Antrim County Transportation
Transportation Committee Meeting February 4, 2005


Present: Dawson, Howelman, McLeod, White, Rhoads


Meeting called to order by Chairman Dawson at 9:00 a.m.

Review of December 6 meeting minutes.


Letter from Munson Healthcare was presented regarding a reduction in their contribution for medical transport to Munson. Effective January 1, 2005 their contribution will be reduced from $25 to $22 per hour. Also reviewed a response from Rhoads requesting they reconsider their decision. The Committee requested that Rhoads research the possibility of Medicaid and Medicare assistance to help cover the cost. In addition, Rhoads was asked to prepare a cost analysis on transporting these medical patients.


Rhoads met with the County and Regional TEA 21 Committees in December and made the following funding requests as follows:

Replace fuel card reader system - $12,000 (100% State and Federal funding)

Replace overhead garage doors - $5,000 (100% State and Federal funding)

Replace copier for office - $3,500 (100% State and Federal funding)


Letter from Kalkaska Public Transit was presented indicating a refund of $795.50 from the Northwest Managers' Training Account.


Letter to Mr. Cle Leask, Manager at Otsego County Transit was presented. The purpose of this letter was to include Antrim County Transportation requests in a regional request for 5309 Earmarked funding as follows:

Roof repair over main entrance - $15,000 (100% Federal funding)

Concrete block repair - $10,000 (100% Federal funding)


Letter to Mr. Fred Featherly at MDOT was presented. The purpose of this letter was to request a budget adjustment to an existing Authorization to include the following:

Replace fuel card reader system - $12,000 (100% State and Federal funding)

Replace overhead garage doors - $5,000 (100% State and Federal funding)

Repair roof over main entrance - $10,000 (100% State and Federal funding)


Even though this duplicates other requests, Mr. Featherly suggested we pursue them in case the others are not approved.


Financial reports were presented including vouchers for January and February. Motion by McLeod, support by Howelman to approve the reports and vouchers as presented. All voting aye. Motion carried.


Documents were presented to clarify why ACT is required to repay MDOT for an FY99 audit. The repayment schedule is as follows:

       FY 04 — five months @ $2,940 =

       FY 05 — seven months @ $2,940 =






Budget reports and forecasts for FY 04, 05, and 06 were presented. These reports indicate a shortfall for FY 04 of $133,000 and a projected shortfall for FY 05 of $133,000. These shortfalls are the result of reduced revenue, increased operating costs and unbudgeted costs in both fiscal years. The FY 06 budget is projected to have a shortfall of $144,000. These shortfalls are seriously eroding the cash reserve and alternatives are being explored to either reduce costs or increase revenue.


Personnel issues were presented as follows:


Dave Muller terminated on December 7.

Richard Moyer returning from medical leave on February 7.

Bob Daniels returning from medical leave (with restrictions) on February 14.


The January ridership report presented. The report indicates an increase of 565 passengers over the same month last year.


An update was presented regarding Meadowbrook's application to MDOT to purchase a new van. One of the requirements calls for ACT to sign off saying we cannot provide the service. Rhoads has met with Meadowbrook twice and explained to them that we have two vans available to serve them. They expressed that their needs were more personalized and specialized than we could provide. However, they did indicate that two days a week they were stretched "thin" and suggested we help out on those days. Motion by Dawson, support by McLeod that Antrim County Transportation not sign off on Meadowbrook's application. Motion carried.


Transportation Committee meeting schedule for 2005 was presented as follows: February 4, March 4, April 8, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2. All meetings will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the ACT building.


The next meeting is scheduled for March 4, 2005.

Meeting adjourned at 10:05 a.m.







Transportation Committee, Airport


Minutes – February 4, 2005


   Robert McLeod                                   Gene Dawson, Chairman                       David Howelman




Members present:         R. McLeod, D. Howelman, G. Dawson


RSA M. Randolph & J. Strehl explained the process in which mitigation for the airports RSA will be conducted by a land purchase from Grass River Natural Area. The purchase of the land will be paid by a grant from the Michigan Department of Aeronautics. Motion by B. McLeod to request grant, support D. Howelman.





Airport Update:  J. Strehl briefed the committee on:



Deer fence project



Airports Conference



Hangar roof



05 funding



Pilot safety seminar






Financial Reports:



Income for December & January, expense reports for November & December were reviewed.  Motion by B. McLeod to accept sales and expense reports. Support D. Howelman.









Meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m.