Category: Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2016 – 3:00 PM

January 12, 2016 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Churchill said the rotating beam obstruction removal job has been completed. The land acquisition project on runway 23 has been completed. He said the six to eight unit T-hangers have conceptual plans that were created. Meetings have taken place with the Department of Public Works with regard to options and costs, and they are currently waiting for a response back from North American to get their input. He said the plan is to finish the design during the winter months, with construction beginning summertime early fall time frame.

…Mr. Churchill said the Environmental Assessment for the five year program is currently being worked on..

November 12, 2015 – 3:30 PM

November 12, 2015 – 3:30 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Speziale said according to FAA standards the county is required to submit an RFQ for consultants every five years. He said an RFQ was sent out to five consultants with two respondents.

…Mr. Special requested committee approval to continue to use the professional services of McFarland Johnson as the Saratoga Airport Consultant for the next five years….

January 14, 2015 – 3:00 PM

January 14, 2015 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Churchill said all the data has been done with regard to the Wildlife Hazard Assessment Study, and the monthly inspections were completed in November. The Draft Final Report is currently being worked on and it is estimated that it will be complete by early February. When completed, the final report will be submitted to the County for review.

…Mr. Churchill said he has approval to approach landowners off runway 23 whose trees were identified as FAA obstructions, causing lost night time approaches…

September 8, 2014 – 3:00 PM

September 8, 2014 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Churchill said an analysis has been done with regard to the Avigation Easements, looking at the absolute minimum Avigation Easements to meet the FAA requirements in terms of land use, and runway protection zones. He said they are limiting easements to only existing runway configurations. In conclusion, the county will negotiate only with willing sellers. The intent is that there will be no eminent domain.

Ms. Raymond clarified that each willing owner is free to negotiate whatever they wish to include in the easement. Mr. Churchill agreed…

June 9, 2014 – 3:00 PM

June 9, 2014 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Councilman Frank S. Blaisdell from the town of Milton read Resolution No. 28-2014 opposing each of three(3) expansion proposals presented by the engineering firm McFarland-Johnson, Inc., for the County Airport Master Plan update and against the expansion of any runways at the County Airport. This resolution was passed by the Milton Town Board.

Mr. Manz said the goal of today’s meeting is to review the alternatives which are required by the FAA…

April 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM

April 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Manz said there is a consultant agreement with McFarland Johnson where there are some penetrations off of runway 23 that are current violations and need to be taken care. A request is being made to authorize McFarland Johnson to proceed with the engineering and appraisal services for the acquisition of land and/or avigation easements for the clearing of the property.

A motion was made by Mr. Collyer, seconded by Mr. Veitch to approve a resolution authorizing an agreement with McFarland Johnson in an amount…

January 13, 2014 – 3:00 PM

January 13, 2014 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Ms. Raymond made a request that a monthly report be given to the Buildings and Grounds Committee members with regard to the County Airport.

Mr. Lewza said a committee was formed to review the airport master plan. He said a report will be given every month when the agenda is distributed to the committee members…

September 9, 2013 – 3:00 PM

September 9, 2013 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: A motion was made by Mr. Lewza, seconded by Mr. Barrett to approve a resolution to accept a FAA Grant in the amount of $91,971, and to enter into an agreement with McFarland Johnson for an Environmental Study at the County Airport. Unanimous.

Mr. Lewza asked what the grant was for. Mr. Manz said it is for an environmental study to look for wildlife around the airport, such as the Karner Blue Butterfly…

January 7, 2013 – 3:30 PM

January 7, 2013 – 3:30 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Lewza asked if there were any outside entities that were helping to work on the Master Plan for the Airport. He asked if the Glider Clubs were going to have any input. Mr. Churchhill said the process will begin this month, establishing a Technical Advisory Committee to help guide the study, and the gliders will have a voice…

May 1, 2012 – 3:00 PM

May 1, 2012 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Churchill said he has had numerous conversations with DEC about the original staging areas and they have steadfastly refused to allow a swapping of land until there is a comprehensive master plan, which will begin later this year. This is one of the reasons why it was recommended to the county to have interim rules, so there is something in place for the short term, so the longer term issues could be resolved…

January 9, 2012 – 3:00 PM

January 9, 2012 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Lewza said the Town of Milton has land that is within the airport boundaries. He said he would like to set up a meeting with DEC to discuss the Karner Blue Butterfly and moving them to a new location. Mr. Lewa inquired as to whether the committee would like to join him in a meeting with the DEC to address the issue.

Mrs. Southworth suggested that discussions should first take place with the Long Range Capital Planning consultants at the airport…

December 12, 2011 – 3:00 PM

December 12, 2011 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Adirondack Soaring requested a renewal period as they are looking to obtain money to construct their building and they really need a lease term of 20 years in order to obtain the funding. Mr. Dorsey said a provision has been added that it would be subject to renewal of an additional five-year period upon mutual agreement of the parties.

Mr. Dorsey requested approval of a Public Hearing date of January 11, 2012 at 4:50p.m…

December 13, 2010 – 3:00 PM

December 13, 2010 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Zilka said there are some wildlife issues and he would like to propose that sometime in the future a meeting take place with Mr. Ritchey to figure out how to get permission to cut at least 100 ft. on each side of the runways. There is a large turkey population as well as deer in the area…

Mr. Zilka said a transient pilot brings approximately $2,500 in sales to the community every time they come to the county, and out of that is approximately $175 in sales tax revenue to the county…

September 13, 2010 – 3:00 PM

September 13, 2010 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Trees taken down were a buffer between the houses and the roads. Why wasn’t more money put aside for a buffer? They said replacement trees would be 8’ to 10’, and they are getting 4’ to 6’ trees. Mr. Berardo said the F.A.A. requires an appraisal process. One issue we addressed was the land use plan portion of the study. We had a number of meetings. One recommendation was there be a notification process of properties around the airport…

January 11, 2010 – 3:00 PM

January 11, 2010 – 3:00 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: There is a continuing contract with North American Flight services to remove sixteen trees, and funding available for the certification that the work was done…

November 9, 2009 – 3:30 PM

November 9, 2009 – 3:30 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Zilka said they are occasionally getting jets from Switzerland. He said he is proposing bringing this Committee information on what the cost would be to put another 500 ft. of runway and what the County would capture. He mentioned with the addition of 500 ft., they would sell another 2,000 gallons of fuel. We should work collectively as an operator and County and look for other opportunities for funding to turn this into a profit center rather than a liability, he said. We are a functioning, operating entity, and it wouldn’t take a lot to make this a pretty good profit center for the County, he said. He stated they are looking forward to the tree removal issue. We are still fighting with the person with the tree on Runway 5, he added.

February 2, 2009 – 3:30 PM

February 2, 2009 – 3:30 PM:
Buildings and Grounds Committee Minutes

Meeting Snippet: Mr. Ritchey requested a resolution authorizing taking all steps necessary to obtain  avigation easement from property parcel #189.12-1-54 in the Town of Milton for Airport obstruction removal purpose. Mr. Rider said at last month’s meeting, we discussed this with North American. They had 16 trees cut down that were obstructions. The existence of one particular tree is the last tree needed to be cut down to allow instrument and nighttime landings…

… I told him the next step for us would be to condemn it under the eminent domain law, he stated.