08-2005


                                                                                                                                                    
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

APRIL 22, 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, April 22, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., President Middlebrook presiding.

ROLL CALL

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

Directors Absent (4):  Directors Ammiano, Dufty, Martini and Pahre

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/Administration and Development Teri W. Mantony; Deputy Engineer Ewa Z. Bauer; Planning Director Alan R. Zahradnik; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala; Captain Locati

Visitors Present: Roger Grimes, San Francisco resident

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

First Vice President Maryanne P. Harrison led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Roger Grimes expressed his support of the construction of a suicide deterrent on the Golden Gate Bridge with regard to the families and friends of suicide victims that are mourning the loss of their loved ones. 

 

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

1. Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of April 8, 2005

                                                                                                                                              Carried     

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

2.         Announcement

President Middlebrook announced that District’s Attorneys, Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy, LLP (Hanson Bridgett), was recognized for the second year as one of the 50 Best Places to Work in the Greater Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times, East Bay Business Times and San Jose Business Journal.  She stated that the survey of the businesses was based on responses, from both management and employees, to questions related to internal communication, work environment, compensation, benefits, promotions and recognition.  President Middlebrook, on behalf of the Board of Directors, management staff and employees, congratulated Hanson Bridgett for this acknowledgement by the business community, and further stated that the firm complements the District as its outside counsel.

In addition, Director Murray stated that Attorney David Miller enjoys the best of both worlds; not only does he work for one of the 50 best companies in the Bay Area, but he also works at one of the best public agencies in the world.

3.         Employee of the Month Award for April 2005 to Pete Guthlein, Administrative Assistant, Planning Department, District Division

            President Middlebrook presented the Employee of the Month Award for April 2005 to Pete Guthlein, Administrative Assistant, Planning Department, District Division, in absentia, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

4.         Presentation of Retirement Gift to Diane Newman, Safety and Training Coordinator, Bus Division

President Middlebrook presented a retirement gift to Diane Newman, Safety and Training Coordinator, Bus Division, for twenty-five years of service, and expressed her best wishes for a long and happy retirement on behalf of the Board of Directors.

ATTORNEY’S REPORT

5.         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 anticipated litigation for one or more potential cases, as listed on the Agenda as Item 6.B.1. 

ENGINEER’S REPORT

6.         District Engineer Denis Mulligan reported that all items contained in the Engineer’s Report were informational.

REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF APRIL 8, 2005

7.         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 April 8, 2005.

REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF APRIL 21, 2005
 
8.         Authorize Filing Grant Applications with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for Fiscal Years 2006, 2007 and 2008 Federal Transit Administration Section 5307 and 5309 Program, and Surface Transportation Program Funding for Capital and Operating Assistance

Directors STROEH/SHAHUM
Resolution No. 2005-032 authorizes the General Manager to submit applications to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for Fiscal Years 2006, 2007 and 2008 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Federal Urbanized Area Formula Program (Section 5307), Section 5309 Federal Capital Program (Section 5309) and Surface Transportation Program (STP) capital and operating assistance funding; with the understanding that the District commits to MTC’s Transit Capital Priorities Process and Criteria, as outlined below:
a.         The District will commit the necessary local matching funds of at least 20% for FTA Section 5307 and 5309 funds, and 11.47% for STP funds;
b.         The District understands that funding for FTA Section 5307 and 5309 and STP programs is fixed at the programmed amount and that any cost increase cannot be expected to be funded from these programs;
c.         If the application is approved, the District will provide assurance to complete the projects, as described in the application, and as programmed in the Transportation Improvement Plan; and,
d.         The District understands that FTA funds must be obligated within three years of programming and that the STP funds must be obligated by September 30 of the year for which the project is programmed in the Transportation Improvement Plan, or the project may be removed from the program.

Adopted

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

REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF APRIL 21, 2005

9.         Approve Adoption of New Policy-Level Criteria for Use in Evaluating Potential Suicide Deterrent Systems

            a.         Recommendation from the Building and Operating Committee at its meeting of April 21, 2005

The Building and Operating Committee recommends that the Board of Directors approve adoption of new policy-level criteria for use in evaluating potential physical suicide deterrent systems.

b.         Discussion by the Board of Directors

●          Director Shahum inquired as to whether the policy-level criteria for the potential suicide deterrent systems should include verbiage stating that funding for the project must not divert resources from the District that are intended for core transportation projects.

●          Director Stroeh stated that he believes that issue is included in the criteria:  “Must be cost effective to construct and maintain.”

●          Director McGoldrick made the following comments and inquiries:

    • He inquired as to whether the Board of Directors has discussed how the suicide deterrent project would be funded.  In response, President Middlebrook stated that Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has obligated funding for the environmental studies and preliminary design work (studies); however, the cost of the construction project is unknown and has not been discussed by the Board, pending the outcome of the studies.  In addition, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the Board has stipulated that the studies must be 100% funded by outside sources. 
    • He inquired as to whether or not there is a timeframe associated with the expenditure of the $1.6 million (80%) funding from MTC, and also inquired about the status of the $400,000 (20%) matching funds.  In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that there is not an immediate expiration date on the MTC funds, and that the District has not yet received the matching funds from outside sources.

 
●          Director Murray stated that she believes it is too premature to discuss the funding for the construction of any potential suicide deterrent system, until such time as the studies have been completed. She concluded by stating that each future transportation project must be discussed on its own merits and approved for funding at the appropriate time.  

●          Director Smith concurred with Director Shahum that funding for the potential suicide deterrent systems should not divert funding from vital transportation projects or Golden Gate Bridge maintenance projects.  In addition, Director Smith emphasized that there should be active efforts by outside interests to obtain the matching funds for the studies.

●          Director Sandoval inquired as to whether the District would be selecting the consultant for the studies through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process.  In response, Denis Mulligan stated that once funding has been secured, the District will issue an RFP for environmental studies and preliminary design work for a physical suicide deterrent system.

●          Director Boro reminded the Directors that the item before the Board today is to approve adoption of the new policy-level criteria for use in evaluating potential suicide deterrent systems.  He further stated that once the studies are completed, the Board will be in a position to discuss the impact the suicide deterrent will have on the Bridge, the manner in which to allocate funding and have the opportunity to determine priorities in light of other projects. 

c.         Approve Adoption of New Policy-Level Criteria for use in Evaluating Potential Suicide Deterrent Systems

Directors EDDIE/STROEH
Resolution No. 2005-033 approves adoption of new policy-level criteria for use in evaluating potential physical suicide deterrent systems, as outlined below:

  • Must impede the ability of an individual to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Must not cause safety or nuisance hazards to sidewalk users including pedestrians, bicyclists, District staff, and District contractors/security partners.
  • Must be able to be maintained as a routine part of the District’s on-going Bridge maintenance program and without undue risk of injury to District employees.
  • Must not diminish ability to provide adequate security of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Must continue to allow access to the underside of the Bridge for emergency response and maintenance activities.
  • Must not have a negative impact on the wind stability of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Must satisfy requirements of state and federal historic preservation laws.
  • Must have minimal visual and aesthetic impacts on the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Must be cost effective to construct and maintain.
  • Must not in and of itself create undue risk of injury to anyone who comes in contact with the suicide deterrent system.
  • Must not prevent construction of a moveable median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Adopted

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

REPORT OF THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF APRIL 22, 2005

10. Authorize Execution of an Agreement with the County of Marin to Undertake a Muir Woods Shuttle Service Planning Demonstration Project

Directors STROEH/SHAHUM
Resolution No. 2005-034 authorizes execution of an agreement with the County of Marin to undertake a Muir Woods Shuttle Service Planning Demonstration Project, utilizing small transit buses, 30’ long by 96” wide, that seat approximately 27 passengers, to operate between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, Saturday, May 28, 2005 through Monday, September 5, 2005.
Adopted

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

CLOSED SESSION

11.       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 Agenda as Item 6.B.1., Conference with Legal Counsel ­– 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 anticipated litigation for one or more potential cases, but that no action by the Board was required at this time.

ADJOURNMENT

12.       All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m., in the memory of Michael Owens.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Janet S. Tarantino

Secretary of the District

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