Present: Gene Rohlfs, David Blankenship, Bob Farmer, Dave Hepler,
Chuck Ruben, Scott Schaffenacker Absent: Rick Aylesworth
Guests: Sam Evans, Curt Fox, Dennis Ramlow, Kevin Bateman; Jan
Mr. Rohlfs called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
A motion was made by Mr. Farmer, seconded by Mr. Blankenship, to
approve the minutes from the August 31, 2015 meeting as printed.
Pavement Marking and Maintenance (AAA-4438) – The State
rejected the only bid the County had due to DBE requirements. There
may be a January 2016 bid letting again; the hope is to have more
participation in bidding.
Shrub Trimming/Removal – Done.
2015/2016 Budget Proposal –
Community Support Criteria: Ruben discussed rewording the
Community Support Criteria draft to clarify the deadline; the last
sentence should read: “They must be completed and submitted by
December 1, 2015 for events being held in 2016.” The Committee
agreed on the new wording and to move ahead with submitting the
updated version as a press release to all local media immediately.
Farm Tile Budget Amendment: Mr. Ramlow reported that although
he doesn’t have a paper copy of a bid yet, the Farm needs
approximately $13,500 worth of tile work done in the future. There
is a main line that comes through there that has quite a few breaks
and washouts in it; it spans about a quarter of a mile on the Farm.
It would have about 5-6 tie-ins in the proposal. Mr. Ruben expressed
that the money will need to be appropriated through a budget
amendment to the FY 15-16 Budget. The amendment will reflect an
increase of $15,000 in the Farm Operations Expenditures.
Farm Rent Consideration: Due to incurred losses on the County
Farm and Airport, Mr. Ramlow requested that the rent price on the
Farm lease be rolled back to the initial bid for the final 2 years
of the lease. This would be $385, which removes the 3.5% per year.
Mr. Ruben would be in favor of this action, but would like to ask
the State’s Attorney if it can be done. Rent is due March 15, 2016.
Radio Controlled Aircraft Event – Mr. Ramlow expressed
concern about the June 4-5, 2016 event date; at that date this year,
he did not have his first alfalfa crop clipping yet.
Mr. Rohlfs discussed concerns about a wet spring creating a
compaction problem for parking during the event.
Mr. Bateman explained that this event will not be similar to the
Balloon Fest; this is an aeronautical event, which means that there
should not be much ground used. There will not be a beer tent,
carnival, or things set on the runway.
Mr. Ruben stated that rent might have to be forgiven for alfalfa
affected by the event.
Mr. Rohlfs reported IDOT did not term the event an “aeronautical”
event, the airport cannot close runway 3/21 for the event, and all
the applications/forms must be completed so that IDOT can decide if
the event can or cannot be held. Mr. Rohlfs discussed limiting it to
the grass runway and possibly the taxiway past the maintenance shed
(Runway 14), but Mr. Lessen said that flight pattern will be over
Mayfair, which cannot be done.
Mr. Lessen recommended using the grass runway 32 (across 3/21).
Mr. Rohlfs also discussed using a taxiway by the hangars but Mr.
Holzwarth uses those excessively during the spring season. Mr.
Rohlfs further explained a requirement stating the need to conduct
the event at the airport being justified by citing that an objective
evaluation of comparable venues has been conducted and no other
venues exist within the community to reasonably accommodate the
Mr. Hahn stated that the community has lots of places it could be
held other than the airport.
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Mr. Bateman would like the list of places to which Mr. Hahn
refers. Mr. Bateman explained that Mr. Roger Russell, who is
coordinating the event, is going to provide some documentation
that the airport can be closed, and it has been in the past. The
excitement over hosting the event in Logan County is due to the
central location in the state and the Midwest; the hope is to
grow it to a regional type event due to the centralized
location. The program coordinators are discussing spending money
at hotels, fuel, and food in Lincoln. The company would like to
know the final decision by mid-December 2015 in order to begin
coordinating with circuits in other states.
Mr. Rohlfs discussed the need for a committee to work with the
event coordinators for all the details.
Mr. Bateman stated that he already informed the event
coordinators that the County will not be responsible for safety,
fencing, porta-potties, vendors, cleaning, or any funding.
Mr. Russell understood the terms Mr. Bateman explained to him
and only requires the permitted runways and the grass being
mowed short the weekend of the event.
Mr. Rohlfs inquired about the length of flying times. Mr.
Bateman stated that the planes do not have lights, so he
believed the event could only run from the morning hours to
Mrs. Schumacher explained that the Executive Committee brought
forward this event out of the desire to increase special events
in Logan County and the airport is the draw that would make this
Mr. Rohlfs read the special event application regarding
quantifiable documented financial benefit to the airport.
Mr. Bateman inquired about the financial gain from the Balloon
Fest every year.
Mr. Ruben stated it should be $5,600. Mr. Rohlfs discussed his
desire to promote manned aircrafts that would hangar and buy
fuel at the airport. Mr. Ruben suggested Mr. Bateman contact the
IDOT representative directly to speak about the airport closing
Farm Tile Work – Mr. Ruben stated that the County must
advertise for bid proposals.
Airport Report: The WIFI is fixed and operating. 995
gallons of gas sold.
HIF Report: Annual chili dinner on Sunday, October 18th,
at 4:00pm. The HIF had a really good month with the 172 and the
second airplane finally got its annual inspection. HIF will be
running 2 airplanes again.
Farm Report: The shed still needs some repairs.
Budget Review: Nothing to report.
A motion was made by Mr. Blankenship, seconded by Mr. Ruben, to
approve the bills as presented for payment. Motion passed.
Public Comments: How many hangars are available? Mr.
Rohlfs reported 3 hangars are available. Are the doors upgraded?
Mr. Rohlfs replied 2 have been upgraded and 1 was in good
A motion was made by Mr. Ruben, seconded by Mr. Farmer, to
adjourn. Motion passed. Meeting ended at 7:42 pm.
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