NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY (NCRA)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGULAR MEETING

Wednesday, January 11, 10:00 am

Eureka City Council Chambers ~ 531 “K” Street, Room 208

Humboldt County

DRAFT AGENDA

AGENDA NOTE

All items appearing on the agenda are subject to action by the Board of Directors. Staff recommendations are subject to action by the Board of Directors. Staff recommendations are subject to change by the Board.

 

A.         CALL TO ORDER

 

B.        ROLL CALL

 

C.            AGENDA APPROVAL

 

D.            MATTERS FROM THE BOARD

 

E.            CONSENT CALENDAR

 

            1.                Approval of Financial Statements – November 2005

                2.                Approval of Minutes – December 2005

                3.                Renewal of Contract with CF Solutions for Consulting Services needed to secure TCRP Funding

           

F.            PUBLIC COMMENT

            Comments will be limited to three minutes per person and not more than ten minutes per subject, so that everyone can                          be heard.  “Public comment” time is limited to matters under the jurisdiction of the Authority that may not have been                          considered by the Authority previously and are not on the agenda.  No action will be taken.  Members of the public may                 also comment during specific agenda items when recognized by the Chair.

 

G.            PRESENTATIONS

 

H.            CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

 

                1.                Consideration and Approval of Issuance of Request For Proposals for an Operator of Rail Freight                                   and Excursion Service on the North Western Pacific Rail Line.

                2.                 Request for Disaster Assistance funding in State Declared Counties.              

                3.                Lease of Maintenance Equipment to Skunk Train.      

 

I.            COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

J.         STAFF REPORTS

 

1.                   Executive Director Mitch Stogner

               

                a)  2006 Progress Report

               

2.                Legal Counsel Chris Neary

 

 

 

K.            CLOSED SESSION

  

                1.          Conference with Real Property Negotiators

                                Agency Negotiators:  Rob Kranz (who will not be present), Mitch Stogner, Christopher Neary;

                                Government Code Section 54956.8 (1 case)

 

                                        Under Negotiation:  (1) Assignment of an existing industrial at-grade crossing from Louisiana                                      Pacific to Tyris Corporation; its contractor and Shamrock Materials; (2) Possible resumption of                                       negotiations for three permanent crossing agreements between MP 83.48 and 83.75 near                                                        Cloverdale, California; (i) an at -grade crossing for vehicular traffic; (ii) a public under-                                                    crossing; and (iii) utility crossings for water, sewer and electrical lines.

 

                                       Negotiating Parties:  Tyris Corporation and NCRA.

 

                2.          Conference with Legal Counsel---Existing Litigation

                             Government Code Section 54956.9 (a) (4 cases)

 

                                a). Michael Meyers vs. NCRA, pending before the Surface Transportation Board, Financial                                   Docket # 34337; and related case:  Meyers vs. Surface Transportation Board, U.S. Court                                                                 of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case # 05-75440;

 

                                b).  NCRA vs U. S. Coast Guard, US District Court, Northern District Case # 05-2739;

 

                                c) NCRA vs. Jerico Products, Sonoma County Superior Court Case # SCV235961; and related                                    case:  Jerico Products vs. SMART, US District Court Case # 05-00210;

 

                              d) Hight vs. NCRA, Mendocino Superior Court Case # CV 80240

 

                3.           Conference with Legal Counsel-Anticipated Litigation:

                                (1) Significant Exposure to litigation

                                       Government Code Section 54956.9(b) (3 cases)

 

                                        (2) Significant Exposure to litigation

                                Government Code Section 54956.9(c)

                                Initiation of Litigation (Two potential cases)

                       

L.             ANNOUNCEMENT OUT OF CLOSED SESSION

 

M.               ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEXT MEETING

           

            February 8, 2006

                Ukiah City Council Chambers

                Mendocino County

           

N.                ADJOURNMENT

                                               

AGENDA NOTE

All items appearing on the agenda are subject to action by the Board of Directors. Staff recommendations are subject to action by the Board of Directors. Staff recommendations are subject to change by the Board.

 

AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) REQUESTS

To request disability-related modifications or accommodations for accessible locations or meeting materials in alternative formats (as allowed under Section 12132 of the ADA) please contact the NCRA office at 707 463-3280, at least 72 hours before the meeting.

 

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA

The Brown Act, Section 54954.2, states that the Board may take action on off-agenda items when: a) a majority vote determines that an “emergency situation” exists as defined in Section 54956.5, or b) a two-thirds vote of the body, or a unanimous vote of those present, determines that there is a need to take immediate action and the need for action arose after the agenda was legally posted, or c) the item was continued from a prior, legally posted meeting not more than five calendar days before this meeting.

 

CLOSED SESSION

If agendized, NCRA may adjourn to a closed session to consider litigation or personnel matters. Discussion of litigation or pending litigation may be held in closed session by authority of Government Code Section 54956.9; discussion of personnel matters by authority of Government Code Section 54957; to confer with their negotiator regarding real property by authority of Government Code Section 54956.8.