NORTH COAST RAILROAD AUTHORITY (NCRA)

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Conference Call

MAY 30, 2006 ~ 4:00 PM

Minutes Approved June 14, 2006

 

Call-in Location:  NCRA ~ 419 Talmage Road, Suite M, Ukiah

 

 

A.            CALL TO ORDER

 

                The meeting was called to order at 4:03 p.m.

 

B.            ROLL CALL

 

                Directors Present:  Director Simonson, Director Wagenet, Director Kelley, Director Ollivier, Director Woolley, Chairman Hemphill

                Directors Absent:  Director LaVallee

                Also Present:  Executive Director Mitch Stogner, Legal Counsel Christopher Neary, Dave Anderson, and Recording Secretary Heather Newell

 

C.            AGENDA APPROVAL

 

                The agenda was approved unanimously..

 

D.            MATTERS FROM THE BOARD

 

                There were no matters from the Board.

 

E.             PUBLIC COMMENTS

           

            There were no members of the public present.

 

F.             CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

               

                There were no Conduct of Business Items.

 

G.            CLOSED SESSION

 

The Board convened into Closed Session at 4:05 p.m.

 

Director LaVallee joins call at 4:07 pm.

 

                1.            Conference with Real Estate Negotiators; Government Code 54956.8

                                Property:  NWP line

                                Agency Negotiators:  NCRA Operator Committee comprised of Allan Hemphill, Hal Wagenet, and Robert Simonson

                                Negotiating Parties:  NCRA and respondents to the NCRA Request for Proposals for Operator chosen by the Operator Committee on April 10, 2006 for the “Short List”:  NWP, Inc;  Sierra Railroad Company;  and North Bay & Pacific Railroad                                               Co. Inc.Under Negotiation: Terms of Operating Agreement transferring leasehold in portions of the NWP line to a potential operator, including price, terms.

Director Woolley leaves call at 4:35 p.m.

 

H.           ANNOUNCEMENT OUT OF CLOSED SESSION

 

The Board reconvened into open session at 4:45

 

The Board of Directors directed its staff to commence negotiations with NWP Inc. for a lease and operating agreement of the NWP line for freight service for the Southern Division from Lombard to a point North of Willits, with an option for the Humboldt Bay Division from South Fork to Samoa; an option for the Northern Division; and an option for excursion service.  The vote was 6-0 with Director Woolley absent.

 

                               

I.              ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:47.