberg, Jeff Dahle, David Wolske, Jerry Campbell, George Schoen
FBO Present: Bob Skinner
Members Absent: Patricia Herdklotz, Daniel Palomino, Bernard Spera
Council Member Present: Shaun Moran
Staff Present: Chance Metcalf, Kaylea Kathol, Shannon Burruss
Guests: Todd Pershing
1. Information Items-
A. Commissioners: None
B. Public Forum: None
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - 04/06/21
Dahle moves to approve minutes as written, Campbell seconds
All ayes, motion carries.
3. Old Business
A. Commission Chair and Vice Chair Election - Wolske opens the floor for nominations. Schoen nominates Wolske, Metcalf relays that Wolske has served three consecutive terms and must take at least one term off before he can be elected again. Schoen withdraws nomination.
Dahle volunteers for Chair. Wolske seconds. All Ayes, motion carries.
Wolske nominates Herdklotz as Vice Chair, Dahle seconds. All Ayes motion carries.
B. Action Item List -
a. Airport Entrance Landscaping - Kathol informs Commission that the project has been completed on budget and ahead of schedule. They project has a one-year maintenance period, contractor will come out once a month at no cost to the Commission or City. Kathol states her approval of the end result.
b. Commission Member Vacancies - Wolske informs Commission to keep an eye out, as they have been.
c. Airport Maintenance Plan - Metcalf states the process is still going forward and has yet to be finalized. Metcalf presents a cost estimate for a private maintenance company he has received, which is much higher than the current contract with the Parks department, with less work. He recommends continuing to pursue a plan with Parks.
d. Flight Path Trees - Metcalf updates Commission that the survey has been completed.
e. Airport Emergency Preparedness - The work group has met earlier in the month, Campbell was able to find and modify an existing, related plan that he was able to modify to suit Ashland. The hope is that the document will be reviewed by Skinner for over site first and then to submit the plan to the various City leaders involved with emergency preparedness for their review and input as well as Jackson County, and then to take it before Council eventually to be added as an addition to Ashland’s current Emergency Preparedness plans. Ultimately distributing to other small airports around Oregon. Skinner and Metcalf discuss possibility of utilizing Brim’s existing generator for emergency power. Metcalf also states that talks with the Community Solar project has happened recently and he will bring more information in the future.
4. New Business:
A. New Hangar Construction Proposal - Metcalf addresses proposal as contained in agenda packet. Commission and Skinner ask Pershing questions regarding his application details. Pershing is requesting Commission approval prior to taking the plan to the Planning Commission. Wolske states that it is the consensus of the Commission that the project is accepted on principle and that it should move forward through the rest of the approval process.
B. Airport: Good Neighbor Items: Skinner states that there hasn’t been much contact from residents. Skinner inquires as to the status of the Fiber project. Metcalf states that he’s not heard anything specific and will inquire and get back. Brim reported to Skinner that three of his batteries have been stolen from various places. Skinner states that a refocus on talking about Airport security might be prudent
Wolske requests to add Riparian Restoration to future agenda items on the Action Item List. Kathol asks what specifically he’d like added. Wolske states he’d like to see Commission be more proactive in taking care of the water ways, Neil and Emigrant Creeks, around the airport.
NEXT MEETING DATE: 06/01/21
ADJOURNMENT: @ 10:32am
Public Works Administration
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