Humboldt County Airport
Minutes for March 26, 2002
Dave Zebo Conference Room
1.1 Call to order
1.1 Chairman Limmer called the
meeting to order at 7:10 P.M.
2.0 Roll call
2.1 Members in attendance:
Dr. George Jutila
2.2 Public Employees in attendance
3.0 Adjustment to Calendar
4.0 Review minutes of the previous
4.1 Chairman Limmer asked for changes
to the minutes from January 22, 2002.
4.2 Al Castaldi motioned to approve
as written. Dr. George Jutila provided a second. Motion passed
5.0 Consent Calendar - None.
6.0 Old Business
6.1 Airports Master Plan: Shutt Moen
held a public hearing on the master plan for the Kneeland Airport on
Friday, February 15, 2002 at the Veterans Hall in Fortuna, Ca. There
were about 25 people in attendance. Most in attendance were local
pilots, with several members of the non-flying public and a few
landowners in the vicinity of the Kneeland Airport. The potential
restrictions that might be imposed due to the proximity of the
Kneeland Pennycrest (an endangered plant) was discussed. The public
was urged to write letters of concern and discuss the importance of
the airport as an alternative airport when weather was below minimums
at the county airports at lower altitudes. Copies of the master plan
were passed out to the committee members for their review.
6.2 The deer fencing at the
Eureka/Arcata Airport is now being installed. The contractor is to
only remove as much of the old fencing each day as new fence fabric
can be installed. The fencing at the bluff area on the west side of
the airport will not be installed until June, when the bluff is
expected to be dryer.
6.3 The AV8CANDO Conference held
February 16, 2002 was very informative, and had many excellent
speakers, including staff from the State Deportment of Transportation
Division, AOPA, the medical community and the County Aviation
6.4 Federal money has not yet been
received to the County to staff the new portable control tower at the
Arcata/Eureka Airport. Our request for funding for a permanent control
tower was turned down this year. Congressman Mike Thompson will submit
a request for funding again next year.
6.5 Two Super Unicom units, one for
Eureka Murray Airport and one for Rohnerville Airport are to be funded
from AIP Funds. The cost will be about $58,000 for each unit. The
units are self-checking for accuracy and only need to be serviced
every 24 months. This request should be approved by June 2002.
7.0 New Business
7.1 Security changes for the
Arcata/Eureka Airport were discussed, and included the following:
- Federal screeners have now replaced
the airline screeners. The airlines usually had three people
screening passengers, where the Federal staffing usually consists of
six or more screeners.
- The Federal Government wants to
install bomb-sniffing equipment to be used for all baggage being
checked. A much less costly alternative would be to have
bomb-sniffing dogs at the airport. (The dogs could be used at other
county locations if the need should ever arise.)
- New fencing will be installed to
segregate the Skeet Club area from the rest of the airport.
- The National Guard will be removed
from its security assignment at the Arcata/Eureka Airport in the
near future, and the County will have to provide the armed security
thereafter. The County is discussing how this will be accomplished,
as the Sheriff Department is under staffed and unable to provide
- A private school has applied for a
use permit the operate a school in the vicinity of the Rohnerville
Airport The County has recommended that the permit not be give due
to the proposed location in the airport flight zone.
7.1 The Board of Supervisors has
advertised for new members to fill the vacancies on the Airport
Advisory Committee, and has sent letters to those who had applied to
be on the committee in the past.
7.2 Murray Field is having a deer
problem again and the county is trying to determine how to best deal
8.0 Public Comments
9.0 Date and Place of Next Meeting:
9.1 Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 7 PM,
Dave Zebo Conference Room, Eureka/Arcata Airport.
10.0 Chairman Limmer adjourned at 8:30