NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY (NCRA)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGULAR MEETING

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 ~ 10:00 a.m.

Willits City Council Chambers

111 East Commercial Street, Willits

Mendocino 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 Minutes – January 2007

             2.        Approval of Financial Statements - January 2007

             3.        Approval of Warrants Issued – January 2007

             4.        Approval of Executive Directors Expenses – January 2007

             5.        Approval of Sonoma County Accounting Fees for Fiscal Year 07-08

 

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.        CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

 

1.    Action to Approve Preparation of a Notice of Preparation of Environmental Impact Report on Reopening Russian River Division of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad.

 

H.        STAFF REPORTS

           

1.         Executive Director – Mitch Stogner

 

                        A. 32.4 – Emergency Funding for Fields Landing

                        B. 32.9 – Crossing Signals from Lombard to Ignacio

           

 

Executive Director

Staff Report (cont.)

 

 

                        C. Categorical Exemption for Repairs on the Russian River Division

                        D.  Reintroduction of SB 792 (Chesbro)

                       

            2.         Engineer’s Report – Dave Anderson - NCRA Project Manager

           

            3.            Operator’s Report - John Williams – NWP Co.

 

            4.         Legal Counsel - Chris Neary

 

            A.  Report on Surface Transportation Board (STB) Determination

            B.  Notice from US Coast Guard

 

I.          CLOSED SESSION

 

            1.         CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – Existing Litigation           

                        (One Case) Gov Code Section 54956.9 (a)

                        NWPY vs. NCRA

 

  2.          CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL-Initiation of litigation

                Government Code Section 54956.9 (c) one case

                Announcement of the litigation would jeopardize NCRA’s

                Ability to conclude existing settlement negotiations to its advantage.

 

            3.           CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL-Initiation of Litigation

                         Government Code Section 54956.9 (c)

                                 Litigation to be discussed:  Enforcement of Billboard Removal on NCRA  property.

  

 

J.         ANNOUNCEMENT OUT OF CLOSED SESSION

 

K.         ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEXT MEETING

           

            March 14, 2007- 11:00 a.m.

                Healdsburg City Council Chambers

                401 Grove Street

                Mendocino County

 

L.         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.