NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2000

WILLITS CITY HALL

WILLITS, CALIFORNIA

  1. CALL TO ORDER

    Chair Robert Jehn called the meeting to order at 10:02 a.m.

  2. ROLL CALL

    Directors present: Chair Robert Jehn, David Ripple, Daniel Opalach, Robert E. Simonson, and Max Schlienger. Director absent: Jack McKellar and Allan Hemphill. Also present: Executive Director Max H. Bridges, General Counsel Christopher J. Neary, Property Manager Cyndee Logan, and Russ Mustola, CPA.

  3. AGENDA APPROVAL

    Chair Jehn announced the approval of the Agenda by all Board Members present.

  4. PUBLIC COMMENTS

    Fred Carmichael of Eureka read a letter he sent to the Times-Standard in support of the Railroad.

    Don Edminston, proponent of the Railroad, recommended taking whatever action necessary to secure release of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Enactment Act Funds.

    Chair Jehn announced the Finance Committee, previously known as the Audit Committee, will hold a teleconference meeting January 12, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. from the Cloverdale Depot, 501 Asti Road, Cloverdale, California, 95425.

  5. HISTORY

    Former Director Ruth Rockefeller handed out a packet of documents supporting her speech on the history of the Railroad which spanned from the original ownership, through a procession of owners, to abandonment proceedings, and the subsequent Legislation creating the NCRA in 1989 and forward to the present.

    Former Director Dennis Wood spoke of the past Board’s vision for the Railroad from 1993-1999, discussing the key issues of; shipper’s business goals, relations with other agencies, the odyssey of storms and disasters, and the early vision of the founding Board. His speech was wrapped around the terms; single ownership, single operator, trackage rights, and public/private partnership, in describing the progress made by the Railroad.

    Mr. Bridges presented the Board members with a copy of the goals with the recommendation that the Board may want to consider revisions.

  6. PUBLIC SERVICE

    General Counsel Christopher Neary discussed the responsibilities of NCRA as a public agency in terms of the regulations as specified in the Brown Act of 1994 and NCRA’s adopted Conflict of Interest Code.

  7. FINANCIAL

    Russ Mustola, Consulting Accountant, described the financial state of the Railroad including the operational years, the accounting project in which he re-assembled the previous two years of transactions and implemented a new computer accounting software system, his involvement in several projects as liaison with other agencies, and the status of several on-going single-year audits. He will provide financial statements at the conclusion of the audits.

  8. ENVIRONMENTAL

    Glen Babcock, Rail-Ways, Inc. Environmental Officer, presented the Board with a packet of documents which make up a portion of the training program performed when teaching the employees of the NWP proper handling of hazardous materials. He discussed the nature of the environmental program and the status of the compliance with the Consent Decree.

  9. UPGRADE

Robert Jehn, NCRA Chair, presented a slide production (see attached) during his discussion of NCRA’s efforts to secure additional funding through the government.

O. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 12:50 p.m.