9-2010

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MAY 14, 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, CA, on Friday, May 14, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., President Boro presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (17): Directors Brown, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Sanders, Snyder and Sobel; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro

Directors Absent (2): Directors Newhouse Segal and Stroeh

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; Director of Procurement and Retail Operations and Acting Auditor-Controller Lori Murray; Secretary of the District Janet S. Tarantino; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; 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 Lona Franklin

Visitors Present: Troy Wilkes, San Mateo Resident; Jerry Grace, San Lorenzo resident; Tana Sabatino, San Francisco resident; David Freeman, California Outdoor Rollersports Association (CORA); Chris H. Bohren, CORA and Wheels United; David Miles, CORA; Cheryl Dunn, CORA; Jim Fitzpatrick, San Francisco Bay Bombers

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

Cheryl Dunn, member of California Outdoor Rollersports Association (CORA), expressed her view that skating on the Golden Gate Bridge (Bridge) should be permitted. She stated that CORA wants people to know that skating is a viable means of transportation, like cycling or walking.

David Freeman, member of CORA, expressed his view that skating on the Bridge should be permitted. He stated that skating can be a valuable tool in helping children; and, if skating was permitted, events and fundraisers would be able to incorporate skating across the Bridge.

Tana Sabatino, San Francisco resident, expressed her view that the District should support skating as transportation by permitting it on the Golden Gate Bridge. She stated she lives in San Francisco and uses skates for transportation and that her six-year-old son joins her, riding his bicycle alongside.

Chris Bohren, member of CORA and Wheels United, expressed his hope that the District will support skating by permitting it on the Golden Gate Bridge. He stated he has skated for the past ten years, and expressed his view that skating across the Golden Gate Bridge would assist his commute, as well as provide additional recreational opportunity. He stated that rush hour is a good time to skate, that children are enthusiastic about skating and that it is good exercise.

Jim Fitzpatrick, General Manager of San Francisco Bay Bombers, expressed his view that skating should be permitted on the Golden Gate Bridge. He stated he has skated professionally most of his life and that CORA has done much to improve skating safety in San Francisco. He requested that the Board consider permitting skating on the Golden Gate Bridge.

David Miles, Executive Director, CORA, expressed his view that skating on the Golden Gate Bridge should be permitted. He stated that skating is an alternative form of transportation and that general advice is disseminated by the media and the government concerning the advantages of alternative forms of transportation. He stated that many bridges across the United States permit skating.

Troy Wilkes, San Mateo resident, expressed his view that skating on the Golden Gate Bridge should be permitted. He stated that by not permitting individuals to skate across the Golden Gate Bridge discriminates against disabled persons. He stated that he has used skates as prosthetic devices since 1990. He indicated that he had made a videotape when crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on skates and had been cited by a Bridge patrolperson. He commented that he has been working with the Department of Justice to reduce discrimination in public places and requested cooperation from the District in making it possible to skate across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Jerry Grace, San Lorenzo resident, expressed his view that disabled people throughout the area are confused about the changes to Golden Gate Transit. He added that a meeting will be held in Alameda County at the State Building on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., to address issues related to public transportation and the disabled population, and that the public are welcome to attend.

CONSENT CALENDAR

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

AYES (17): Directors Brown, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Sanders, Snyder and Sobel; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro

NOES (0): None

ABSENT (2): Directors Newhouse Segal and Stroeh

 

     
1. Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings
     
  a. Building and Operating Committee/Committee of the Whole of April 22, 2010;
  b. Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole of April 22, 2010; and,
  c.

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of April 23, 2010.

Carried

     
2. Denial of Claims
     
  a.

Claim of Pascal Waldburger and Ana Reparaz

Carried

  b.

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

Carried

     
3. Ratify Actions by the Auditor-Controller
Resolution No. 2010-03
5 (Finance-Auditing Committee, April 22, 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 March 1, 2010, through March 31, 2010.
     
  b. Ratify investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period March 16, 2010, through April 12, 2010, as follows:
     
Security
Purchase Date
Maturity Date
Original Cost
Percent Yield
Barclays US Funding, LLC
Commercial Paper
03/29/10
6/28/10
$6,350,180.79
0.30
     
  c.
Authorize the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board, investments maturing between April 13, 2010, and May 17, 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 March 2010, as prepared by PFM.

Adopted

     
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT
     
4.

Presentation of Twenty-Year Service Award to Tracy D. Sorrell, Bridge Officer, Bridge Division

President Boro presented a Twenty-Year Service Award to Tracy D. Sorrell, Bridge Officer, Bridge Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

     
5.

Presentation of Twenty-Year Service Award to Walter A. Quandt, Bus Operator, Bus Division

President Boro presented a Twenty-Year Service Award to Walter A. Quandt, Bus Operator, Bus Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

     
6.

Presentation of Twenty-Year Service Award to Andrew C. Damato, Body and Fender Mechanic, Bus Division

President Boro presented a Twenty-Year Service Award to Andrew C. Damato, Body and Fender Mechanic, Bus Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

     
7.

Presentation of Employee of the Month Award to Carol Botelho, Engineering Design Technician, District Division

President Boro presented the Employee of the Month Award to Carol Botelho, Engineering Design Technician, District Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

     
8.
General Manager Celia Kupersmith stated that, during the week of April 26, 2010, a sewage odor was noticed in the Larkspur Ferry Terminal parking lot. Following investigation, it became clear that emergency repair was necessary. She stated that the General Manager, in such situations, is authorized by the Board of Directors to approve a procurement up to $100,000.00, and that the board must be notified of any action taken. She reported that it was necessary to repair main pipeline between District property and Marin County’s main line and that District representatives have met with appropriate governmental agencies. She stated that the repairs have cost about $51,000.00 to date, and it is possible that it may increase to over $100,000.00. If so, it will come before the Board for ratification, as required. She reported that neither ferry service nor the parking lot have been impacted by this event.
     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
     
9. 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
     

10.

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

REPORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF MAY 13, 2010

     
11.

Authorize Execution of the FY 10/11 Inter-County Paratransit Services Agreement with the Marin County Transit District

Directors COCHRAN/KERNS
Resolution No. 2010-036
authorizes execution of the FY 10/11 Intercounty Paratransit Services Agreement with the Marin County Transit District, in the estimated cost of $1,156,800.00, for a period of twelve months, from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, to provide Americans with Disabilities Act intercounty paratransit services.

Adopted

AYES (17): Directors Brown, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Sanders, Snyder and Sobel; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (2): Directors Newhouse Segal and Stroeh

     
REPORT OF THE RULES, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING OF MAY 14, 2010
     
12.

Approve Recodification of the Master Ordinance 2010

Directors PAHRE/DUFTY
Ordinance No. 2010
approves adoption of Master Ordinance 2010, which,

  a. Codifies previous changes approved by the Board in 2009; and,
  b.

Repeals Master Ordinance 2009.

Adopted

     
 
AYES (17): Directors Brown, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Sanders, Snyder and Sobel; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (2): Directors Newhouse Segal and Stroeh
     
13.

Approve an Amendment to Rule XI, Investment Policy, of The Rules of the Board

Directors PAHRE/McGLASHAN
Resolution No. 2010-037
approves an Amendment to RULE XI, INVESTMENT POLICY, of the Rules of the Board, by adding Subsection “J” to the Investment Policy, as follows:

     
    “J.
Local Agency Investment Fund

        “The District is also authorized to invest in the State of California’s Local Agency Investment Fund pursuant to California Government Code Section 16429.1, up to the maximum amount allowed by the State Treasurer.”

Adopted

     
 
AYES (17): Directors Brown, Campos, Chu, Cochran, Dufty, Elsbernd, Grosboll, Kerns, McGlashan, Moylan, Pahre, Sanders, Snyder and Sobel; Second Vice President Eddie; First Vice President Reilly; President Boro
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (2): Directors Newhouse Segal and Stroeh
     
SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
     
14.

Status Report on the Doyle Drive Reconstruction Project

District Engineer Denis Mulligan reported on the status of the Doyle Drive Reconstruction Project (Project). He stated that construction has begun, and thus far, traffic impacts have been minor. The completed Presidio Parkway will be improved, with shoulders, landscaped medians and smoother traffic flow. Mr. Mulligan reported that District representatives have met with Caltrans to plan routes for the very large equipment used by the contractors to reach the job site. He stated that cameras have been installed for accountability should accidents occur wherein the over-sized construction equipment damages District property. It is anticipated that traffic routes will remain open except during certain jobs, such as traffic switches or tree trimming adjacent to traffic lanes, during which traffic routes will be closed for several hours overnight. Mr. Mulligan stated that Contract No. 4, the next major step in the reconstruction project, has been awarded but not yet begun. This project will involve the southbound Battery Tunnel in the vicinity of the Veterans Cemetery. Lincoln Boulevard will experience a closure until the new southbound tunnel under Lincoln Avenue is completed. The detour will be along McDowell. He reported that, in 2011, Caltrans will close traffic on selected routes for a period of three days, on a weekend. He stated they plan to do a public relations campaign before the closure is necessary. The District will not be closing the Golden Gate Bridge during that time. Mr. Mulligan reported that future contracts may be public/private partnerships. Under such an arrangement, a private party would operate Doyle Drive for thirty years and would not charge a toll, but would receive “availability payments.” Their obligation would include maintenance of Doyle Drive. He stated that a California Transportation Commission meeting on this topic is scheduled to take place next week. He concluded by stating that construction is going well, with impacts fewer than on some past projects. Caltrans is cooperating with the District and only minor traffic delays are being experienced.

Discussion ensued, including the following comments and inquiries:

  • Director Reilly inquired as to whether Marina Boulevard would be accessible to traffic. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that an exit to Marina Boulevard will allow those who live there and their guests to drive to and from their homes.
  • Director Snyder made the following inquires:
    • He inquired as to whether actual impacts are greater or smaller than predicted. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that traffic delays are less severe than the District predicted, but greater than Caltrans predicted.
    • He inquired as to the meaning of “availability payments.” In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that Caltrans will make annual payments to the firm from the State Highway account, as opposed to tolling Doyle Drive. Ms. Kupersmith added that a Memorandum of Understanding restricts tolling on Doyle Drive. She stated that the District’s commitment is to provide $75,000,000.00 for reconstruction. President Boro added that should a toll ever be charged, the funds will come back to the District with interest.
     
ADJOURNMENT
     
15.

All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m., in memory of Kevin G. Restani, William “Bill” Farrell, George Sanchez, Ronald James Ladd, Alirio Eduardo Castillo, Theresa Sazio, Peter Samuiloff and Michael A. Sullivan.

     
     

 

 

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