6.1 The lack of work by Shutt Moen on the Airports Master Plan was discussed.
Mr. Horton noted that there has been little done by Shutt Moen in the last
twelve months and some billed work is being questioned. The only public meeting
held so far was held over a year ago in McKinleyville. There is a meeting
between the County and Shutt Moen scheduled for December 7, 2001. When the
contract was let for the master plan there were no timelines in the contract so
it is hard to enforce any timely completion of the hearings and master plan
completion. It is hoped that the County and Shutt Moen can come to some
agreement as to timelines for the master plan at the December 7, 2001 meeting.
The status of the deer fencing was discussed. There is a Coastal Commission
hearing on December 14, 2001 to consider the appeal make by some of the
landowners north of the airport to stop construction of the deer fencing on the
bluff side of the airport. The FAA is expected to approve the deer fencing plan
design and request for funding. As soon as FAA approval has been received the
request for construction bids will go out. It is hoped that the contract will be
let by the end of January 2002. The contract may be a two-phase contract if the
Coastal Committee hearing is not complete, so that the fencing in the
non-coastal area can be started as soon a bid is approved.
AV8CANDO Conference is scheduled for Saturday February 16, 2002 at the River
Lodge in Fortuna. Shutt Moen and all Airport Advisory Committee Members are
encouraged to attend.
6.4 The Federal Budget for the FAA has not yet been
approved, so the funding to staff the new portable control tower at the
Arcata/Eureka Airport is still up in the air, but is expected to be included in
the approved budget.
6.5 Mr. Horton has requested the purchase of two
Super Unicom units, one for Eureka Murray Airport and one for Rohnerville
Airport 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.