NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY (NCRA)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2000 3:00 P.M.

 

CLOVERDALE DEPOT

501 ASTI ROAD, CLOVERDALE, SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, USA

 

A.                 CALL TO ORDER

            Chair Robert Jehn called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

 

B.                 ROLL CALL

            Directors present:  Chair Robert Jehn, First Chair David Ripple, Allan Hemphill, Robert

            Simonson, and Jake Mckenzie.  

            Directors absent:  Max Schlienger and Daniel Opalach. 

            Also present:  General Counsel Christopher J. Neary and Administrative Assistant  

            Pamela Fishtrom by phone:  Bill Whyte, Whytehouse Railways and Mike Strider, HDR

            Engineering.

 

C.                 AGENDA APPROVAL

            Dir. Mackenzie moved to add that the Board expresses great delight in announcing

            congratulations to Dir. Opalach on the birth of his third daughter, Jacqueline Beth.  Chair

            Jehn announced unanimous approval. 

 

D.                PUBLIC COMMENTS

            Mr. Strider inquired of the projected date for issuance of a new Request for Proposal for

            Engineering Services.  Chair Jehn replied that he would have Executive Director Bridges 

            contact him later. 

 

E.        CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

Adopt Resolution Approving State of California Department of Transportation Fund Transfer Agreement (FTA) of General Funds (AB2928) and Authorize

            Signing by Chair or Executive Director       

            In response to Mr. Whyte, Chair Jehn explained the resolution is required by the

            California Transportation Commission to support the FTAs he then listed: $10 million for

            debt reduction;  $100,000 to hire a consultant for environmental issues; $50,000 as

            matching funds;  and, $5.5 million to repay a Federal loan.

           

            General Counsel Neary cautioned the Board over signing the FTAs anticipated for other

            projects because Section 17 purports to require an Environmental Impact Statement

            whether or not it is required under the California Environmental Quality Act, and he

            expressed concern over the section regarding purchase of right of way using bond funds.

            Additionally, he reported an interest-bearing account needs to be set up quickly, and the   

            interest earned is to be returned to the State.

            

            Dir. Mackenzie moved approval to adopt the Resolution; seconded by Dir. Simonson.

            Vote taken; motion passed unanimously.

 

F.         ADJOURNMENT

            The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.