OSCODA – The Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport Authority (OWAA) met via Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 12 and approved a lead agency agreement with Oscoda Township (OT) in regard to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Site Readiness Improvement program grant – which was first introduced to the board last year. 

As previously reported, the program accepts applications from local and regional economic development or community partners that demonstrate a path to a “build ready” site. According to MEDC, build ready sites are defined as a site that has appropriate planning, zoning, surveys, title work, environmental conditions, soil conditions, infrastructure in place or preliminary engineering is completed. 

Additionally, build ready means the property is available for sale and development and site information is ready and up-to-date. Due to portions of the OWA being operated by OT, the two boards decided to work together through the site readiness program. 

In September, as previously reported, members of the OT Board of Trustees agreed to advertise a request for qualifications (RFQ) for professional civil engineering services. As reported during the October meeting, five RFQs were received  and reviewed by Kellan and others. These five were trimmed down to three for one to be chosen. During this month’s meeting, Kellan presented the authority with a lead agency agreement to be approved between OT and the OWAA. 

“As previously reported, the airport authority secured a site readiness grant in the amount of $100,000 from Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The grant includes a line item of $70,000 for evaluating existing infrastructure utility systems in particular,” said Kellan. “A primary consideration will be the municipal water supply and sanitary collection systems which are owned by Charter Township of Oscoda.” 

Kellan said the authority contacted representatives at the township to ask permission to study the utilities, collaborate with them on the project and discuss expanding those utilities in the future. The OT Board of Trustees voted to authorize the signing and execution of the proposed lead agency agreement on Nov. 9, during its bimonthly meeting. 

With some discussion, members of the OWAA agreed to authorize Chairman Kevin Boyat and Kellan to sign and execute the proposed lead agency agreement. A motion to authorize the signing and execution of the agreement was made by Mike Munson and was seconded by John Swise receiving a 6-0 vote. Dave Dailey was absent from the Thursday meeting. 

Other business included: 

• Approval of the October 2020 financial report of payment transactions totaling $162,995.67. According to Kellan, these transactions include a $69,227.50 progress payment to Dore & Associates Construction for the demolition of building 5006. Otherwise general operating expenses were approximately $93,768.17. A motion to approve the financial report was made by Munson and was seconded by Aaron Weed receiving a 6-0 vote. Dailey was absent from the Thursday meeting. 

• Approval of the Fiscal Year 2020 4th Quarter budget report. A motion to approve the budget report was made by Swise and was seconded by Kevin Beliveau. 

• Approval of the Airport Capital Improvement Plan for 2021-26 update. According to Kellan, in order to remain eligible for grant funding through the Federal Aviation Administration and the Michigan Department of Transportation – Aeronautics, Michigan airports are required to maintain a minimum of a five-year projected Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP is prepared annually with assistance from Mead and Hunt. It was updated and provided to board members. It includes a list of projects and the implementation costs. Kellan said that for the most part the projects are the same as the ones approved in previous years.  

• Discussion of fixed-base operator (FBO) Hangar Door modifications. As previously reported FBO hangar doors were given cost estimates and the result was a cost of more than $258,000 for one door. With this in mind, the board opted not to replace the doors with new ones at this time. Only discussion took place about other options. 

OWA manager comments/project updates: 

• Iosco Apron Resurfacing – The project was completed by Ajax Paving Industries and PK Painting on Nov. 3. According to Kellan, all that remains is financial auditing, final payments and administering the project close out. 

  Taxiway ‘E’ Resurfacing – Pyramid Paving Inc., completed repaving and application of partial rate paint markings on the taxiway. The project also includes pavement crack sealing and application of full-rate paint marking on taxiways A through E. According to Kellan, the project may be deferred until next Spring depending on weather conditions. 

• Miscellaneous asphalt blowout project – Pyramid Paving is set to repair two additional pavement deficiencies on Taxiway ‘E’. According to Kellan, Pyramid Paving originally quoted a price of $31,590, but after completed the repairs the price was reduced to $8,487.40.

• Hangar 10 development and line maintenance support facilities – Kellan said staff is in discussion with Kalitta Air regarding another hangar and support facilities for line maintenance options. The lease agreement has been prepared by the airport’s attorney and grant discussion with legal are taking place. He said he may have a lease agreement to present to the authority next month. 

• Building 5006 demolition – Kellan estimates the project is 90 percent complete.

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