Humboldt County Airport
Minutes for April 23, 2002
at 7:00 PM
Dave Zebo Conference Room
1.0 Call to Order
1.1 Chairman Limmer called
the meeting to order at 7:05 PM
2.0 Roll Call
2.1 Members present:
Jack Limmer Alistair McCrone, Chuck Goodwin, George Jutila, Al
Castaldi, Art Hooven, Dan Horton
2.2 Guests: David
3.0 Minutes of the meeting of
March 26, 2002 were reviewed and approved.
4.0 Airports Manager Dan
Horton reported the following
4.1 A request for
$400,000 the first per year, $300,000 the second and $200,000 the
third for EAS has been submitted to the Federal Government. Total
funding would be $1,874,000 over a three-year period. Interested
airlines are Horizon (70 PAX Turbo-Prop -PDX & SEA), United
Express (50 PA XRJ - SFO, DEN & LAX) and Delta Connection (50
PAX RJ - SLC & BOI). Evergreen has sent a letter of intent to
run two SC-9 flights per day for freight. The Website is at
www.dms.dot.gov and the docket number is 2002-11590-1.
4.2 State Assembly
Bill AB 2719 will divert to state aeronautics 19 million dollars
from jet fuel taxes. Input from as many sources as possible is
requested ASAP. Discussion from the floor lead to Dr. Jutila
making a motion for the Committee to request the County
Supervisors and all the Chamber of Commerce’s from the south end
of Humboldt County through Crescent City to support this bill and
a supporting letter to the author of AB 2719. Vote to pass
4.3 Request for
funding of security at ACV from TSA will not meet expectations and
the deficit will come from the County Aviation budget.. County
Sheriff’s office has requested over $50,000 to supply security
deputies to ACV. Discussion regarding the CTX bomb sniffing
machine versus bomb sniffing dogs. Three dogs cost $12,000, the
machine costs 1,000,000.
4.4 Al Castaldi made
comment about aviation frequency congestion on 124.85 (Seattle
Center) has started again around the Kneeland area westward. Dan
Horton indicated that he would investigate with FAA Frequency
Management. Maybe a call to the FAA Safety Hotline would be in
5.0 Old business
5.1 Shutt Moen and
airports master plan - Dan Horton mentioned that this Thursday and
Friday will have meetings regarding the terminal at ACV. A Title 7
weed has been found in a ditch 40 feet inside the fence along the
approach end to runway 32 at ACV. This may prove to be a problem
in extending the runway.
5.2 Kneeland Airport
Master Plan update - will end up in Title 7 with the Kneeland
Penny Crest plant. US Fish and Wildlife have concerns that will
have to be addressed.
5,3 Deer fencing
status - FAA mandate to install fence two feet under ground. Owner
in NW corner has complained and filed notice with Coastal
Commission regarding putting the fence along the bluff and the
sitting of the fence along their property line.
5.4 Airport security
update - Dr. Jutila sent a letter to Mr. Thompson regarding
security issues at commercial airport security screening. Dan
Horton mentioned that Mr. Mineta (DOT Director) said today that a
"Traveler Card" will contain biometric data and allow
passengers to go through a "reduced" screening process.
5.5 ACV control tower
status - Unclear where the FAA funding is until at least 10/02.
5.5 Super Unicom request
status _ Awaiting approval on AIP funding.
6.0 New business:
6.1 CA. DOT Request
for Airport Security Projects (handout) - Not including ACV,
regarding apron and tiedown lighting and fencing. Around $3,000
for EKA and FOT for security cameras was mentioned. The system may
use a 80 GB hard drive and "burn" CDs automatically. Dan
Horton requested that individuals submit locations for placement
of lights, fencing and cameras. Weather cam will be available 24/7
to the general public via the Internet, versus security cams,
which can be accessed by phone. Multiple motion sensors along the
hangars, tied into directional lighting were discussed at length.
Fence along the pig farm at FOT was discussed. Electric fencing
along the dikes at EKA was discussed including solar power. Only
three sides would need to be done, as the terminal area is already
fenced. Garberville has a request for the construction of two
folding-door hangars, containing four units each with a 30-year
lease. The County would offer a twenty-five year lease unless the
master tenants put in public restrooms and a flight planning
facility. Remote weather camera at Kneeland was discussed.
Airport facilities upgrade request - new tables and 2 dozen chairs
are requested for the FBO facility. Dan Horton will check with
County for availability. Electrical lines will be buried and run
to the hangars to provide electrical power. Automatic gate for FOT
has been purchased.
6.3 Vacancy on the
Airports Advisory Committee - the alternate position is still
6.4 Dr. Jutila and Dan
Horton discussed Poly Steel Buildings for a 60’ X 160’
building on the north side of ACV at the road barn to allow the
FAA to move from the terminal building. Dan Orton has been working
on constructing a G.A. ramp with hangars at the north end of ACV
(off Bravo taxiway).
6.5 Dinsmore has a
neighbor willing to mow the weeds. Dan Horton expects to spend
$180,000 to perform reconstruction along the south side to include
a new culvert. Discussion about security cams and fencing resulted
in not recommending fencing due to community picnics, but
installing security cams due to possible illegal activities.
7.0 Public comments - David
Ravetti asked about the County manning the ATC Tower in ACV as a Unicom
until which time the FAA staffs it and when the FAA does staff it if they
Tower personnel will augment the ASOS. Funds are not available and the
County does not have sufficient staffing. An additional individual will be
hired by County to watch the side gate at the fire barn.
8.0 Date and place of next
meeting - May 8, 2002 at the Dave Zebo Conference Room, Arcata/Eureka
Airport, 7:00 PM. Jack Limmer will be unavailable for the next meeting and
Dr. Jutila will chair the meeting.
9.0 Adjournment at 9:15 PM
by Jack Limmer