On February 18, 2014, (M&C G-18127) the City Council authorized Meacham International Airport (Meacham) to secure designation as a Customs User Fee Airport (CUFA) through the United States Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security (CBP). This designation also made provisions for a staffed position for clearing of international private air traffic. Through the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement with CBP, a staff person will be available Monday through Friday (excluding Federal Public Holidays), during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The CUFA will eliminate wait time for CBP response and will enhance Meacham's current operations, allowing the airport and businesses at the airport to better serve customers and bring new business to Meacham.
On August 29, 2017, (M&C C-28349) the City Council authorized the annual payment to CBP for the operation of a CUFA Facility at Meacham. The annual base fee covers salary and expenses of individuals employed by CBP and all administrative overhead. The annual fee of $123,438.00 will be billed in quarterly installments. The City will have the right to terminate the Memorandum of Agreement upon 120 days written notice.
With approval by Mayor and Council, CBP will be reimbursed for the initial purchase and installation of Information Technology (IT) Equipment, which includes data and cabling components; and LAN, data and IT equipment and connectivity costs. The City will be invoiced for the one-time cost of purchase and installation of this equipment and network and will be required to replace equipment as needed. The initial cost is an amount not to exceed $105,180.00. There is also an annual recurring network and connectivity charge of $14,400.00. Payment for the actual cost of IT equipment and the recurring out-year network cost will be billed to the City after installation of all IT equipment under this Agreement. The City will retain ownership of all equipment and CBP will transfer possession of all equipment when CBP vacates the premises. The City will be responsible for maintenance and replacement of the equipment and upgrades to the LAN, Data and IT equipment as determined by CBP (approximately every 3-5 years).
Fort Worth Meacham International Airport is located in COUNCIL DISTRICT 2.
This contract will be with a governmental entity, state agency or public institution of higher education: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.