2-2010

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

JANUARY 22, 2010

 

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, January 22, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., President Boro presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (16): Directors Brown, Chu, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro

Directors Absent (3): Directors McGlashan, Snyder and Sobel

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 Teri W. Mantony; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Z.W. Johnson; Terminal Operations Superintendent and Acting Deputy General Manager/Ferry Division Rebecca Wessling; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala

Visitors Present: None

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Director J. Dietrich Stroeh led the Board of Directors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

CONSENT CALENDAR

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

AYES (16): Directors Brown, Chu, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors McGlashan, Snyder and Sobel

 

     
1. Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings:
     
 

a.

Transportation Committee/Committee of the Whole of January 7, 2010;
 

b.

Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole of January 7, 2010;
  c. Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee/Committee of the Whole of January 8, 2010; and,
  d.

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of January 8, 2010.

Carried

     
2.

Denial of Claims

     
  a. Subrogation Claim of USAA Casualty Insurance Company for Kyra M. Kuhn (Insured: Stephen M. Kuhn)

Carried

  b. Claim of Silvina Blasen

Carried

  c. Claim of Florin Darie

Carried

  d. Claim of Sheila Doyle

Carried

  e. Claim of Joanne Ingledew

Carried

  f. Claim of Bill Chaison

Carried

  g. Claim of Julie A. Selby

Carried

  h. Claim of Austin Torres

Carried

  i. Claim of Andrew Bickerstaff

Carried

  j. Claim of Richard J. Amaro

Carried

  k. Claim of Kimberly Ann Flower

Carried

  l. Claim of Robert John Berling

Carried

  m. Claim of Judy Kaiser

Carried

     
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
   
3.
General Manager Celia Kupersmith reported that all items contained in the General Manager’s report were informational.
 
4.

Presentation of Retirement Gift to James Monte, Bus Operator, Bus Division

President Boro presented a retirement gift to James Monte, Bus Operator in the Bus Division, who has worked for the District for twenty-five years, and expressed his best wishes for a long and happy retirement on behalf of the Board of Directors.

 
5.

Presentation of Fifteen-Year Service Award to James C. Eddie, Director, Board of Directors

President Boro presented a Fifteen-Year Service Award to James C. Eddie, Director from the Board of Directors, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

 

6.

Presentation of Five-Year Service Award to Bevan Dufty, Director, Board of Directors

President Boro presented a Five-Year Service Award to Bevan Dufty, Director from the Board of Directors, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

 
7.

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

President Boro presented a Twenty-Five Year Service Award to Patricia Noel, Operations Supervisor in the Ferry Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

 
8.

Presentation of Employee of the Month Award to Ben Ramirez, Bridge Officer/ Toll Collection Department, Bridge Division

President Boro presented the Employee of the Month Award to Ben Ramirez, Bridge Officer/Toll Collection Department, Bridge Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

   
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 a matter of pending litigation, Betty Crutcher and Robert Crutcher vs. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, listed on the Agenda as Item No. 6.B.
   
ENGINEER’S REPORT
   
10.

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

At the meeting, Mr. Mulligan also reported that the District has released the Final Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Evaluation with Finding of No Significant Impact, regarding the Golden Gate Bridge Physical Suicide Deterrent System Project. Mr. Mulligan stated that California State Department of Transportation on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration has approved the Finding of No Significant Impact. He provided the Directors with a CD of the report. He noted that staff will be presenting a recommendation to the Board, at its meeting of February 12, 2010, to approve the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Golden Gate Bridge Physical Suicide Deterrent System Project with Alternative 3, Installation of a Net System, as the Preferred Alternative.

Discussion ensued, including the following inquiry:

  • Director Grosboll inquired as to the Project’s next step upon the Board of Directors adoption of the Final EIR. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that the District has funds in the FY 09/10 District Division Capital Budget for the preliminary engineering and environmental studies, which will be concluded with the February 12th Board action. Mr. Mulligan stated that, until additional funds are identified, there will be no further activity on the Project. Mr. Mulligan noted that public advocates are aggressively seeking funding sources. He concluded by stating that the first step would be to identify funding for the final design, the preparation of plans and specifications for a construction contract.
   
REPORT OF THE BUILDING AND OPERATING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF JANUARY 21, 2010
   
11.

Authorize Award of Contract No. 2010-FT-12, Sale of Four Surplus Cummins Diesel Engines and Miscellaneous Spare Parts, to Wagner & Pigozzi, Inc.

Directors EDDIE/KERNS
Resolution No. 2010-006
authorizes the award of Contract No. 2010-FT-12, Sale of Four Surplus Cummins Diesel Engines and Miscellaneous Spare Parts, to Wagner & Pigozzi, Inc., Oakland, CA, in the amount of $83,052.96; with the understanding that the proceeds from the sale will be set aside for a future District project to be funded and approved by the Federal Transportation Administration.

Adopted

AYES (16): Directors Brown, Chu, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors McGlashan, Snyder and Sobel

   
12.

Authorize Execution of the First Amendment to the Services Agreement with Verizon Business Network Services, Inc., Relative to Request for Proposals No. 2010-D-3, Installation Services for Nortel Switch Upgrade, to Extend the Term of the Service Warranty

Directors EDDIE/KERNS
Resolution No. 2010-007
approves actions relative to Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 2010-D-3, Installation Services for Nortel Switch Upgrade, as follows:

  a.
Authorize execution of the First Amendment to the Services Agreement with Verizon Select Services Inc., relative to RFP No. 2010-D-3, in the amount of $54,768.00 for an additional three-year extended service warranty for the District’s Nortel telephone equipment; and,
  b.

Authorize a budget transfer in the amount of $54,768.00, from the FY 09/10 District’s Capital Budget to the FY 09/10 District Division Operating Budget, as concurred with by the Finance-Auditing Committee at its meeting of January 21, 2010.

Adopted

   
 

AYES (15): Directors Brown, Chu, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly
NOES (0): None

ABSENT (3): Directors McGlashan, Snyder and Sobel

ABSTAIN (1): President Boro

   
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF JANUARY 21, 2010
   
13.

Authorize Execution of the First Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with JFC & Associates Relative to Request for Proposals No. 2009-FT-6, Asset Management System Consultant Services, to Provide Expanded Consultant Services

Directors STROEH/REILLY
Resolution No. 2010-008
authorizes execution of the First Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with JFC & Associates, relative to Request for Proposals No. 2009-FT-6, Asset Management Consultant Services, in the amount of $150,000.00, to provide expanded consultant services; with the understanding that requisite funds are available in the FY 09/10 District Division Capital Budget.

Adopted

AYES (16): Directors Brown, Chu, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors McGlashan, Snyder and Sobel

   
SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
   
14.
Discussion and Possible Action Relative to Approval of the National Science Foundation Project's Master Plan for the East Visitor's Area
   
  a. Staff Presentation
   
 

District Engineer Denis Mulligan provided a PowerPoint presentation regarding Master Planning for the selection of a location for the Outdoor Exhibition Area relative to the National Science Foundation Project, located at the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza.

The PowerPoint presentation included the following sections:

  1. Master Plan Goals;
  2. Background and Analysis;
  3. Outdoor Exhibition Location; and,
  4. Future History and Visitor Center Location Options.
     
 

Mr. Mulligan provided a list of the Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition Project Team members, as well as the Master Plan’s goals and objectives. He stated that the Master Plan is consistent with the General Objectives as set forth in Presidio Trust Board, Resolution No. 99-11, dated March 4, 1999, and with the National Park Service’s 1994 General Master Plan Goals.

Mr. Mulligan talked about the Centerpiece Exhibit and associated engineering exhibits, and provided a detailed list of Exhibits, layout schematics, as well as information about other Exhibits on history and construction. He identified the existing conditions for transit, trails, greenery, historic structures, service and parking. He described the visitor experience in terms of four main visitor types:

  1) Visitor No. 1: Arrives at site by tour bus, parks and has photograph taken.
  2) Visitor No. 2: Arrives at site by car, walks across bridge and back.
  3) Visitor No. 3: Arrives at site by bicycle from Crissy Field or the Presidio and rides across the Bridge and back, or returns to San Francisco by ferry via Sausalito.
  4) Visitor No. 4: Arrives at site by multiple means, i.e. bicycle, car or transit and works at site all day.
     
 

Mr. Mulligan also talked about the proposed circulation of the pedestrians, bicycles, tour buses and services and its primary revisions, including the following: consolidating visitor services north of parking; minimizing the number of pedestrian crossings over bike paths and roads; eliminating bikes through historic tunnel with a paved coastal trail; creating a one-way tour bus loop with future remote tour bus staging; and, relocating the service yard West of the Bridge. Furthermore, he pointed out the various recreational resources that would become available with the improved visitor services.

Mr. Mulligan provided historic and current photographs that depict the Roundhouse, the Tunnel and the Battery Lancaster. He also provided a brief history of the demolition of the Battery Lancaster Emplacement for the Toll Plaza widening in 1963.

Mr. Mulligan described the three options for the Outdoor Exhibition area, with respect to the Centerpiece Exhibit, a scale model of the Golden Gate Bridge (Bridge model). The design includes studies comparing an average size person next to the Bridge model as a measure for guarding against visitors climbing on the exhibit.

Option A, located in Visitor Services Plaza, would require significant new structure for upper level viewing.

Option B, located adjacent to Battery Lancaster, would require removal of dirt and plantings adjacent to the battery plus minor modifications to the battery wall.

Option C, located within Battery Lancaster, would require raising floor elevation or would require cutting a slice through the battery wall.

Option C1, located within Battery Lancaster, shows a plan of the Bridge model in the battery, with a ramp from the battery.

Option C2, located within Battery Lancaster, shows a plan of the Bridge model in the battery with a slice cut through the battery and could serve as the first stop on the coastal defense trail.

Mr. Mulligan provided generic future History and Visitor’s Center location options with each scheme, size and location.

Option 1, entitled “the wrap,” is 50,000 square feet and wrapped around north side of the Battery Lancaster.
Option 2, entitled “the steps,” is 50,000 square feet and steps down the hillside to the north towards Fort Point.
Option 3, entitled “the backdrop,” is 50,000 square feet and opposite the Tunnel.
Option 5, entitled “the gateway,” is 50,000 square feet north of the Tunnel between parking and Bridge access.

In conclusion, Mr. Mulligan provided an overview of the three options for the Outdoor Exhibition Area. Copies of the PowerPoint presentation are available in the Office of the District Secretary.

Ms. Kupersmith commended Mr. Mulligan and Ms. Currie for their efforts in obtaining the $3 million in grant funds for a public science exhibits. Ms. Kupersmith stated that, in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary Planning Advisory Committee, the project has reached a position for action by the Board of Directors in regard to selecting an option for the location of the outdoor exhibits.

     
  b.

Discussion by the Board of Directors

  • Director Newhouse Segal inquired as to whether the athletic visitor could be included as a fifth main visitor type and directed staff to address the issues of the athletic visitor. Mr. Mulligan answered in the affirmative.
  • Director Reilly expressed her satisfaction with the proposed outdoor exhibits which she believes will fundamentally change the visitor’s experience at the Golden Gate Bridge with education about engineering and tactile exhibits.
  • President Boro commended Mr. Mulligan for the comprehensive PowerPoint presentation, as well as expressing gratitude to Mr. Mulligan and Ms. Currie for efforts in obtaining the $3 million in grant funds for the project.
     
 
After discussion, Director Reilly, Chair of the 75th Anniversary Planning Advisory Committee (75th Advisory Committee) stated that the 75th Advisory Committee has reviewed the various options and recommends choosing option C2 for the Outdoor Exhibition Area relative to the National Science Foundation Project's Master Plan for the East Visitor's Area.
     
  c. Action by the Board of Directors
     
 

Approve “Option C2” for the Outdoor Exhibition Area relative to the National Science Foundation Project's Master Plan for the East Visitor's Area

Directors REILLY/NEWHOUSE SEGAL
Resolution No. 2010-009
approves “Option C2 – Within Battery Lancaster” for the Outdoor Exhibition Area, relative to the National Science Foundation Project's Master Plan for the East Visitor's Area located at the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza.

Adopted

AYES (16): Directors Brown, Chu, Campos, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Sanders and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (3): Directors McGlashan, Snyder and Sobel

     
CLOSED SESSION
     
15.

Attorney’s Report

Attorney David Miller, at the request of President Boro, stated that the Board of Directors would convene in closed session to discuss a matter of pending litigation listed on the agenda as Item No. 6.B., Betty Crutcher and Robert Crutcher vs. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District).

After closed session, President Boro 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 hear a report from legal counsel with regard to the matter of Betty Crutcher and Robert Crutcher vs. District. Mr. Miller reported that the Board unanimously provided settlement authority for disposition of this matter.

     
ADJOURNMENT
     
16.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m., in the memory of David McMullin, Elbert Rose, Nathan Cohn, Eleanor Lloyd, Alma Armanini, Frances P. Serio, Juanita B. Misbeek, Joanne V. Lovato, Norm Rolfe, Gene Edward Tallmadge and Dan Kelleher.
     

 

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District