City Airport Commission cleared for takeoff

Chairman selected, procedures and ‘benchmark’ documents discussed and reviewed

Cottonwood's recently established Airport Commission met for the first time Monday night in the City Council Chambers.

After the city attorney gave a brief overview of open meeting law and meeting procedures, a chairman was appointed.

The commission went on discuss the development of an operations and procedures manual for the Cottonwood Municipal Airport, review the Airport Master Plan and listen to an airport pavement management report.

Aleck Gradijan, Jr. was appointed chairman by a vote of 5-1. Larry Minch was appointed vice chair.

The commission will meet the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

Agendas for these meetings will be posted at City Hall, on the window of the City Council Chambers, at the Cottonwood Library, at the airport and on the City of Cottonwood Web site - www.ci.cottonwood.az.us.

The commission suggested items that they want seen on future agendas. Some of those include fueling at the airport, how to "co-exist" with the hang gliding community and being more accommodating and welcoming of visitors flying into the airport.

On the issue of developing an operations and procedures manual for the airport, Gradijan said, "This is not going to be a quick fix. I am an adamant believer in plagiarism"

He suggested commissioners collect and review manuals from other communities, highlight the main features as they relate to the local airport and establish a Cottonwood manual based on language and information obtained.

In regard to the Airport Master Plan, Public Works Director and Airport Manager Tim Costello said the intent Monday night was to merely give an overview of the document and introduce it to those less familiar with the 20-year plan.

Costello identified the purpose and scope of the Federal Aviation Administration-approved master plan and airport alternatives identified in it.

Gradijan said the plan is the "benchmark" for the next 20 years and needs to be reviewed by commissioners at their leisure so further, educated input can be offered.

Following the discussion on the master plan, Costello gave a report that focused on the pavement infrastructure at the airport.

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