13-2011

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

MEMORANDUM OF MINUTES

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

JULY 8, 2011

 

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, July 8, 2011, at 10:10 a.m., Acting and First Vice President Eddie presiding.

ROLL CALL

Directors Present (12): Directors Arnold, Boro, Cochran, Elsbernd, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder and Sobel; Second Vice President Grosboll; Acting and First Vice President Eddie

Directors Absent (7): Directors Brown, Campos, Chu, Mar, Stroeh and Theriault; President Reilly

Staff Present: General Manager Denis Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire; District Engineer Ewa Bauer; Secretary of the District Janet Tarantino; Attorneys David Miller, Jerry Schaefer and Molly Lee; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary Witt; Deputy General Manager/Bus Transit Division Teri Mantony; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Transit Division James Swindler; Electronic Revenue Collection Program Manager David Dick; Public Affairs Director Mary Currie; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Lona Franklin

Visitors Present: Mark Prado, Reporter/Marin Independent Journal; Mark Goehring, Cardiac Science Corporation

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

     
1.

Request to Sever Item from Consent Calendar

Acting President Eddie announced to the Board that Item No. 5.A.2., “Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole of June 23, 2011,” is being severed from the Consent Calendar, and will be presented to the Board at its meeting of July 22, 2011, for approval.

     
2.

Motion to Approve the Remaining Consent Calendar Items

Directors BORO/COCHRAN moved and seconded to approve the Consent Calendar, as amended. All remaining items were approved by the following vote of the Board of Directors:

AYES (12): Directors Arnold, Boro, Cochran, Elsbernd, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder and Sobel; Second Vice President Grosboll; Acting and First Vice President Eddie
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Campos, Chu, Mar, Stroeh and Theriault; President Reilly

     
3. Approve the Minutes of the Following Meetings
  a. Building and Operating Committee/Committee of the Whole of June 23, 2011; and,
  b.

Board of Directors of June 24, 2011.

Carried

     
4. Denial of Claims
  a.

Claim of Jocelynda A. Wi

Carried

  b.

Claim of Calvin Joe

Carried

  c.

Application for Leave to Present a Late Claim and Amended Claim of Patricia Jordan

Carried

  d.

Subrogation Claim of California State Automobile Association (Insured: Sondra Jones)

Carried

  e.

Insufficient Amended Claim of Esperanza Cardenas

Carried

  f.

Claim of Ami E. Kamei

Carried

     
5.
Ratify Actions by the Auditor-Controller
Resolution No. 2011-067
(Finance-Auditing Committee/Committee of the Whole, June 23, 2011) 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 May 1, 2011, through May 31, 2011;
  b. Ratifies investments made by the Auditor-Controller during the period May 17, 2011, through June 13, 2011, as follows:
Security
Purchase Date
Maturity Date
Original Cost
Percent Yield
Caterpillar Financial SE Notes
05/20/11
05/20/14
3,698,039.00
1.39
Conoco Phillips Corp Notes
05/23/11
05/15/13
2,099,860.36
0.84
BNP Paribas Fin. Inc., Commercial Paper
05/23/11
08/23/11
5,509,900.47
0.22
Deutsche Bank Financial, Commercial Paper
05/24/11
08/23/11
2,327,822.56
0.20
Societe Generale NA, Commercial Paper
05/24/11
08/23/11
4,997,093.06
0.23
FNMA Notes
05/27/11
07/05/14
4,399,493.30
1.23
Societe Generale NA, Commercial Paper
06/01/11
08/03/11
880,660.82
0.22
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Notes
06/10/11
10/01/12
5,297,550.00
0.79
     
  c. Authorizes the Auditor-Controller to re-invest, within the established policy of the Board of Directors, investments maturing between June 14, 2011, and July 11, 2011, as well as the investment of all other funds not required to cover expenditures that may become available; and,
  d.

Accepts the Investment Report for May 2011, as prepared by PFM.

Adopted

     
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT
     
6.

Presentation of Employee of the Month Award to Rick Fiero, Vessel Master, Ferry Transit Division

Acting President Eddie presented the Employee of the Month Award to Rick Fiero, Vessel Master, Ferry Transit Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

     
7.

Presentation of Employee of the Month Award to Robert Barley, Vessel Master, Ferry Transit Division

Acting President Eddie presented the Employee of the Month Award to Robert Barley, Vessel Master, Ferry Transit Division, and expressed his congratulations on behalf of the Board of Directors.

     
8.

Presentation of “Save Certificate” to Robert Barley, Vessel Master, Ferry Transit Division

Michael Goehring of Cardiac Science Corporation, presented a “Save Certificate” to Robert Barley, Vessel Master, Ferry Transit Division, for his deployment of the automated external defibrillator relative to a medical emergency onboard the M.V. Del Norte on May 16, 2011.

     
9.

Report of the General Manager

Mr. Mulligan reported that the items contained in his written report are informational. Mr. Mulligan also reported that the District kicked off its 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Marin County Fair (the Fair) from June 30, 2011, through July 4, 2011. He complimented staff who worked at the Golden Gate Bridge exhibit (Bridge exhibit). He also reported that favorable articles appeared in the news regarding the Fair and the Bridge exhibit.

In reference to upcoming District meetings, Mr. Mulligan reported that, with the exception of the August 5, 2011 off-site meeting of the Transportation Committee being held in Santa Rosa, all other regularly-scheduled meetings of the Board of Directors, for the month of August, have been cancelled. If there is a need to hold a special meeting of the Board of Directors relative to pending labor negotiations during the month of August, a Notice will be issued.

Discussion ensued, including the following comments:

  • Second Vice President Grosboll commented that he had seen the Bridge exhibit at the Fair and that it was spectacular.
  • Director Boro commented that he had been involved with the Fair for many years and the Bridge exhibit is the most remarkable exhibit the Fair has ever had. He indicated that visitors to the Bridge exhibit read printed materials, noting that printed matter is often bypassed by fair goers. He stated that the District has a strong support group and thanked those who were involved in the Bridge exhibit for their work.
  • Director Elsbernd commented that he was appreciative of the Bridge exhibit’s appeal to people of all ages, and is pleased that some form of the Bridge exhibit will be displayed at other District-represented counties between now and the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
     
ATTORNEY’S REPORT
         
10. Attorney David Miller reported that all items contained in the Attorney’s Report are informational. Attorney Miller also reported that a Closed Session will be held just prior to the conclusion of this meeting to discuss the item listed on the Agenda as Item No. 6.B.1.a., as follows:
         
    "Closed Session
    a. Conference with Labor Negotiator
Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6
Designated Negotiator: Jerrold Schaefer, Esq.
2011 Union Coalition”
         
ENGINEER’S REPORT
     
11.

District Engineer Ewa Bauer reported that all items contained in the written Engineer’s Report are informational.

   
12.

Monthly Update on California Department of Transportation Project – Doyle Drive Reconstruction

Ms. Bauer reported that, on Friday, July 15, 2011, beginning at 8:00 p.m., Doyle Drive will be closed in the northbound direction, from Park Presidio to the Bridge, and will reopen on Saturday morning, July 16, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. On Saturday, July 16, 2011, beginning at 8:00 p.m., Doyle Drive will be closed in the southbound direction, from the Bridge to Park Presidio, and will reopen on Sunday morning, July 17, 2011, at 11:00 a.m.

   
OTHER REPORTS
     
13. There were no “Other Reports.”
     
REPORT OF THE FINANCE-AUDITING COMMITTEE OF JULY 7, 2011
     
14.

Approve the All Electronic Toll Payment Processing Framework in Preparation for Contract Negotiations with the FasTrak® Regional Customer Service Center Vendor

     
  a.

Discussion by the Directors

Discussion ensued, including the following comment and inquiries:

  • Second Vice President Grosboll made the following inquiries:
    • He inquired as to whether the Board would be provided additional details regarding the proposed cash options, such as the names of specific retail locations where payments for Bridge tolls will be accepted. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that additional details, including proposed retail locations, will be provided to the Board sometime in the fall of 2011.
    • He inquired as to whether the procedure to be followed for toll violations will provide leeway initially, commenting that Board members are concerned about when penalties will be assessed. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that specific details remain to be determined. He stated that, once AET is implemented, a period of time will pass during which the motorist would be billed but will not be determined to be in violation. Once that period of time has passed, the violation process would begin.
    • He commented that the Board should be provided a summary of the violation process, once details have been determined.


     
  b.

Action by the Board

Directors PAHRE/SOBEL
Resolution No. 2011-068
approves the all electronic toll payment processing framework in preparation for contract negotiations with the FasTrak® Regional Customer Service Center vendor.

Adopted

   
 

AYES (12): Directors Arnold, Boro, Cochran, Elsbernd, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder and Sobel; Second Vice President Grosboll; Acting and First Vice President Eddie
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Campos, Chu, Mar, Stroeh and Theriault; President Reilly

     
15.

Authorize Execution of a Third Amendment to the Wide Area Network Services Agreement with the County of Marin

Directors PAHRE/RENÉE

Resolution No. 2011-069 authorizes the execution of a Third Amendment to the Wide Area Network Services Agreement with the County of Marin, in the amount of $68,816.00, to provide additional bandwidth and network capabilities, and to cover the additional costs of the remaining two years of a five-year Agreement, the term of which concludes on October 31, 2013; with the understanding that sufficient funds are available in the FY 11/12 District Division Operating Budget and that future years will be budgeted accordingly.

Adopted

AYES (12): Directors Arnold, Boro, Cochran, Elsbernd, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Snyder and Sobel; Second Vice President Grosboll; Acting and First Vice President Eddie
NOES (0): None
ABSENT (5): Directors Brown, Campos, Chu, Mar, Stroeh and Theriault; President Reilly

     
CLOSED SESSION
 
16.

Attorney David Miller, at the request of First Vice President Eddie, stated that the Board of Directors would convene in Closed Session, to discuss the matters listed under Closed Session as outlined above in Item No. 10.

After Closed Session, Acting President Eddie called the meeting to order in Open Session with a quorum present. Attorney Miller reported that the Board of Directors had met in Closed Session, as permitted by the Brown Act, to discuss the matters listed above in Item No. 10. He reported that the Board provided directions to the staff regarding Union Coalition matters, and that this matter will be discussed again at the July 22, 2011 meeting of the Board of Directors.

     
ADDRESSES TO THE BOARD
     
17. There were no “Addresses to the Board.”
     
SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
   
18.
There was no “Special Order of Business” to discuss.
     
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
     
19. There was no “Unfinished Business” to discuss.
     
NEW BUSINESS
     
20. There was no “New Business” to discuss.
     
COMMUNICATIONS
 
21.
A copy of Board Agenda Item No. 13, “Communications,” is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.
 
ADJOURNMENT
     
22.
All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m., in memory of Sylvia Lovato, Bill Noonan, Eric Swenson, Donal Doon Yee, Joan Nisja, Dennis Gleavy and Eugene Bianchi.
     

 

Respectfully submitted,

s/ Janet S. Tarantino
Secretary of the District