Meeting Minutes from the 2/3/2021 Zoom meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, February 3rd, 2021

President Pat Dodson, V.P. Rod Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout as officers were “present” when the Zoom meeting started at 7:00 sharp. There were 11 Members in attendance along with Shelly the airport Manager. The business portion of the meeting was then called to order.

  • Checkbook balance was $1751.38 as of the date of the meeting. Please note that 2021 dues are due and have been received from only 5 members so far. Please mail the $25 check to: EAA Chapter 31, 86277 Panorama Rd., Springfield, OR  97478   Thanks!!

President Pat then asked our airport manager Shelly Humble to give her presentation about the happenings at Creswell. Here are the notes she sent about that presentation and the one to the airport commissioners:

  1.   Airport Manager’s Updates
    1. Runway Reconstruction Design Update

Ms. Humble gave the Commissioners a brief update on the Runway Reconstruction Design.  Ms. Humble stated that the City should be receiving an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) AIP (Airport Improvement Program) Grant for 90% and an ODA (Oregon Department of Aviation) COAR (Critical Oregon Airport Relief) grant for 9% of the design.  The Airport will be responsible for 1%.  The design will include runway reconstruction (new base and pavement), new LED runway lights, new PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) for runway 16 and 34, REIL (runway end identifier lights) on each runway ends.  Airport manager stated that she is working with the engineer, and potential new and current users to get FAA approval for the 500-foot runway extension. 

  1. 2020 COAR Grants Update – Generator for EOC

Airport Manager, Shelley Humble, informed the Commissioners that the Airport was successful on receiving the 2020 COAR Grant for Emergency Generators on the airport. A brief discussion regarding the project was held.

2021 COAR Grants Update

Airport Manager Shelley Humble updated the Commissioners as to the status of the 4 COAR 2021 grants that were applied for during this funding cycle.  Ms. Humble stated that the LaneAct ARC (Area Review Committee) has completed their review and the grants will now go before the Oregon Aviation Board for final approval. 

Of the four (4) grants applied for in the 2021 funding cycle, Ms. Humble believes that the City will be awarded the aip Match for the Runway Reconstruction and the Resiliency Grant to purchase a Defender XT with a blade and sweeper attachment, SAT phones, and a Conex Container for storage of EOC materials.

  1. Future Development/Hangar build update

Shelley Humble updated the Commissioners as to the status of the north end development.  Ms. Humble stated that the City has applied for a grant with Business Oregon to design a Wastewater System on the airport to service all tenants. The City is continuing to work with the interested parties regarding the hangar build on the north end.

  1. 2021-2026 SCIP (State Capital Improvement Program) Update

Ms. Humble stated that she is currently working with the Engineer, ODA, and the FAA to update the plan through 2026. 

2021 – Reconstruct Runway 16/34 Phase I – Design & Environmental $150,000

2022 – Reconstruct Runway 16/34 and Runway Lighting – Phase II Construction $2,750,000

2023 – PMP (Pavement Maintenance Program) – $0

2024 – Master Plan and AGIS – $300,000

2025 – Cary Over

2026 – Reconstruct Taxiway Phase I – Design & Environmental $150,000

2027 – Reconstruct Taxiway Phase II – Construction – costs unknown at this time.

Thanks Shelly!!

Secretary Stout noted that he had President Pat turn off 2 of the 3 refrigerators in the clubhouse. He has already noticed a significant drop in electricity costs since this has happened. This is our largest ongoing expense (other than annual national association dues) and costs us between $50-60/ month.

President Pat noted that next month we will have a very interesting presentation from Mark Bailets on working with fiberglass. Mark has extensive experience in this area and will have a lot of valuable info to share. Be sure to join the meeting by Zoom. You will receive the Zoom info from Pat just before the meeting.

Bill Dewey note that he dinged his wing tip and has been looking for a replacement. Texas Aero Plastic has one and he has ordered it now.

Gary Ludeke gave a quick overview of the Zenith CH-750 that he has helped get into the air. It is now back in the air, although the owner, Dale, would like to make wheel and strut fairings. He has put 55 hours on it at this point. The only real issue is getting the proper fuel flow from the wing to the header tank.

Gary then suggested that we come up with a design and then install a new sign for the Memorial Garden. The first order of business is to determine the name of the area, as Memorial Garden was considered by some to be lacking. Various ideas were discussed with more needed before proceeding.

There being no other business, John Kuehl played the (short) Chapter Video from National.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:02PM

Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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