Meetings

04-2005

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

FEBRUARY 25, 2005


The Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) met in regular session in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Friday, February 25, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., President Middlebrook presiding.

ROLL CALL
 

Directors Present (16): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook

Directors Absent (3): Directors Ammiano, Hernández and Shahum

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; District Secretary Janet S. Tarantino; Attorney David J. Miller; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary H. Witt; Deputy General Manager/Bus Division Susan C. Chiaroni; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Division James P. Swindler; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Teri W. Mantony; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Trainee Patsy Whala; Lieutenant Daniel Gomez

Visitors Present: None

   
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  Director Bevan Dufty led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
   
PUBLIC COMMENT
  There was no public comment.
   
CONSENT CALENDAR
 

Directors STROEH/EDDIE moved approval of the Consent Calendar. All items were approved by the following vote of the Board of Directors:

AYES (14): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Ammiano, Hernández, McGoldrick, Sandoval and Shahum

1. Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of February 11, 2005

Carried


2. Denial of Claims

a. Claim of Kinsey Carpenter

Carried

b. Application for Leave to Present Late Subrogation Claim and
Subrogation Claim of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
(Insured: Joyce Konigsberg)

Carried

c. Claim of Brandon Connaughton

Carried

d. Claim of Anthony Azevedo

Carried

   
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
3.

Presentation of Retirement Gift to Yvonne Pierce, Senior Buyer, Bus Division

President Middlebrook presented a retirement gift to Yvonne Pierce, Senior Buyer, Bus Division, for twenty-seven years of service, and expressed her best wishes for a long and happy retirement on behalf of the Board of Directors.

   
4.

Presentation of Retirement Gift to Linda Mitchell, Marketing and Communications Director, District Division

President Middlebrook presented a retirement gift to Linda Mitchell, Marketing and Communications Director, District Division, for twenty-two years of service, and expressed her best wishes for a long and happy retirement on behalf of the Board of Directors.

   
5.

Presentation of Twenty-Five Year Service Award to Susan Thomson, Ticket Agent, Ferry Division

President Middlebrook presented a Twenty-Five Year Service Award to Susan Thomson, Ticket Agent, Ferry Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

   
6.

Presentation of Twenty Year Service Award to Patricia Noel, Operations Supervisor, Ferry Division

President Middlebrook presented a Twenty Year Service Award to Patricia Noel, Operations Supervisor, Ferry Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

   
7.

Announcement

Ms. Kupersmith informed the Board that the super post-Panamax cranes, which will be able to accommodate the newer wider container ships used in the maritime industry, are scheduled to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, March 5, 2005, between 11:30 a.m. and noon. The giant container cranes will be able to sail under both the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge safely with sufficient clearance.

   
8.

Approve Recognition of a New Employee Unit Comprised of Bridge Patrol Officers to be Represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 3

In a memorandum to the Board of Directors, Ms. Kupersmith provided a recommendation regarding recognition of a new employee unit comprised of Bridge Patrol Officers to be represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 3 (Local 3). The report stated that on February 4, 2005, the State Conciliation and Mediation Service conducted a secret ballot election to determine whether Bridge Patrol Officers desired to be represented by Local 3 for the purposes of collective bargaining. During the secret ballot election, 9 employees voted for representation by Local 3, and 0 employees voted against. There were 12 eligible voters.

Directors SMITH/COCHRAN
Resolution No. 2005-010 approves the recognition of a Bridge Patrol Officer bargaining unit to be represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 3.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Ammiano, Hernández, McGoldrick and Shahum

   
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
9. Attorney David Miller reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report were informational. Mr. Miller also reported that a closed session would be held just prior to the conclusion of the meeting to discuss the possible initiation of litigation for one potential case.
   
ENGINEER’S REPORT
10. District Engineer Denis Mulligan reported that all items contained in the Engineer’s Report were informational.
   
REPORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF FEBRUARY 10, 2005
11. All items contained in this report are informational.
   
REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF FEBRUARY 24, 2005
12.

Authorize Execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Elliott Bay Design Group Relative to RFP No. 2005-FT-6, Consultant to Provide Technical Specifications, Drawings and Contract Support for Spaulding Vessel Refurbishment

Directors EDDIE/STROEH
Resolution No. 2005-011 authorizes execution of a professional services agreement with Elliott Bay Design Group, Seattle, Washington, relative to RFP No. 2005-FT-6, Consultant to Provide Technical Specifications, Drawings and Contract Support for Spaulding Vessel Refurbishment, to provide drawings and technical specifications to upgrade and refurbish the Spaulding class vessels, in the amount of $425,000; and, establishes a contingency budget of $50,000 for this project; with the understanding that requisite funds are available in the Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Ferry Division Capital Budget, to be funded with 80% federal and 20% District funds.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Ammiano, Hernández, McGoldrick and Shahum

   
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF FEBRUARY 10, 2005
13. All items contained in this report are informational.
   
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF FEBRUARY 24, 2005
14.

Approve Renewal of the Marine Insurance Program

Directors PAHRE/KERNS
Resolution No. 2005-012 approves actions relative to the renewal of the District’s Marine Insurance Program:

a. Approve the Hull & Machinery/Protection & Indemnity Insurance with St. Paul Travelers, at a premium of $335,750;
b. Approve the Excess Marine Liability Program with AIG and various underwriters, at a premium of $107,466;
c. Approve the Vessel Pollution Liability Policy with Water Quality Insurance Syndicate, at a premium of $4,853;
d. Approve the terrorism coverage (TRIA) for the Hull & Machinery/Protection & Indemnity Insurance Program with St. Paul Travelers, at a premium of $9,469; and,
e. Approve the terrorism coverage (TRIA) for the Excess Marine Liability Program with AIG and various underwriters, at a premium of $5,373;
with the understanding that requisite funds are available in the Fiscal Year 2005 Ferry Division Budget and funds for Fiscal Year 2006 will be included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Budget.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Ammiano, Hernández, McGoldrick and Shahum

   
15.

Approve Revised Approach to Charging for Local Bus Transit Services to Schools Within the Ross Valley and Larkspur School Districts for the 2004/2005 School Year

Directors PAHRE/COCHRAN
Resolution No. 2005-013 approves charging the Ross Valley and Larkspur School Districts the current cost rate of $1.78 per mile for Golden Gate Transit Routes 117, 123 and 127 bus services through the end of the current school year in June 2005.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Ammiano, Hernández, McGoldrick and Shahum

   
16.

Approve an Increase in the Special Event Ferry Fares to SBC Park for 2005

Directors PAHRE/EDDIE
Ordinance No. 2005-01 approves implementation of an increase in the fare for special event Golden Gate Transit Larkspur Ferry service to SBC Park from $6.50 to $7.00, effective March 1, 2005.

Adopted

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (4): Directors Ammiano, Hernández, McGoldrick and Shahum

   
CLOSED SESSION
17.

Attorney’s Report

Attorney David Miller, at the request of President Middlebrook, stated that the Board of Directors would convene in closed session to discuss one matter of potential litigation.

After closed session, President Middlebrook called the meeting to order in open session with a quorum present. Attorney Miller reported that the Board of Directors met in closed session, as permitted by the Brown Act, and received a report from the District on one matter of potential litigation. Mr. Miller stated that the District has initiated a class action lawsuit against Marsh & McLennan Companies, Marsh, Inc., et al, which has been lodged in the Federal District Court in New Jersey. This complaint alleges violations of the Sherman Trust Act, unfair competition laws, breaches of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.

   
CONSENT CALENDAR
18.

Rescind Vote Under the Consent Calendar for Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of February 11, 2005

a. Director McGoldrick requested that the Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of February 11, 2005, be amended to more accurately characterize his comments relative to the use of Toll Plaza facilities for restaurant, banquet facility, social venue and/or museum as a revenue generation opportunity, taking advantage of the unique location at the Golden Gate Bridge.

b. Subsequently, Directors MCGOLDRICK/BORO moved and seconded to rescind the vote taken under the Consent Calendar for approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of February 11, 2005.

Carried

AYES (16): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors Ammiano, Hernández and Shahum

c. Directors KERNS/BORO moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of February 11, 2005, as amended on Page 10, under Director McGoldrick ’s comments, as outlined below:

“He suggested that consideration be given to constructing a new building at the Toll Plaza for use as a restaurant, banquet facility, social venue and/or museum as a revenue generation opportunity, taking advantage of the unique location at the Golden Gate Bridge. ”

Carried


AYES (16): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors Ammiano, Hernández and Shahum

   
ADJOURNMENT
19. All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m., in the memory of Stella Tarantino.

Respectfully submitted,

 

/s/Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District
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