7-2010

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

APRIL 9, 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, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Friday, April 9, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., President Boro presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (14): Directors Brown, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, McGlashan, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Sanders, Snyder, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro

Directors Absent (5): Directors Campos, Dufty, Grosboll, Kerns and Pahre

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; 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 Transit Division Teri Mantony; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Transit Division James Swindler; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Z. Wayne Johnson; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala

Visitors Present: Linda Green, District Employee/Bridge Officer; Tracy Sorrell, District Employee/Bridge Officer; Wes Starratt, Reporter, Bay Crossings; Jerry Grace, San Lorenzo resident

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

Linda Green, District Employee/Bridge Officer, stated she would speak for the Toll Department and Bridge Officers, who are concerned about electronic toll collection. She stated that they understand that the Board wishes to make sure that they have jobs and they also understand that the Board wishes to study the feasibility of automated toll collection. She stated that each day toll takers interact with the people who drive past their booths and that Golden Gate Bridge toll takers have an excellent reputation for cheerfulness worldwide. She closed by requesting the Board to consider the 39 toll takers whose jobs could be at stake.

Tracy Sorrell, District Employee/Bridge Officer, stated that she is grateful and thankful for her job. She stated that it is difficult to hear that Golden Gate toll takers are the best, and then to understand they may lose their employment to automation. She stated that toll takers interact personally with the customers every day. She stated that toll takers are concerned about promises of retraining and future jobs because similar positions are being eliminated across the country and across California. She stated that toll takers are responsible for far more than collecting money.

Wes Starratt, Reporter, Bay Crossings, called the attention of the Board to an article he authored for the April 2010 issue of Bay Crossings (Volume 11, No. 4), entitled “The Golden Gate Bridge And Its Dramatic Impact On The North Bay.” He thanked the Board members from Marin. He stated they were a great help, and that the article is dedicated to the splendid job the District is doing to improve Marin County and provide public transportation.

Jerry Grace, San Lorenzo resident, stated that many changes are in the works for BART and local bus systems, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Golden Gate Transit. Many people are not happy about increased fares, although it is well known that budget shortfalls are widespread. He stated that the change to exclusively TransLink® on buses is not generally well received.

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, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, McGlashan, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Sanders, Snyder, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Campos, Dufty, Grosboll, Kerns and Pahre

     
1. Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings
     
  a. Building and Operating Committee/Committee of the Whole of March 25, 2010;
  b. Finance-Auditing Committee of March 25, 2010; and,
  c.

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of March 26, 2010.

Carried

     
2. Denial of Claims
     
  a.

Amended Subrogation Claim of Mercury Insurance Company (Insured: Ivan Sharamok)

Carried

  b. Claim of Gurpartep Singh

Carried

  c. Subrogation Claim of Unitrin Services Group (Insured: Noah Briones)

Carried

  d. Claim of Noah Briones

Carried

  e. Claim of Luis E. Moran

Carried

  f. Amended Subrogation Claim of California State Automobile Association (Insured: Matt Wakeman)

Carried

     
3.
Ratify Actions by the Auditor-Controller
Resolution No. 2010-028
(Finance-Auditing Committee, March 25, 2010) ratifies actions taken by the Auditor-Controller, as follows:
     
  a.
The Board of Directors has no commitments and/or expenditures to ratify for the period February 1, 2010, through February 28, 2010.
   
  b.
Ratify investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period February 17, 2010, through March 15, 2010, as follows:
     
Security
Purchase Date
Maturity Date
Original Cost
Percent Yield
FHLB TAP Bonds
03/12/10
12/13/13
552,521.25
2.21
     
  c.
Authorize the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board, investments maturing between March 16, 2010, and April 12, 2010, as well as the investment of all other funds not required to cover expenditures that may become available; and,
     
  d.

Accept the Investment Report for February 2010, as prepared by PFM.

Adopted

     
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT
     
4.
General Manager Celia Kupersmith discussed the Open House that took place on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael. She stated that ten individuals were in attendance. She noted that one hundred emails had been received with comments regarding the District’s proposal to effect changes to Golden Gate Transit Commute Bus Service, and fifty emails had been received with comments regarding the District’s proposal to establish a toll for carpools and to increase multi-axle vehicle tolls. She stated that one person expressed support to lower the speed on the Golden Gate Bridge. Further, she reported that two additional Open Houses will take place, with the first of these Open Houses scheduled for April 13, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, and the second Open House scheduled for April 15, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room, Administration Building, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, San Francisco. Ms. Kupersmith thanked Board President Boro and First Vice President Reilly and Director Stroeh for attending the Open House that took place on April 7, 2010.
     
5.

Presentation of Employee of the Month Award to Duarte Machado, Chief Mechanic, Bus Transit Division

President Boro presented the Employee of the Month Award to Duarte Machado and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
     
6.
Attorney David J. Miller reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report are informational, and that there is no closed session scheduled for this meeting.
     
ENGINEER’S REPORT
     
7.
No written report was presented by District Engineer Denis Mulligan. A written report is presented to the Board of Directors by the District Engineer at the second Board meeting of the month.
     
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF APRIL 9, 2010
     
8.

Approve a Six-Month Extension of the Current Salary and Benefits Freeze for All Non-Represented Employees and Officers

Directors STROEH/COCHRAN
Resolution No. 2010-029
approves a six-month extension of the current salary and benefits freeze for all non-represented employees and Officers, effective July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.

Adopted

AYES (14): Directors Brown, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, McGlashan, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Sanders, Snyder, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Campos, Dufty, Grosboll, Kerns and Pahre

     
9.

Approve Actions Relative to a Strategic Development Plan for All Electronic Toll Collection on the Golden Gate Bridge

Directors STROEH/REILLY
Resolution No. 2010-030
approves actions relative to a Strategic Development Plan for all electronic toll collection on the Golden Gate Bridge, as follows:

  a.
Authorizes execution of a Sole Source Professional Service Agreement with Traffic Technologies, Inc., New Windsor, New York, in the amount of $292,500.00, for the creation of a Strategic Development Plan for all electronic tolling conversion on the Golden Gate Bridge;
 

b.

Authorizes execution of Amendment No. 1 to Contract No. 2009-D-7, Technical Support - FasTrak® System Enhancement and Special Analyses, with Traffic Technologies, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $39,000.00, to provide temporary operational support for the existing toll collection system during the planning process of the Strategic Development Plan, with the understanding that sufficient funds are available in the FY 09/10 District Division Operating Budget; and,
  c.

Authorizes establishment of a new Capital Project for the planning phase of the Strategic Development Plan for all electronic toll collection conversion on the Golden Gate Bridge, in an amount not to exceed $337,000.00, to be funded from District reserves, to provide monies for the creation of the Strategic Development Plan ($292,500.00) and the salary and the benefits for a half-time Project Manager ($44,500.00).

Adopted

     
 
AYES (14): Directors Brown, Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, McGlashan, Moylan, Newhouse Segal, Sanders, Snyder, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Campos, Dufty, Grosboll, Kerns and Pahre
     
ADJOURNMENT
     
10.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:25 a.m., in memory of Phyllis Cope, Marie Baur, Pauline Freschi, Clifford Lund and Christina Wittenkeller.
     

 

Respectfully submitted,
/s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District