Meetings


06-2005


GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MARCH 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, March 25, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., President Middlebrook presiding.

ROLL CALL
 

Directors Present (15): Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Kerns, McGoldrick, Murray, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval, Smith and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Harrison; President Middlebrook

Directors Absent (4): Directors Brown, Hernández, Martini 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; Planning Director Alan R. Zahradnik; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala; Lieutenant John Fenstermaker

Visitors Present: Lewis Lee Lem, Transportation Policy Manager, California State Automobile Association (AAA) and Anthony R. Withington, President, Amalgamated Transit Union

   
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  Director Stanley M. Smith led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
   
PUBLIC COMMENT
 

Lewis Lem, Transportation Policy Manager, Governmental Affairs, AAA, stated that AAA has worked with the Bay Area Toll Authority regarding toll issues on behalf of the toll payers and the four million AAA customers. He further reported that AAA is interested in supporting the improvement of the transportation system and in order to familiarize himself with the issues surrounding transportation at the District, he will be attending future meetings of the Board of Directors.

In response to Mr. Lem’s comments, Director Boro stated that AAA was very helpful in the passing of Measure A, the Marin County Traffic Relief Act Quarter-Cent Sales Tax, and expressed his gratitude on behalf of Marin County.

   
CONSENT CALENDAR
 

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

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

   
1.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of March 11, 2005

Carried

   
2.

Denial of Claims

1. Claim of Taleah Brown

Carried

2. Claim of Lionel Soans

Carried

3. Claim of Tina Cash-Walsh

Carried

   
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
   
3. Announcement
  Ms. Kupersmith stated that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has expressed interest in providing 80% federal funding to perform the environmental studies and preliminary design work related to the development of a physical suicide deterrent system on the Golden Gate Bridge and that the San Francisco Chronicle printed an article on March 24, 2005, regarding this matter. She stated that staff will present a recommendation to ratify the General Manager’s request for MTC funds to the Finance-Auditing Committee at its meeting of April 8, 2005, with the understanding that the recommendation will be presented to the Board of Directors for approval at its meeting of April 8, 2005.
   
4. Presentation of Twenty-Five Year Service Award to Gregory Nordin, Transportation Supervisor, Bus Division
  President Middlebrook presented a Twenty-Five Year Service Award to Gregory Nordin, Transportation Supervisor, Bus Division, for twenty-five years of service, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
   
5. Presentation of Twenty-Five Year Service Award to Mario Territo, Operating Engineer, Bridge Division
  President Middlebrook presented a Twenty-Five Year Service Award to Mario Territo, Operating Engineer, Bridge Division for twenty-five years of service, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
   
6. Presentation of Twenty Year Service Award to Terry Roberson, Pusher Ironworker, Bridge Division
  President Middlebrook presented a Twenty Year Service Award to Terry Roberson, Pusher Ironworker, Bridge Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
   
7. Presentation of Twenty Year Service Award to Rodger Rasmussen, Ironworker, Bridge Division
  President Middlebrook presented a Twenty Year Service Award to Rodger Rasmussen, Ironworker, Bridge Division and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
   
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
   
8. 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 three matters of pending and anticipated litigation, as listed on the Agenda, as follows: 1) Item No. 6.B.1.a., Annual Litigation Audit Report Prepared by Attorney Covering Existing Litigation; 2) Item No. 6.B.1.b., Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) vs. Marsh and McLennan Companies, Inc., et al; and, 3) Item No. 6.B.1.c., George McAnern vs. District.
   
ENGINEER’S REPORT
   
9. 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 MARCH 10, 2005
   
10. All items contained in this report are informational, as the item requiring Board action was acted upon by the Board of Directors at their meeting of March 11, 2005.
   
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MARCH 10, 2005
   
11. All Non-Consent Calendar items contained in this report are informational.
   
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MARCH 24, 2005
   
12. Authorize the Transfer of Funds from the Fiscal Year 2005 District Division Operating Budget to the Fiscal Year 2005 Bus Division Capital Budget Relative to Contract No. 2004-BT-10, Marin County Bus Stop Improvements – Phase II
   
 

Directors STROEH/PAHRE
Resolution No. 2005-021 authorizes the transfer of funds from the Fiscal Year 2005 District Division Operating Budget to the Fiscal Year 2005 Bus Division Capital Budget, relative to Contract No. 2004-BT-10, Marin County Bus Stop Improvements Phase II, in the amount of $5,856.30, for expenses related to staff time, effective March 25, 2005; with the understanding that requisite funds are available for this transfer in the Fiscal Year 2005 District Division Operating Budget.


Adopted

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

   
13. Authorize Filing Grant Applications with the Federal Transit Administration for Fiscal Year 2005 Section 5307 and Section 5309 Capital Assistance
   
 

Directors STROEH/EDDIE
Resolution No. 2005-022 authorizes the General Manager to file Section 5307 and Section 5309 grant applications with the Federal Transit Administration for Fiscal Year 2005 federal grant funds available to support various capital projects.

Adopted

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

   
14. Authorize Filing a Grant Application with the State of California, Department of Transportation for Fiscal Year 2005 Federal Operating Assistance to Support West Marin Bus Service
   
 

Directors STROEH/EDDIE
Resolution No. 2005-023 authorizes the following actions related to $47,000 Federal Non-Urbanized Area Formula grant funds programmed to provide Fiscal Year 2005 operating support for Golden Gate Transit Bus Route 63:

a. Authorize the General Manager or her designated representative to file and execute applications to the State Department of Transportation for West Marin Bus Route 63 operating assistance support;
b. Authorize execution of related annual certifications and assurances, including attachments that the State Department of Transportation may require before awarding a Federal Assistance Grant or Cooperative Agreement, by the General Manager and Attorney for the District;
c. Authorize the General Manager or her designated representative to execute a related grant and cooperative agreement with the State Department of Transportation; and,
d. Authorize the Auditor-Controller or his designee to submit invoices for project funding reimbursement.

Adopted

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

   
15. Approve Renewal of the Boiler and Machinery Policy Relative to the Property Insurance Program
   
 

Directors STROEH/KERNS
Resolution No. 2005-024 approves renewal of the Boiler and Machinery Policy relative to the Property Insurance Program with Hartford Steam Boiler Company, providing coverage for breakdown of equipment, including all boilers, fired storage water heaters, fired coil water heaters, electric steam generators, sandblasting equipment and all metal unfired pressure vessels used as air tanks, which objects require city and state inspection and certification, with a limit of liability of $1 million per accident and a deductible of $1,000 per accident, at a premium of $2,729, for a one-year term, effective April 8, 2005; with the understanding that requisite funds are available in the Fiscal Year 2005 Operating Budgets for the Bridge, Bus, Ferry and District divisions and that requisite funds will be budgeted in the appropriate division operating budgets for Fiscal Year 2006.

Adopted

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

   
16. Authorize the Setting of a Public Hearing Relative to a Proposed July 2005 Bus, Ferry and Paratransit Fare Increase
   
 

Directors STROEH/KERNS
Resolution No. 2005-025 authorizes the setting of a public hearing on Thursday, April 21, 2005, at 9:30 a.m., in the Board Room, Administration Building, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, for the purpose of receiving public comment relative to a proposal to increase bus, ferry and paratransit fares by 5%, in order to meet operating expenses, effective July 1, 2005.

Adopted

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

   
REPORT OF THE RULES, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MARCH 11, 2005
   
17. Approve Reorganization and Staffing Changes to the Table of Organization Relative to the Ferry Division and the Marketing and Communications Department
   
 

Directors HARRISON/KERNS
Resolution No. 2005-026 approves reorganization and staffing changes to the Table of Organization to the Ferry Division and the Marketing and Communications Department, as follows:

a. Restructure and re-title the vacant Ferry Maintenance Superintendent position to a Marine Superintendent position, with a salary range of $77,251 - $93,371, excluding benefits; and,
b. Eliminate the higher classification position of Marketing Supervisor, and add a lower classification position of Marketing Specialist, with a salary range of $49,491 - $59,806, excluding benefits; and,
c. Amend the Table of Organization accordingly;
with the understanding that there would be no fiscal impact in the Fiscal Year 2005 Ferry Division Budget and that the staffing changes in the Marketing and Communications Department would result in an annualized savings of approximately $5,600, plus associated benefits.

Adopted

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

   
18. Approve Reorganization and Staffing Changes to the Table of Organization Relative to Positions Necessary for Implementation and Maintenance of the Financial Management Information System
   
 

Directors HARRISON/KERNS
Resolution No. 2005-027 approves reorganization and staffing changes to the Table of Organization relative to positions necessary for implementation and maintenance of the Financial Management Information System in the Human Resources, Payroll and Information Systems (IS) departments, as follows:

a. Add a new Information Systems Project Manager position, with a salary range of $70,429 to $85,093, excluding benefits, in the IS Department;
b. Restructure and re-title a Senior Programmer Analyst position to a Senior System Support Specialist position, with a salary range of $62,927 to $76,050, excluding benefits, in the IS Department;
c. Add two Human Resources IS/Payroll Analyst positions, with a salary range of $53,021 to $64,077,excluding benefits; and,
d. Amend the Table of Organization accordingly;
with the understanding that that the cost of the additional positions authorized as part of this item will be absorbed by the respective departments in the Fiscal Year 2005 Administration and Development Division Budget, and will be permanently offset through the Fiscal Year 2006 and Fiscal Year 2007 budget processes.

Adopted

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

   
REPORT OF THE GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC INFORMATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MARCH 25, 2005
   
19. Approve Position of Opposition to Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 and Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1X Relative to Public Employee Pension Plans
   
 

Directors BORO/SMITH
Resolution No. 2005-028 although not opposed to the concept of public pension reform, approves position of opposition to Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 and Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1X, relative to Public Employee Pension Plan.

Adopted

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

   
CLOSED SESSION
   
20. 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 matters of pending and anticipated 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, to discuss matters of pending and anticipated litigation with counsel. No action was taken.

   
ADJOURNMENT
   
21. All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 11:25 a.m., in the memory of Esa Rasi.

Respectfully submitted,

 

/s/Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District
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