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Airport Commission Regular Meeting

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

January 4th, 2021

CALL TO ORDER:   @ 9:30am
Roll Call: Meeting Recorded
Members Present: Andrew Vandenberg, Jeff Dahle, Jerry Campbell, Patricia Herdklotz, Bernard Spera, David Wolske, Daniel Palomino, Russ Saunders
FBO Present: Bob Skinner
Members Absent: George Schoen
Council Member Present: None
Staff Present: Chance Metcalf, Kaylea Kathol
Guests: None
            Campbell moves to approve minutes as written, Herdklotz seconds, All ayes, motion carries.
2. Commissioner Announcements – Dahle introduced Russ Saunders, newest member of the Airport Commission. Dahle requests addition to new business section: a brief discussion on identifying an Airport Day date. Commission supports.
3. Public Forum – None
4. Unfinished Business:
  1. Airport Security – No updates from the security working group.  City is waiting on commission to advise on security items to move forward on.  The working group will meet before the next meeting and will return with suggestions on future action.  This item will be moved to the action item list on the February agenda.
  1. Out of Service Aircrafts – One of the three aircraft has been dealt with.  A second is paid up for tie-down fees, and the owner is looking into selling it.  The third aircraft has been abandoned and is owned by a trust that cannot be contacted.  Metcalf is waiting for response from legal department on how to handle abandoned aircraft. The commission discussed moving the abandoned aircraft to an area where it would be less conspicuous.  The commission discussed creating a policy for future non-payment of tie down fees.  Metcalf relayed that the Public Works Director recommends the Commission should develop verbiage regarding consequences of non-payment of fees that could be incorporated in the annual rates and fees sheet that gets approved by council every spring.              Additional questions that staff will need legal counsel on: 
Can we develop policy for procedures and consequences for delinquent tie down fees?
Can we develop policy for procedures for addressing a paying tenant whose aircraft is not airworthy?
              C. Action Item List-
a. Commission Member Vacancies – No vacancies after Russ Saunders recent appointment.
b. Airport Maintenance Plan – No Action.
c. Flight Path Trees - Commission discussion past costs and the number of trees that needed to be removed. Commission would like an update when this project is complete. Commission elects to remove this item form the action list.
d. Airport Emergency Preparedness – Campbell incorporated City’s feedback on plan.  Next step is to bring the finished document to Council for adoption.
Dahle moves that airport emergency plan is submitted to council by staff.  Wolske Seconds, passes unanimous 10:26 AM.
5.    New Business:
  1. In Person Meeting Dates – Dahle acknowledged this is a fluid discussion due to covid restrictions and suggested that the commission table this topic until there is change in the pandemic status. 
  1. Mission Statement & Goals – Dahle and Wolske suggest it is unlikely that this can be accomplished in a single monthly meeting.  Commission discussed ways to accomplish this without breaking public meeting rules.  One option is a work group.  Another option is to send comments to a staff liaison, who can compile those comments and distribute them in a way that complies with public meeting rules. Wolske, Saunders, and Skinner will be on the work group.
  1. Airport: Good Neighbor Items – Skinner has heard some bullets that sound like fully automatic weapons and reported that to the police.  Palomino suggested contacting the Range Safety Officer at Ashland Gun and Archery Club to see if they know anything about such activity, although it may be completely unrelated to the club.
  1. Airport Day - Skinner suggested a date that avoids taxiway reconstruction.  Reconstruction will be occurring in August/September/October.  Wolske advises postponing the date.  Herdklotz suggested she would be happy to do some monthly PR to make sure the airport stays in the public eye.  Commission agreed to Cancel Airport Day for 2022 and support Herdklotz PR effort.
  1. FBO REPORTS - Skinner has nothing to add to reports.
7.    Next Meeting Agenda Items – Mission Statement & Goals, and Out of Service Aircrafts.

8.    Next Meeting Date - 2/01/22
   ADJOURNMENT:  @ 11:15am
Respectfully submitted,
Chance Metcalf
Project Manager  (Recording Available by Request)

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