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March 20, 2013 Regular Meeting Minutes

Jamestown Regional Airport Authority
Board Meeting of March 20, 2013

Call to Order:

The JRAA meeting of March 20, 2013 was called to order by Chairman Jim Boyd, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:

Present: Jim Boyd, Leo Ryan, Katie Andersen, Jeff Wilhelm, Brent Harris, Craig Neys, Wayne Mathson.
Absent: Keith Veil.
Staff: Matthew Leitner, Kimberlee Mickelson.
Guests: Steve Aldinger, Brad Stangeland, Kari Lucin, Lynn Hopewell, Jon Cave.


Mr. Neys stated that he was absent during the February meeting and asked for the record to reflect this. Mr. Wilhelm moved to approve the February meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Mathson seconded the motion; all in favor signified by saying aye, motion carried.

Hearings from the Audience:

None noted.

Notification of Conflict of Interest:

None noted.

Chairman's Comments:

Mr. Boyd commended Mayor Andersen for her productive involvement regarding the overhaul of the JRAA annual budget and monthly financial reporting statements. Mr. Boyd went on to say he attended the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium in Fargo with Mr. Leitner and felt that it was a worthwhile experience.

Project Report, Steve Aldinger:

Mr. Aldinger informed the JRAA that EAPC is willing to cover the cost of repairing the outdoor light fixtures, which was well received. Regarding future land use derived from recent strategic planning initiatives, Mr. Aldinger briefly reviewed FAA guidance and policy pertaining to non-aeronautical land use. The JRAA was also informed that FAA funding was granted for the replacement of the airport's rotating beacon, access gates and runway 4/22 PAPI assemblies. Mr. Aldinger stated he had an engineering agreement with him for these projects, including a lump sum amount of $9,000.00 for the design and a not-to-exceed amount of $5,000.00 for engineering. Mr. Harris made the motion to accept the engineering agreement, Mr. Wilhelm seconded the motion, roll call; Mayor Andersen, aye; Mr. Neys, aye; Mr. Mathson, aye; Mr. Boyd, aye; Mr. Harris, aye; Mr. Wilhelm, aye; motion carried.

Mr. Aldinger concluded by mentioning that the wetland mitigation plan has been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Financial Information for February, 2013:

Review and Approve Indebtedness Report/Accounts Payable:

Mayor Andersen asked for clarification regarding costs incurred for an upgrade to the electrical outlets utilized by the scheduled air carrier and subsequently made a motion to approve.

Mayor Andersen moved to approve, Mr. Wilhelm seconded the motion, roll call: Mayor Andersen, aye; Mr. Boyd, aye; Mr. Harris, aye; Mr. Wilhelm, aye; Mr. Mathson, aye; Mr. Neys, aye; motion carried

Accounts Receivable:

All are current.

Financial Statements:

Mr. Boyd suggested adding a column for monthly line-item comments to be populated by the airport manager to explain periodic variations.

Great Lakes Airlines:

Official boarding number for February 2013 was 184.

Strategic Planning:

Commercial Air Service:

Airline marketing, service, fares and ticket procurement were discussed, with the overall objective being to maximize the airport's competitive advantage.

General Aviation:

Mr. Wilhelm emphasized the need to build hangars as a proactive measure to accommodate large-scale general aviation growth. Mr. Wilhelm suggested the JRAA host a public interest meeting for hangar development and construction. Mr. Wilhelm made a motion to have Mr. Aldinger complete a drawing of various hangar construction options to present at the meeting. Mayor Andersen seconded the motion. All those in favor signified by saying aye, motion carried.

Mr. Wilhelm would like to conduct the public interest meeting on April 10, 2013, beginning at 6:00PM, in the JRAA board room.

Economic Development:

Mr. Boyd suggested a representative, or representatives, from the JRAA attend the local land-use public information meeting to be held on April 4th at the Quality Inn and Suites.

Manager's Report:

Mr. Leitner stated that all of our equipment is in fine working order and that the field is being maintained in accordance with our FAA ACM.

Other Business:

Dakota Skies:

Mr. Stangeland presented a proposal to the JRAA of buying-out his contract with Bemidji Aviation in the amount of $4,000, so he may relocate to Jamestown and offer a full-time flight instruction program.

Mr. Ryan suggested the JRAA move forward on paying the Stutsman County bill for special assessments, as the airport is set to recover these costs via additional funding provided by a levy. Mayor Andersen moved to approve the county tax payment, Mr. Wilhelm seconded the motion, roll call; Mr. Boyd, aye; Mr. Mathson, aye; Mr. Neys, aye; Mr. Wilhelm, aye; Mr. Harris, aye; Mayor Andersen, aye; motion carried.

Mr. Ryan asked the chairman to appoint a committee to review the airport leases. Mr. Boyd appointed Mayor Andersen as the committee chair.

Meeting was adjourned: Next meeting set for April 17th, 2013 at 6:00pm, in the JRA board room.