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April 17, 2013 Regular Meeting Minutes

Minutes
Jamestown Regional Airport Authority
Board Meeting of April 17, 2013

Call to Order:

The JRAA meeting of April 17, 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, Keith Veil.
Absent: Kimberlee Mickelson.
Staff: Matthew Leitner.
Guests: Steve Aldinger, Ben Busch, Kari Lucin, Lynn Hopewell, Larry Loose, Reed Schwartzkopf.

Motion:

Mr. Leitner mentioned that he inadvertently misspelled the word "regarding" on page one of March's minutes. Mr. Boyd would like the word "deviations" changed to "variations" under the financial portion of the minutes. Mr. Neys moved to approve the March meeting minutes as amended. Mr. Wilhelm 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 all board members for working so hard to carry out the JRAA strategic planning projects. Mr. Boyd went on to state that he was pleased with the turnout for the public meeting regarding proposed t-hangar construction.

Project Report, Steve Aldinger:

Mr. Aldinger said he received a letter back from the US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the airport's wetland mitigation project and the USFWS has approved the proposed plan. Mr. Aldinger said he would like to have a signature page containing signatures from JRAA officers and the land owner agreeing to the terms included with the mitigation plan. Mayor Andersen made a motion to include a signature page to the Wetland Mitigation Plan, Mr. Veil seconded the motion, all those in favor signified by saying aye, motion carried.

Mr. Aldinger went on to present the next two projects, which are replacement of the airport's green and white rotating beacon and PAPIs along runway 4/22 as one project, and the electronic access gates as the other. These projects are not subject to bidding per ND Century Code. A discussion ensued and the decision was made to put forth an RFP to include both local and out-of-state bidders. Mayor Andersen made a motion to perform a request-for-proposal to replace the gates, PAPIs, and beacon. Mr. Veil seconded the motion, all those in favor signified by saying aye, motion carried.

Mr. Aldinger then presented a drawing of the electronic access gates. Mr. Veil suggested widening Gate #3 and, perhaps, installing an electronic actuating mechanism. Mr. Aldinger asked for a motion to approve plans and specs on the gates. Mr. Wilhelm made a motion to approve plans and specs, Mr. Harris seconded the motion, roll call; Mr. Veil, aye; Mayor Andersen, aye; Mr. Boyd, aye; Mr. Harris, aye; Mr. Mathson, aye; Mr. Neys, aye; Mr. Wilhelm, aye; motion carried.

The final item was the proposed t-hangars. Mr. Aldinger said the FAA ADO thought it was a good idea but suggested the airport update its master plan first. Mr. Aldinger said the cost estimate for the full master plan update is $140,000, compared with $30,000 for just the terminal area plan. Mr. Wilhelm made a motion to apply for a grant for the full master plan update and another grant application for just the terminal area, as an alternative. Mr. Veil seconded the motion, roll call; Mr. Boyd, aye; Mr. Wilhelm, aye; Mr. Neys, aye; Mr. Mathson, aye; Mayor Andersen, aye; Mr. Veil, aye; Mr. Harris, aye; motion carried.

Financial Information for March, 2013:

Review and Approve Indebtedness Report/Accounts Payable:

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; Mr. Veil, aye; motion carried

Accounts Receivable:

All are current.

Financial Statements:

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



Great Lakes Airlines:

Official boarding number for March 2013 was 227.

Strategic Planning:

Commercial Air Service

Airline marketing, service, fares and ticket procurement were discussed, with the overall objective being to maximize the airport's share of the local and peripheral market.

General Aviation:

Mr. Veil said he was pleased with the turnout for the public meeting regarding t-hangars. Mr. Boyd said the JRAA should look into the bonding option as a means to finance construction before the next board meeting. Mayor Andersen asked Mr. Leitner to look into insurance and property taxes for the hangars. Mr. Boyd would like to appoint a business plan committee for the hangar project. Mr. Boyd asked Mr. Wilhelm and Mr. Veil to be on the committee.

Economic Development Growth:

A public open house was held on April 4th at the Jamestown Quality Inn and Suites, Mr. Boyd and Mr. Aldinger presented the airport's strategic plan for commercial development.

Managers' Report:

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

Other Business:

Right of First Refusal, Building J:

Mr. Ryan stated that Mr. Larry Loose would like to purchase the Summit Aviation Hangar, JRA Building "J." Mayor Andersen made a motion to wave the airport's right of first refusal, Mr. Mathson seconded the motion. Roll call; Mayor Andersen, aye; Mr. Neys, aye; Mr. Mathson, aye; Mr. Wilhelm, aye; Mr. Harris, aye; Mr. Boyd, aye; Mr. Veil, no; motion carried 6 aye-1 no.

Mr. Harris said the general aviation committee drafted an outline containing the JRAA's requirements for the hire of Mr. Brad Stangeland to conduct a marketing study for flight training. Mr. Boyd asked for a motion to go forward with the study upon Mr. Ryan's approval with a NTE cost of $4,000.00. Mr. Wilhelm made the motion to go forward with the study NTE cost of $4,000.00, contingent on Mr. Ryan's approval, Mr. Harris seconded the motion, roll call; Mayor Andersen, aye; Mr. Harris, aye; Mr. Mathson, aye; Mr. Boyd, aye; Mr. Veil, aye; Mr. Neys, aye; Mr. Wilhelm, aye; motion carried.


Meeting was adjourned: Next meeting set for May 15th, 2013 at 6:00pm, in the JRA board room.