10-2007


GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MAY 25, 2007


       
 

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, May 25, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., President Moylan presiding.
       
ROLL CALL
       
 

Directors Present (14): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Middlebrook, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; President Moylan

Directors Absent (5): Directors Brown, Kerns and Newhouse Segal; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro

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; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Teri W. Mantony; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala; Lieutenant David Rivera

Visitors Present: Jerry Grace, Berkeley Resident; Teri Shore, Friends of the Earth

       
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
       
  Director Mike Martini led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
       

PUBLIC COMMENT

       
 

Jerry Grace expressed his thoughts regarding the 70th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge

Teri Shore urged the Board of Directors to ensure that the District’s new fast ferry meets the standards of the San Francisco Water Transit Authority, the California Air Resources Board and the proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for new ferry engines.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • Director Sandoval inquired as to whether it is permissible under the Brown Act for a member of the Board of Directors to ask questions of the member of the public who speaks during the public comment period. In response, Attorney Miller stated that if the subject matter of the question has not been agendized for discussion at the meeting, it would not be appropriate to engage in a lengthy discussion on that subject matter, but a Board member is permitted to ask a simple question that leads to staff follow-up.
       
CONSENT CALENDAR
       
 

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

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

       
1. Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings:
       
  a.
Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole of May 10, 2007;
  b.
Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee/Committee of the Whole of May 11, 2007; and,
  c.

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of May 11, 2007.

Carried

       
2. Denial of Claims
       
  a.

Claim of Bobbie Casey

Carried

       
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
       
3.

Presentation of Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Michael Wertz, Pusher Ironworker, Bridge Division

President Moylan presented a Thirty-Five-Year Service Award to Michael Wertz, Pusher Ironworker, Bridge Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors. As a token of his appreciation for the recognition of his years of service, Mr. Wertz presented to the District a print of a watercolor painting of the Golden Gate Bridge that he had created.

       
4.

Presentation of Twenty-Five-Year Service Award to Glen Keelty, Chief Mechanic, Bridge Division

President Moylan presented a Twenty-Five-Year Service Award to Glen Keelty, Chief Mechanic, Bridge Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

       
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
       
5. Attorney Miller reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report were informational.
       
ENGINEER’S REPORT
       
6.

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

At the meeting, Celia Kupersmith announced that in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, a duffel bag with the Golden Gate Bridge logo and an ornament were presented to the members of the Board of Directors. She also announced that each District employee was presented with the commemorative duffel bag. She commended the District staff, led by Procurement and Retail Operations Director Lori Murray and Marketing and Communications Director Kellee Hopper, who were involved in selecting the design for the fifth annual commemorative holiday ornament, which is being issued in conjunction with the 70th Anniversary celebration.

       
REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MAY 24, 2007
       
7.

Approve Actions Relative to the Award of Contract No. 2007-BT-4, Santa Rosa Bus Facility Diesel Tanks Replacement, to American Construction & Environmental Services, Inc.

Directors EDDIE/STROEH
Resolution No. 2007-038
approves the following actions relative to the award of Contract No. 2007-BT-4, Santa Rosa Bus Facility Diesel Tanks Replacement:

  a.
Waive the minor irregularity and authorize the award of Contract No. 2007-BT-4 to American Construction and Environmental Services, Inc., Brentwood, CA, in the amount of $664,333 (41% Federal Transit Administration grant funded and 59% District funded);
  b.

Authorize a contract contingency fund in the amount of $66,430, equal to 10% of the contract award; and,

  c.

Authorize a budget transfer in the amount of $77,000 from the FY 06/07 District Division Operating Budget to the FY 06/07 Bus Transit Division Capital Budget, as concurred with by the Finance-Auditing Committee at its meeting of May 24, 2007.

Adopted

       
 
AYES (14): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Middlebrook, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Kerns and Newhouse Segal; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro
       
8.

Approve Actions Relative to the Award of Contract No. 2007-FT-13, Larkspur Ferry Terminal Storage and Inspection Station, to Bay Area Structural, Inc.

Directors EDDIE/STROEH
Resolution No. 2007-039
approves the following actions relative to the award of Contract No. 2007-FT-13, Larkspur Ferry Terminal Storage and Inspection Station:

  a.
Authorize the General Manager to award Contract No. 2007-FT-13 to Bay Area Structural, Inc., Oakland, CA, in the amount of $255,200, upon issuance of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission permit for this project; and,
  b.
Authorize a contract contingency fund in the amount of $25,520, equal to 10% of the contract award; and,
  c.

Authorize a budget increase in the amount of $120,000 in the FY 06/07 Ferry Transit Division Capital Budget, to be funded with Federal Transit Administration grant funds in the amount of $96,000 and with District Reserves in the amount of $24,000, as concurred with by the Finance-Auditing Committee at its meeting of May 24, 2007.

Adopted

       
 
AYES (14): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Middlebrook, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Kerns and Newhouse Segal; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro
       
9.

Approve Actions Relative to Contract No. 99-B-5, Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit (Phase II), South Approach Structures, for Construction Management and Inspection Support Services

Directors EDDIE/STROEH
Resolution No. 2007-040
approves the following actions relative to Contract No. 99-B-5, Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit (Phase II), South Approach Structures:

  a.
Authorize an Addendum to the Ninth Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with HNTB Corporation, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $510,000, for additional scope of work and extension of time for construction management and inspection support services;
 

b.

Authorize a consultant contract contingency fund in the amount of $50,000; and,
  c.

Authorize a budget increase in the Bridge Division Capital Budget for the Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit Phase II Project, in the amount of $560,000, to be funded with the federal grant funds programmed for the Seismic Retrofit Project, as concurred with by the Finance-Auditing Committee at its meeting of May 24, 2007.

Adopted

       
 
AYES (14): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Middlebrook, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Kerns and Newhouse Segal; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro
       
10.

Approve Appointment to the Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Instrumentation Advisory Panel

Directors EDDIE/MARTINI
Resolution No. 2007-041
approves the appointment of Dr. Edward L. Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Structural Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, to serve as a member on the District’s Seismic Instrumentation Advisory Panel, filling a vacancy due to the retirement of Dr. Ray W. Clough; with the understanding that panel members will serve at no fee, but will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses.

Adopted

AYES (14): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Middlebrook, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Kerns and Newhouse Segal; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro

       
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MAY 24, 2007
       
11.

Authorize Execution of an Agreement with the City and County of San Francisco for Fiscal Year 2006 Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant Program Funds to Enhance Security on the Golden Gate Bridge and Approve the Addition of this Project to the FY 06/07 Bridge Division Capital Budget

Directors STROEH/MIDDLEBROOK
Resolution No. 2007-042
approves the following actions relative to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2006 Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant Program:

  a.
Authorize the General Manager or her designee to execute a grant agreement and related assurances with the City and County of San Francisco;
  b.
Authorize the Auditor-Controller or his designee to execute reimbursement requests on behalf of the District; and,
  c.

Approve the addition of a $200,000 Bridge Security Enhancements Project to the FY 06/07 Bridge Division Capital Budget.

Adopted

       
 
AYES (14): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Middlebrook, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Kerns and Newhouse Segal; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro
       
12.

Receive the Independent Auditor’s Financial Statements for the for the Supplemental Retirement Plan and Trust for the Year Ending June 30, 2006, as Submitted by Macias, Gini & O’Connell, LLP

Directors STROEH/MIDDLEBROOK
Resolution No. 2007-043
receives the Independent Auditor’s Financial Statements for the Supplemental Retirement Plan and Trust for the Year ending June 30, 2006, as submitted by Macias, Gini & McConnell, LLP.

Adopted

AYES (14): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Middlebrook, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Kerns and Newhouse Segal; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro

       

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

       
13.

Authorize Resolutions of Appreciation to Edward Ashoff, Charles Heinbockel and Rolf Johanas Jensen in Recognition of Their Dedicated Service as Original Construction Workers on the Golden Gate Bridge


Directors MIDDLEBROOK/BORO
Resolution No. 2007-044
authorizes Resolutions of Appreciation to Edward Ashoff, Charles Heinbockel and Rolf Johanas Jensen in recognition of their dedicated service as Original Construction Workers on the Golden Gate Bridge in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Unanimously Adopted

AYES (14): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Grosboll, Hernández, Martini, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Middlebrook, Pahre, Reilly, Sandoval and Stroeh; President Moylan
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Kerns and Newhouse Segal; Second Vice President Ammiano; First Vice President Boro

       
NEW BUSINESS
       
14.

Status Report on the Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Deterrent Study

This matter had been discussed at the May 24, 2007, meeting of the Building and Operating Committee.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

  • Director Grosboll made the following inquiries:    
    • He inquired as to whether one of the proposed Suicide Deterrent System design concepts, which utilized vertical glass panels in the design, had ever been used on any other bridges. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that he is not aware of any other bridges or structures that have a barrier that incorporates vertical glass blades.    
    • He inquired as to whether there were other possible concepts other than those displayed in the Phase I Wind Studies Report. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that the Wind Study defined the parameters of which options would work on the Golden Gate Bridge, identifying those options that would not work. There were three generic concepts from a variety of architectural renderings were developed, to show examples of what they might look like. He noted that other options are possible as long as they meet the fundamental wind criteria specified in the Phase I Wind Studies Report.
  • Director Pahre commended staff on the usefulness of the new web site dedicated to the Suicide Deterrent System Study, located at www.ggbsuicidebarrier.org.
       
ADJOURNMENT
       
15.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m., in the memory of Ira Floyd Aikens and Harvey Segal.
       

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District