NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY (NCRA)

 PASSENGER COMMITTEE MEETING

MINUTES

 

 FEBRUARY 28, 2001 8:30 A.M.

 

EUREKA CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

531 K STREET, EUREKA, HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, USA

 

 

A.                 CALL TO ORDER

            The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

 

B.                 ROLL CALL 

            Directors present:  Dir. Hemphill, Dir. Opalach, and Dir. Schlienger.

            Also present:  Executive Director Max H Bridges; Legal Counsel Christopher J. Neary;  

            Administrative Assistant Pamela Fishtrom; Joel Torres, General Manager of Operations for

            Northwestern Pacific Railroad Co. LLC (NWPY); Angelo Figone of California Redwood

            Coast Company (CRCC); and members of the public and press.

 

C.                 AGENDA APPROVAL

           

            Dir. Schlienger moved approval of the Agenda; seconded by Dir. Opalach.  Vote taken;

            motion approved.

           

D.                PUBLIC COMMENTS

            Don Leonard, Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau, expressed his support.  

            Bill Burton, caboose owner, informed the Committee his caboose is available for service.

            Kaye Strickland, Northwestern Pacific Railroad Support Coalition, expressed her support.

 

E.                 CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

            1.          Northwestern Pacific Railroad Support Coalition Presentation (NWPSC) –

                         Larry Henderson

                         Mr. Henderson said NWPSC acts as liaison to civic organizations in support of the   

                         Railroad with emphasis on local service as soon as possible.      

                        

            2.          Discussion of General Policy Regarding Excursion Passenger Service

                         The Committee agreed selection of passenger operators be subject to a public

                         selection process with a well-defined set of criteria emphasizing strict compliance

                         with Federal Railroad Administration rules and standards. Dir. Opalach will work

                         with staff in developing a governing policy for Committee review before the next

                         regular meeting of the Board.

 

             3.         Review of Status and Disposition of Passenger Equipment

                        

                         Dir. Schlienger moved to recommend to the full NCRA Board that the passenger

                         equipment be sold on an orderly basis with preference to an operator on the

                         NWP; seconded by Dir. Opalach.  Vote taken; motion carried.

 

             4.         Consider Possible Start-up Dates for Excursion Passenger Service

                         With guidance from Mr. Torres, NWPY, Dir. Hemphill set a goal for the                       

                          resumption of excursion passenger service in 2002.

 

                          Several speakers representing Northern Counties Logging Interpretive Association

                          provided suggestions and comments.  Dir. Hemphill assured those speaking that

                          NCRA will remain sensitive to the local goals of each community along the line.

                         

F.                  ADJOURNMENT

            The meeting was adjourned at 9:58 a.m.