06/14/2022

Meeting Minutes for:
June Board Meeting
Yuma International Airport, Conference Room
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 04:01 PM


Call to Order:
The Yuma County Airport Authority, Inc. (YCAA) Regular Board Meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order at 4:01PM on June 14, 2022, in the Yuma International Airport Conference Room, 2191 E. 32nd Street, Suite 218, Yuma, Arizona 85365. The Presiding officer was Bill Craft, President.

YCAA DIRECTORS PRESENT WERE:
Bill Craft, President
Dean Hager, 1st Vice President
Russell Jones, 2nd Vice President
Stanley Gourley, Treasurer
Eric Saltzer, Secretary
Reetika Dhawan, Director (joined the meeting at 4:02PM)
William Fox, Director
Juan Guzman, Director
Ken Scott, Director

YCAA DIRECTORS ABSENT WERE:
Albert Gardner, Director
Jenny Torres, Director

ALSO PRESENT WERE:
Gladys Brown, Airport Director
Gerald Hinkle, Jr., Chief Financial Officer
Andrea Lopez, Executive Assistant
Maj Troy Rees, USMC, Assistant Operations Officer
Silvia Gunderman, 1st Bank Yuma
Ryan Hart, Million Air Yuma

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
There were no Public Comments.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Craft, the YCAA President, called for a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2022, Regular Board Meeting. Mr. Hager so moved. Mr. Scott seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Votes in Favor:
Mr. Craft
Mr. Hager
Mr. Jones
Mr. Gourley
Mr. Saltzer
Mr. Fox
Mr. Guzman
Mr. Scott

Votes Opposed: None

COMMITTEE REPORTS
1) Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Russ Jones, will provide a summary on the May 26, 2022, meeting.

Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Russ Jones, provided a briefing on the May 26, 2022, committee meeting.

Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Russ Jones, provided a briefing about the Airport Capital Improvement Plans: The Committee recommended the Board of Directors adopt the Yuma International Airport 2023-2027 and Rolle Airfield 2024 to 2028 Airport Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) as presented.

Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Russ Jones, provided a briefing about the proposed Lease Extension for Aircraft Storage Hangar at Skydive San Luis: The Committee recommended the Board of Directors move forward with negotiations to extend the existing aircraft storage hangar lease with Skydive San Luis for an additional three years.

Ms. Brown clarified long term lease assignments have lease terms of five years or more, and that the signature policy without Board approval is up to $50,000. She further explained while the lease extension with Skydive San Luis is within her authorization, she will continue to brief the Board on expenditures and revenues.

2) Finance Committee Chair, Stanley Gourley, will provide a summary on the June 3, 2022, meeting.

Finance Committee Chair, Stanley Gourley, provided a briefing on the June 3, 2022, committee meeting.

Finance Committee Chair, Stanley Gourley, provided a briefing about the Airport Capital Improvement Plans: The Committee recommended the Board of Directors adopt the Yuma International Airport 2023-2027 and Rolle Airfield 2024 to 2028 Airport Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) as presented.

Finance Committee Chair, Stanley Gourley, explained that the Committee reviewed the FY22 financial information, discussed the Airport Directors intention to provide an investment in personnel and agreed with her plans to implement the FY23 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) effective July 2022. Mr. Gourley pointed out that no official Board action is required for either. He further explained discussions related to FY23 personnel costs will be addressed as part of the annual budget process. Ms. Dhawan recommends the Board take similar action in regards to the Airport Director’s compensation package, noting the process will play out in the coming months as stipulated in her contract.

REGULAR AGENDA
1) Discussion and possible recommendation to adopt the Yuma International Airport 2023 - 2027 and Rolle Airfield 2024 - 2028 Airport Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) as presented.

Ms. Brown, the Airport Director, described the ACIP process in some detail and presented the projects to be submitted to the FAA and ADOT regarding future development, rehabilitation, and reconstruction at the Yuma International Airport.

Ms. Brown, then presented the ACIP for Rolle Airfield Airport, which has its own Masterplan and infrastructure planning process. Since the airport does not qualify for FAA funding, the plan will be submitted to ADOT only. Ms. Brown emphasized that due to the current situation of having less than twenty years remaining on the County’s lease on the property, along with the YCAA’s status as the County’s agent assigned to manage the property, the YCAA does not currently qualify for ADOT capital improvement grant funding. Ms. Brown followed by updating the Board on efforts to enter into an agreement directly between the YCAA and the Bureau of Reclamation which would resolve this issue.

Mr. Craft, the YCAA President, called for a motion to adopt the Yuma International Airport 2023 to 2027 and the Rolle Airfield 2024 to 2028 Airport Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) as presented and any minor revisions as discussed with the FAA and ADOT during the review process. Mr. Jones so moved. Mr. Gourley seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Votes in Favor:
Mr. Craft
Mr. Hager
Mr. Jones
Mr. Gourley
Mr. Saltzer
Ms. Dhawan
Mr. Fox
Mr. Guzman
Mr. Scott

Votes Opposed: None

2) Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed extension to the existing aircraft storage lease between the YCAA and Skydive San Luis at Rolle Airfield.

Ms. Brown, the Airport Director, described a request for an extended term for the aircraft storage hangar at Rolle Airfield by Skydive San Luis for an additional three (3) years. She explained the tenants’ current operations at Rolle Airfield, and while she is authorized to make the decision without Board action she brought it for consideration due to risk management issues involved.

Ms. Brown explained in some detail how the YCAA’s liability insurance specifically excludes coverage for skydive operations leaving the YCAA and the County of Yuma at risk in the case of a mishap. She further explained steps staff had taken to reduce risk including development of a waiver by Airport Legal Counsel to be signed by all customers. Ms. Brown shared other airports assume similar risk and spoke briefly about the inability for the tenant to obtain coverage greater than $1 Million however the YCAA and the County of Yuma are listed as additional insureds.

Ms. Brown explained the current status of Rolle Airfield’s existing license agreement between Yuma County and the Bureau of Reclamation and the steps necessary to have that switched from Yuma County to the YCAA. Additionally, Ms. Brown provided an update to get APS power to the airfield and will provide additional details to the Board as discussions progress.

Mr. Craft, the YCAA President, called for a motion to authorize the President, Airport Director, or their designated representative, contingent upon final review and approval by Airport Staff and Airport Legal Counsel, to enter into a lease amendment with Skydive San Luis, LLC to extend the termination date to November 30, 2025. Mr. Jones so moved. Mr. Fox seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Votes in Favor:
Mr. Craft
Mr. Hager
Mr. Jones
Mr. Gourley
Mr. Saltzer
Ms. Dhawan
Mr. Fox
Mr. Guzman
Mr. Scott

Votes Opposed: None

3) Monthly report by Chief Financial Officer on current financial status.

Mr. Hinkle, Chief Financial Officer briefed the Board on our current financial status.

MILITARY LIAISON
Col Maj Troy Rees, USMC, Assistant Operations Officer, provided updates at MCAS Yuma.

4) Presentation and update regarding current construction projects, associated contracts, grant status, general aviation, marketing efforts, terminal improvements, aviation conferences, meetings, and items of interest with the city and county or other federal or state agencies. This will include, but is not limited to, additional information, FAA and ADOT grant updates, an overview of projects underway, airport operations, Rolle Airfield, airline recruitment and retention efforts, general aviation, future events, and other Airport business.

Ms. Brown, Airport Director, provided a presentation on the status of airfield operations to include the runways and taxiways, Board Member Reetika Dhawan being accepted into the Flinn Brown Fellowship, American Airlines updates along with the load capacities and schedule, TSA update which included the screening throughput numbers, Rent Car update, Brewers restaurant update, Parking Lot update, AgTech Biosolids Management, marketing and community outreach over the past month to include social media, screens located within the terminal, the upcoming GA Social and Employee Highlight of the Months for May and June.

Ms. Brown, Airport Director, explained the Board will go dark in the month of July. The next Board Meeting will take place Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 4:00PM.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
There were no Public Comments.

ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business before the Board the meeting adjourned at 4:56PM.




// Approved //
Eric Saltzer
Secretary, Yuma County Airport Authority; Public Relations Committee Chairman


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