Annual Meeting -- Agenda

The Board of Directors authorized a VIRTUAL meeting which will be conducted in parts online at www.smaacmn.org.

Item                                          Description                                                        Date     

 

CONVENE                           The Agenda is posted at the website                        27 Nov 20                    

President’s Report             This Report is posted at the website                        27 Nov 20

      Interests Survey             Member's Responses guide 2021 activities               11 Dec 20

Board Nominations                                                                                       28 Nov 20

      a. A form is posted for Registered users and can be requested by email.

      b. Nominees must be Members or join SMAAC before the ballot is prepared.

      To be elected: Seat 3, to 30 Nov 2023; Seats 5 and 8 to 30 Non 2022; 

                           Seats 4 and 7 to 30 Nov 2021.             

Board Elections                   Online balloting by 2021 SMAAC Members Only           TBD

Adjourn              No other business is planned. The new Board of Directors

                           will convene to elect Officers and resume operations.                  TBD 

                                                                                                  


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  • Smaac Forum Panel
    commented 2020-12-13 15:26:15 -0600
    ADDED AGENDA ITEM: Survey Members’ Interests.
    The readers of the News Blog and other posts often have interests other than "airport noise. " In fact, the term was coined by the aviation industry lobby at the onset of jet airliners to very successfully dump all matter of overflight complaints into the lap of Airport Sponsors.
    SMAAC Members have spent years grappling with airlines, developers, and local and State government over the MAC’s denial of responsibility for air and water pollution, public health and safety, and local air service,
    Please help by volunteering to work on the survey as 202 Members.
    • AIR POLLUTIONGLOBAL WARMING, BUSINESS AIR TRAVEL, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, FAMILY AIR TRAVEL, METRO AIRPORTS GOVERANCE, PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY, SO,UND INSULATION.
  • Jim Spensley
    commented 2020-12-01 12:35:23 -0600
    2020 President’s Report
    The mismanaged pandemic, the divisive election, and peaceful protests interrupted by fearful violence after George Floyd’s death overshadowed most every SMAAC effort last year. There were fewer visits to our website; traditional Forums and Fund-raisers were postponed or canceled, and our plans to unite with climate-change activists in caucuses and campaigns were minimized.
    In 2019, SMAAC joined cities and groups around major hub airports working with the new House Transportation Committee Democratic majority to revive the 2015 official EPA/FAA Finding that commercial aviation endangered public health and welfare by releasing GHG; more (CO2 equivalent) each year 2006 to 2014. Some studies to update the health risks near busy airports like MSP were funded in the 2019-2020 FAA reauthorization. The studies would quantify public health risks near airports before the pandemic and illuminate provisions being debated in health services and slowing climate-change policy bills.
    There is a need, the current Board believes, for more Directors, Members, Volunteers, and Donors in 2021, because of significant changes in commercial aviation in the Twin City Metro, Minnesota, all over the nation and around the world. COVID-19 dropped MSP air travel more than after 9/11 (2001) and the recession (2008-09).
    Governor Walz issued an Executive Order in 2019 directing all State Departments and Agencies to limit GHG releases. In January, SMAAC Board Members and State Legislators asked the Governor to meet with us to discuss the Executive Order and his MAC appointments in a SMAAC Forum. The meeting is still pending: Governor Walz is, reasonably, dealing with the pandemic. The Metropolitan Airports Commission has made sustainable energy changes on-site at MSP, which we support, but denies responsibility for airline operations that increase fuel consumption and GHG emissions.
    Despite peak-hour air traffic uncertainties, unknown corona-virus vaccination schedules and foot-dragging over more government financial relief —factors hard to locate in MAC planning —airlines using MSP in 2019 are being offered fee reductions to restore service. That likely would mean PBN routes and higher runway rates leading to more GHG and noise per flight. –and in turn more unacknowledged public health and safety risks, just as in 2004 (after 9/11) and the recession (2008).
    MAC Chair Rick King correctly argues that whether air travel recovers and grows slowly or rapidly, MSP Airport competes with other airports for scheduled flights. The airfield, terminal, parking and other facilities and buildings represent a public investment, and the enterprise must plan for balanced budgets. We question how much expanding services for connecting passengers has benefitted the Twin Cities’ and Minnesota economic growth compared to the facilities planned in 1998 and completed in 2003 when Runway 17-35 was certified and 160 operations per hour in NW flow was assumed safe – and air pollution was not yet considered a public health or global warming risk.

    James. R. Spensley, President
  • Smaac Forum Panel
    published this page 2020-11-27 12:58:46 -0600