NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY (NCRA) BOARD OF DIRECTORS

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2001 AT 10:00 A.M.

 

EUREKA CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

531 K STREET, EUREKA, HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, USA 

 

A.        CALL TO ORDER

 

B.        ROLL CALL

 

C.        MINUTES

 

            Approve Minutes of October 17, 2001 Regular Board Meeting

 

D.        AGENDA APPROVAL

 

E.         PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

            Members of the public will be given three minutes to address issues or topics not listed on this

            Agenda.  Pursuant to the Brown Act, the Board can not take action on an item that does not

            appear on the Agenda.

 

F.        CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

 

            1.      Staff Report on Alternate Project and Action on Resolution 2001-05 Establishing Policy

 

            2.      Present Proposal Regarding Grant to Rebuild Historic Eureka Depot by

                     Marcus Brown, President of Northern Counties Logging Interpretive Association

 

            3.      Friends of the Annie and Mary Rail-Trails Presentation by Jennifer Rice, Projects

                     Coordinator for Natural Resources Services Division of the Redwood Community 

                     Action Agency

 

                4.      Caltrans Audit Summary Report

 

            5.      Response to Single Year Audit for Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2000

 

            6.      Proposed New NCRA Logo

 

            7.      Discuss Interim and Long-Term Accounting Functions

 

            8.      Discuss Public Relations

 

            9.      Approve Fee Waiver for State Transportation Infrastructure Program Funded Rail

                     Projects

 

10.          Consider Strategy Regarding Car Hire Obligation

 

           11.     Clarify Property Manager Contract

 

G.        LIAISON REPORTS

 

1.            Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority (NWPRA) – Mr. Bridges

 

2.            Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Commission (SMART) – Mr. Bridges

 

3.            Legislation – Mr. Bridges

 

            4.      Web Site – Robert Jehn, Webmaster

 

            5.      Cities – Dir. Mackenzie

 

            6.      Mendocino Council of Governments Technical Advisory Committee – Ms. Logan

 

H.        COMMITTEE REPORTS

           

            1.      Passenger – Dir. Hemphill, Dir. Opalach, and Dir. Schlienger    

 

            2.      Permanent Operator – Chair Ripple, Dir. Hemphill, and Dir. Sears

 

            3.      NWP Governance – Chair Ripple, Dir. Hemphill, and Dir. Sears

 

I.         STAFF REPORTS

 

            1.      Executive Director Max H Bridges

 

            2.      Assistant Executive Director Douglas Christy

 

            3.      General Counsel Christopher J Neary

 

                     a.      Revised Independent Contractor Policy

 

                     b.      Mass Electric Claim

 

                     c.      Opinion on use of TCRP and ISTEA funds

 

            4.      Property Manager Cyndee Logan

 

J.         MATTERS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

 

K.        ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEXT MEETING

 

            Regular Board Meeting – December 19, 2001 10:00 a.m.

            Healdsburg City Council Chambers, 401 Grove Street, Healdsburg, Sonoma County, CA 

 

L.        CLOSED SESSION

 

            1.      Conference with Legal Counsel Neary – Anticipated Litigation

                     Government Code § 54956.9(b)

                     Significant Exposure to Litigation – One Case

 

            2.      Conference with Legal Counsel Neary – Existing Litigation

                     Government Code § 54956.9(a)

 

                     a. Rail-Ways, Inc. v. Benson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Cal., Adv. Proc. No. 01-1101       

                         Lawsuit to avoid preference with respect to a disputed fund held by NCRA in which

                         NCRA makes no claim.

 

                     b. Mass Electric v. Rail-Ways, Inc., et al.,

                         Mendocino County Superior Court, Case No. 85230

 

                     c. NWPRA/NCRA v. Lind Marine,

                         Sonoma County Superior Court, Case No. 225080

 

M.         ANNOUNCEMENT OF ACTION TAKEN IN CLOSED SESSION

 

N.         ADJOURNMENT