Meeting Minutes for:
December Board Meeting
Yuma International Airport, Conference Room
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 04:00 PM
Call to Order:
The Yuma County Airport Authority, Inc. (YCAA) Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order at 4:00PM on December 13, 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
Stanley Gourley, Treasurer
Albert Gardner, Director
Juan Guzman, Director
Ken Scott, Director
YCAA DIRECTORS ABSENT WERE:
Russell Jones, 2nd Vice President
Eric Saltzer, Secretary
William Fox, Director
Reetika Dhawan, Director
Jenny Torres, Director
ALSO PRESENT WERE:
Gladys Brown, Airport Director
Gerald Hinkle, Jr., Chief Financial Officer
Andrea Lopez, Executive Assistant
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 November 8, 2022, Board Meeting. Mr. Gourley so, moved. Mr. Hager seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Votes in Favor:
Votes Opposed: None
1) Finance Committee Chair, Stanley Gourley, will provide a summary on the December 6, 2022, Meeting.
Finance Committee Chair, Stanley Gourley, provided a brief summary of the December 6, 2022, Meeting. Mr. Gourley described how the committee evaluated the options available for consideration related to YCAA’s Long-Term Debt. Mr. Gourley told the Board that the Finance Committee intends to meet again to further discuss this topic. He then described the Committee’s discussion regarding efforts to obtain adequate liability insurance coverage that would include the parachute operation at Rolle Airfield Airport. Mr. Gourley then briefed the Board on the Committees recommendation to authorize the proposed investment in bring electrical service to Rolle Airfield Airport through an “Off-Budget” expenditure of Capital Reserves in the estimated amount of approximately $750,000 but up to $800,000 as stated in Agenda Item #2.
1) Monthly report by Chief Financial Officer on current financial status.
Mr. Hinkle, Chief Financial Officer briefed the Board on our current financial status. Ms. Brown, Airport Director, followed with a briefing on the YCAA’s status of Capitol Reserves and details related to Long Term Note #1713 held by 1st Bank Yuma.
2) Discussion and possible action on the “Off-Budget” expenditure of Capital Reserves to bring electricity to Rolle Airfield Airport.
Ms. Brown, Airport Director, described Rolle Airfield Airport for those unfamiliar including important elements of its management such as the existing “Contract and License Agreement” between the County of Yuma and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), as well as negotiations currently underway which will ultimately lead to an agreement directly between the BOR and the YCAA.
After describing the facilities currently available at Rolle Airfield Airport as a result of YCAA’s previous investments, Ms. Brown addressed the largest factor currently restricting growth and expansion of aviation activities, its lack of electrical power. She continued by describing how electricity could be brought to the property from almost two miles away and recent proposals received by Arizona Public Service and a local electrical contractor which totaled $750,000. Ms. Brown informed the Board that an electrical design has been completed as well as a feasibility study.
Ms. Brown, Airport Director, informed the Board that if authorized to move forward, necessary coordination and approvals, would include the Bureau of Reclamation, the City of San Luis and the County of Yuma, all of which will likely provide their full support.
After extensive discussion regarding the proposed investment to bring electricity to Rolle Field Airport, Mr. Craft, the YCAA President, called for a motion to authorize an investment in electrical service from Arizona Public Service for Rolle Airfield Airport to further its primary objective to Promote and Foster Civil Aviation through an “Off-Budget” expenditure of Capital Reserves in the estimated amount of approximately $750,000 but up to $800,000 contingent upon final review and approval by Airport Staff and Airport Legal Counsel. Mr. Gardner so, moved. Mr. Scott seconded the motion. Motion passed by a majority vote.
Votes in Favor:
There was no Military Liaison in attendance.
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, VirTower Reports for Rolle and NYL, American Airlines updates along with the load capacities and schedule, TSA update which included the screening throughput numbers, Rent Car update, Brewers restaurant update, repairs to broken water lines, replacing of LED lighting in Baggage Claim, Rolle Airfield Update, Taxiway F1 Rehabilitation, REAL ID extension, marketing and community outreach over the past month to include social media.
CALL TO THE PUBLIC
There were no Public Comments.
There being no further business before the Board the meeting adjourned at 5:14PM.
|// Approved //|
President, Yuma County Airport Authority
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