01/11/2022

Meeting Minutes for:
January Board Meeting
Yuma International Airport, Conference Room
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 04:04 PM

    Call to Order:
    The Yuma County Airport Authority, Inc. (YCAA) Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order at 4:04 PM on 01/11/2022 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
    Russell Jones, 2nd Vice President
    Stanley Gourley, Treasurer
    Eric Saltzer, Secretary
    Reetika Dhawan, Director
    William Fox, Director
    Albert Gardner, Director
    Jenny Torres, Director

    YCAA DIRECTORS ABSENT WERE:
    Dean Hager, 1st Vice President
    Juan Guzman, Director
    Ken Scott, Director

    ALSO PRESENT WERE:
    Gladys D. Brown, CM, CAE, Airport Director
    Gerald L. Hinkle, Jr., CPA, Chief Financial Officer
    Sam Whitfield, Operations Supervisor
    Gen Grosse, Property/Community Relations
    Lt Colonel Mike Hayes, USMC, Military Liaison
    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 December 8, 2021 Board Meeting. Ms. Dhawan so moved. Mr. Jones seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

    Votes in Favor:
    Mr. Craft
    Mr. Saltzer
    Mr. Jones
    Ms. Dhawan
    Mr. Fox
    Mr. Gardner
    Mr. Gourley
    Ms. Torres

    Votes Opposed: None

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    1) Mr. Craft, the YCAA President, introduced and welcomed new Board Director, Stanley Gourley and Ken Scott.

    2) Ms. Brown, Airport Director, announce the 2021 Employee of the Year Sam Whitfield. Ms. Brown described how Mr. Whitfield joined the YCAA Team on September 30, 2009. Words that have been used to describe Mr. Whitfield are responsible, friendly, helpful, a team player, kind, dependable, takes on challenges, easy to get along with, great disposition, has attention to detail, and provides amazing customer service. Ms. Brown thanked Mr. Whitfield for his service, as did the President, Mr. Craft and other members of the Board of Directors.

    REGULAR AGENDA

    1) Discussion and possible action to authorize the President, Airport Director, or their designated representative to sign all related documents for PFC Application Number 7, which proposes to impose and use a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) for the purpose of acquiring necessary airfield equipment.

    Ms. Brown, Airport Director, described how the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program is intended to allow for the regulated collection of fees from airport users for the purpose of making airport facility improvements. The program allows airports to mandate air carriers collect up to $4.50 per enplaned passenger as part of the ticketing process and remit those funds to the airport to be expended on FAA approved projects. The Airport’s existing program allows for the collection PFC’s through March of 2023.

    Ms. Brown, explained that YCAA is seeking FAA Authorization to establish an additional PFC program (PFC #7) that will extend the authorized collection date through March of 2025 providing revenues necessary to support additional improvements. PFC #7 will provide a total of $500,000 for the acquisition of one (1) new airfield power sweeper at an estimated cost of $250,000 and three (3) new passenger boarding ramps at an estimated cost of $250,000. A notification will be provided to air carriers seeking their input on plans to seek authorization to collect and expend a total of $500,000.

    PFC revenues must be held and accounted for separately from other airport funds. The account utilized for this purpose currently contains $1,445,147. A schedule was provided identifying each existing approved PFC Project, amounts expended to date as well as amounts remaining available to expend.

    If authorized, the YCAA will hold a public meeting on February 17, 2022 at which time staff will inform interested parties, including the air carriers, of this proposal and seek comment which will be provided to the FAA along with our application. The proposed projects support the air carrier’s ability to operate safely and expand operations. Opposition is not anticipated. PFC #7 will provide $250,000 for the purchase of a new runway sweeper, and $250,000 for the purchase of three (3) new passenger boarding ramps. The entire estimated cost of these acquisitions will be funded by the Airport’s PFC program resulting in no impact to the FY22 operational budget.

    Mr. Craft, the YCAA President, called for a motion to authorize the YCAA President, Airport Director, or their designated representative to sign all related documents for PFC Application Number 7, which proposes to Impose and Use a PFC for the purpose of acquiring necessary airfield equipment. Mr. Gardner so moved. Mr. Gourley seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

    Votes in Favor:
    Mr. Craft
    Mr. Saltzer
    Mr. Jones
    Ms. Dhawan
    Mr. Fox
    Mr. Gardner
    Mr. Gourley
    Ms. Torres

    Votes Opposed: None

    2) 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
    Lt Colonel Mike Hayes, USMC, Military Liaison shared while the 2022 Yuma Airshow has been cancelled, the annual Drum and Bugle Corps/Silent Drill Team performance and 5K marathon are stilled planned to be held in March.

    3) 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, American Airlines updates along with the load capacities and schedule, TSA update which included the screening throughput numbers, Airport parking lot, Rent Car update, Brewers restaurant update, Airport Master Plan update facility improvements & Interests, marketing and community outreach over the past month to include social media.

    CALL TO THE PUBLIC
    There were no Public Comments.

    ADJOURNMENT
    There being no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 4:44 PM.




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


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