NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY (NCRA)

 PASSENGER COMMITTEE MEETING

MINUTES

 

MAY 2, 2000 11:00 A.M.

 

501 ASTI ROAD

CLOVERDALE DEPOT

CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA

 

 

 

 

A.                 CALL TO ORDER

            The meeting was called to order at 11:02 a.m.

 

B.                 ROLL CALL 

            Directors present:  Chair Robert Jehn, David Ripple, and Max Schlienger.

            Also present:  Executive Director Max H Bridges, Carl Myers and Angelo Figone of

            California Redwood Coast Company, and John Diamante of the NWP Information Project.

 

C.                 AGENDA APPROVAL

            The Agenda was approved as written; however, it was noted that Marcus Brown from the

            Northern Counties Logging Interpretive Association representing the Humboldt Bay

            Scenic Railroad requested that Item E.1 be postponed to a future meeting.

           

D.                PUBLIC COMMENTS

            None.

 

E.                 CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

            1.          Proposal for the Humboldt Bay Scenic Railroad

                         Item was continued to a future meeting.

            2.          Discussion of Passenger / Excursion Service with Contractor,

                         California Redwood Coast Company (CRCC)

            Mr. Myers and Mr. Figone discussed in great detail their letter to Mr. Bridges dated

            February 29, 2000.  Specific items for further action were as follows:

 

            CRCC provided clarification of the accounting that will be provided for passenger

            operations. It was agreed that full understanding will not be possible until service actually

            takes place and the procedures can be tested.

 

            Mr. Bridges will look into the need to continue to provide Workers Compensation

            insurance while not operating and while having no employees.

 

           CRCC will identify all past obligations on the part of NCRA and provide them to Mr.

           Bridges for transmittal to the NCRA Board for concurrence.

 

           CRCC and Mr. Bridges will identify items in the current agreement that can no longer be

           provided by NCRA and recommend an appropriate revision to the agreement to address

           these issues including the possibility of leasing the NCRA owned equipment to CRCC.

 

           CRCC will provide Mr. Bridges with current information relative to transfer of

           responsibility for the Trione car to CRCC including acceptance of that approach by Mr.

           Trione.

 

           Mr. Bridges to discuss with General Counsel Neary the ability to pay the Myers note out of

           receipts from the anticipated PacBell fiber optic easement due to past intent to re-pay from

           utility receipts.

 

           Discussed need to provide better security for stored passenger cars owned by NCRA. It was

           suggested that they be leased to CRCC making storage, security, damage repair, etc. a

           CRCC responsibility.

 

           Discussed the status of the Meecham consist and the lack of response from Mr. Meecham

           when contacted by CRCC.  Mr. Bridges is to look into this issue and get advice from

           General Counsel Neary on NCRA’s position with respect to the Meecham purchase.

 

F.                  ADJOURNMENT

            The meeting was adjourned at 12:08 p.m.