18-2006


GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OCTOBER 27, 2006


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, October 27, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., President Middlebrook presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (16): Directors Ammiano, Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

Directors Absent (3): Directors McGoldrick, Pahre and Sandoval

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; Secretary of the District 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; Director of Planning Alan R. Zahradnik; Director of Human Resources Larry Daniel; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala; Captain Michael Locati

Visitors Present: Anthony R. Withington, President, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local No. 1575; Roger Grimes, San Francisco resident; Jerry Grace, Oakland resident

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

First Vice President Moylan led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Jerry Grace informed the Board that he will be moving to Berkeley, CA, and that he will be able to attend the Board of Directors meetings more regularly.

Roger Grimes expressed his support for a physical suicide deterrent system on the Golden Gate Bridge.

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 (13):   Directors Brown, Cochran, Eddie, Grosboll, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Reilly and Stroeh; First Vice President Moylan; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):      None
ABSENT (6): Directors Ammiano, Dufty, Hernández, McGoldrick, Pahre and Sandoval

     
1.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of October 13, 2006

Carried

     
2. Denial of Claims
     
  a.

Subrogation Claim of California Insurance Group

(Insured:  James Donald Rush)

Carried

     
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
     
3.
Presentation of Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Angelo Leone, Shop Facilities Superintendent, Bus Division
     
 
President Middlebrook presented a Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Angelo Leone, Shop Facilities Superintendent, Bus Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
     
4.
Presentation of Thirty-Year Service Award to Edward Armstrong, Terminal Assistant, Ferry Division
     
 
President Middlebrook presented a Thirty-Year Service Award to Edward Armstrong, Terminal Assistant, Ferry Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
     
5.
Presentation of Employee of the Month Award for October 2006 to Kevin Runge, Laborer, Bridge Division
     
 
President Middlebrook presented the Employee of the Month Award for October 2006 to Kevin Runge, Laborer, Bridge Division, and expressed her congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.
     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
     
6.

Attorney David Miller reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report were informational.  He noted that, with regard to Item Nos. 6.B.1., Labor Coalition Negotiations and 6.B.2., Approve Actions Relative to Various Memoranda of Understanding with Employee Bargaining Units Whose Contracts Expire on 6/30/06 and to Non-Represented Employees (Exclusive of the Officers of the District) Regarding Salary, Health and Welfare Benefits and Other Terms and Conditions Related to District Employment, the various unions have not yet ratified the offer presented to the Union Coalition by the Advisory Committee for Labor Relations.  He further reported that this matter will be continued, and if an agreement is reached, it will be presented to the Board of Directors for action at its meeting of November 17, 2006.

Mr. Miller provided a status report relative to Item No. 6.B.3., Report on the Proposed Amendment with CalPERS to Modify Section 21354.4 (2.5% @ 55) for Local Miscellaneous Members.  The Board of Directors, by Resolution No. 2006-075 at its meeting of September 22, 2006, approved a Resolution of Intent regarding an amendment to the contract between the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Board of Administration and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors to increase the pension rate.  Ms. Kupersmith stated that, as a regulatory requirement, the District must disclose to the public the costs associated with the pension improvement.  She also stated that the costs of the enhanced pension rate, which is a 2.789% increase, will be paid for by the District’s employees.  Ms. Kupersmith noted that there are five units remaining to be ratified and that staff will present all contracts to the Board for approval when the District reaches agreements with all individual bargaining units in the union coalition.  She also noted that the final resolution to amend the contract with PERS will be a separate action.

     

ENGINEER’S REPORT

     
7.
District Engineer Denis Mulligan reported that all items contained in the Engineer’s Report were informational.
     
OTHER REPORTS – RECENT CONFERENCES
     
8.
Several Directors offered comments regarding their recent participation at annual meetings of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA):
     
 

2006 APTA Transit Board Members Seminar

  • Director Newhouse Segal provided a report on the proceedings of the APTA Transit Board Members Seminar held in Montreal, Canada, on July 22-25, 2006.  She stated that the seminar gave her insight in regards to her role as a Board member, as well as an opportunity to network with members of other transit boards throughout the United States.  She also stated that the Golden Gate Bridge is highly regarded in the national transit industry.  Director Newhouse Segal noted that the meetings she attended provided her with valuable information on transit- oriented development and on the capital planning and construction process.
     
 

2006 APTA Annual Meeting

  • Director Newhouse Segal provided a report on the proceedings of the APTA Annual Meeting held in San Jose, CA, October 7-11, 2006.  She attended the Leadership APTA luncheon and was pleased to announce that Marketing and Communications Director Kellee Hopper was honored as a graduate and also gave honorable mention to APTA Leadership alumni Director of Planning Alan Zahradnik and Secretary of the District Janet Tarantino.  She commented that General Manager Celia Kupersmith and Secretary of the District Janet Tarantino are well respected among their colleagues at APTA.  Director Newhouse Segal noted that the meetings she attended provided her with valuable information, such as ways to foster intermodalism and balance overall transportation needs.
     
 

74th IBTTA Annual Meeting and Exhibition

  • First Vice President Moylan provided a report on the proceedings of the IBTTA Annual Meeting and Exhibition held in Dallas, Texas, September 16-20, 2006.  He stated that the focus of the IBTTA meeting was on future global business and industry challenges and opportunities.  He noted that the break-out session, Stakeholders & Institutions: Using Toll Revenue for Other Transportation Projects, was moderated by General Manager Celia Kupersmith.
     
 
  • Director Stroeh also provided a report on the proceedings of the IBTTA Annual Meeting and Exhibition.  He stated that many experts in the field spoke about the state of the bridge and tunnel industry, including the need for more toll roads, freeways and mass transit, as well as the need for higher gasoline taxes to finance these kinds of projects.  He commented that in the future, toll road technology will be highly developed and sophisticated.
     
 
  • President Middlebrook commented that Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary Witt was installed as the Second Vice President of the IBTTA and that he is well-respected in the organization.
     
REPORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF OCTOBER 12, 2006
     
9. All items contained in this report are informational.
     
REPORT OF THE RULES. POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF OCTOBER 13, 2006
     
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 October 13, 2006.
     
REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF OCTOBER 26, 2006
     
11.
Authorize Execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Relative to Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 2007-BT-1, Consultant to Provide Design Services for Radio Replacement and Intelligent Transportation System
     
  a. Discussion by the Board
     
   
  • Director Grosboll made the following comments and inquiries:
    • He inquired as to the reason why the selection committee did not choose the consultant with the lowest proposal price. In response, Ms. Kupersmith explained the District’s procurement process for RFPs and stated that Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., clearly demonstrated the necessary skills set and expertise needed for this project, with a fair and reasonable proposal price.
    • He inquired as to whether the second-ranked proposer filed a formal protest. In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the second-ranked proposer did not file a formal protest. She added that staff provided answers to all of the questions raised by the second-ranked proposer regarding the final ranking results. Mr. Miller commented that it is the District’s practice to brief all proposers regarding the final recommendation in an effort to resolve any issues prior to presenting the recommendation to the Committee and Board for action.
     
   

Directors EDDIE/STROEH
Resolution No. 2006-082 authorizes execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $571,173, relative to Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 2007-BT-1, Consultant to Provide Design Services for Radio Replacement and Intelligent Transportation System, to replace the existing radio system used by the Bridge, Bus and Ferry Divisions; with the understanding that requisite funds (79% Federal/21% District) are available in the FY 06/07 Bus Transit Division Capital Budget.

Adopted

     
   
AYES (16):     Directors Ammiano, Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):      None
ABSENT (3): Directors McGoldrick, Pahre and Sand
     
12.
Authorize Execution of Change Order No. 1 to Contract No. 2007-FT-1, Larkspur Ferry Terminal Channel Maintenance Dredging, with Dutra Dredging Company for Dredging Additional Sediment Material
     
  a. Discussion by the Board
     
   
  • Director Grosboll made the following comments and inquiries:
    • He inquired as to why the District is managing this project when the last cycle of channel dredging was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the Corps completed the last cycle of channel dredging in 2002 and since then, the District has made several trips to Washington D.C., in an attempt to relinquish the responsibility to the Corps on a permanent basis. She noted that current federal legislation regarding the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act includes language that calls for the Corps to take on permanent responsibility for the dredging of the Larkspur Ferry Channel.
    • He inquired as to the timeframe for project completion. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that all the work for the dredging project has been completed.
     
   
  • Director Reilly inquired as to which significant District projects staff is attempting to seek congressional funding.  In response, Ms. Kupersmith stated that the responsibility for the dredging of the Larkspur Ferry Channel is a significant issue because if the project falls under the jurisdiction of the Corps on a permanent basis, it will have a positive financial impact on the District.  She noted that the other significant issue for the District is obtaining funds for the Moveable Median Barrier project.
     
   

Directors EDDIE/COCHRAN

Resolution No. 2006-083 authorizes execution of Change Order No. 1 to Contract No. 2007-FT-1, Larkspur Ferry Terminal Channel Maintenance Dredging, with Dutra Dredging Company, in the amount of $411,032.90, for dredging an 45,418 cubic yards of additional sediment material; with the understanding that requisite funds (80% Federal/20% District) are available in the FY 06/07 Ferry Transit Division Capital Budget.

Adopted

     
   
AYES (15):     Directors Ammiano, Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Newhouse Segal and Reilly; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):      None
ABSENT (3):  Directors McGoldrick, Pahre and Sandoval
ABSTAIN (1): Director Stroeh
     
13.
Approve Actions Relative to the Award of Contract No. 2007-FT-7, Vessel Refurbishment, to Bay Ship & Yacht Co.
     
 

Directors EDDIE/BORO

Resolution No. 2006-084 approves the following actions relative to the award of Contract No. 2007‑FT-7, Vessel Refurbishment:
  a.
Authorize award of Contract No. 2007-FT-7 to Bay Ship & Yacht Co., Alameda, CA, in the total amount of $6,199,632 (80% Federal/20% District), which includes all Category “A” items, in the amount of $5,522,746, and certain Category “B” items, in an amount not to exceed $676,886;
  b.
Authorize a contract contingency fund in the amount of $225,000; and,
  c.

Authorize a budget increase in the FY 06/07 Ferry Transit Division Capital Budget in the amount of $700,000, as concurred with by Finance-Auditing Committee at its meeting of October 26, 2006.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (16):     Directors Ammiano, Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Kerns, Martini, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Reilly and Stroeh; Second Vice President Boro; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook
NOES (0):      None
ABSENT (3): Directors McGoldrick, Pahre and Sandoval
     
ADJOURNMENT
     
14.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.
     

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District