MINUTES: January 8,
January 8, 2015 Meeting
Call to Order:
Sam Teel called the meeting to order at 8:29 am, Redwood Room, Portola
Hotel and Spa
Rick Heuer, Gary Cursio, Henry Ruhnke, Tom Rowley, Janine Chicourrat, Rod
Schinnerer, John Narigi, Sam Teel, Barbara Meister, Todd Muck, Rene
Boskoff, Carol, Chorbajian, Bonnie Adams, Jason Retterer, Tom Greer,
Hunter Harvath, Deidre Whalen
Minutes of the
December, 2014 meeting were approved.
Executive Committee Referral/ Member Issues/ADDITIONS:
Rene Boskoff and Janine
Chicourrat reported on upcoming ARC and Community meetings regarding the
Conference Center renovation. The ARC meeting is tentatively set for
January 21. The Community meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 22.
Rowley noted a conflict with NIP meetings on January 22.
Ellis will notify the
GAC of the meeting dates.
Special Presentations/Roundtable/Action Items:
Murdoch, Public Works Director for Monterey County made a presentation
regarding the County’s deferred road maintenance issues:
Works agencies typically uses a standardized “paving index” scale to rate
the condition of their roads.
of 70 +/- is considered to be acceptable. Monterey County’s rating is
County spends about $4 million on road maintenance projects; about half of
that is paid for by TOT. 21% of the TOT went to road maintenance this
year. That percentage will increase to 25% in the next 2-3 years.
seal: $35,000 per lane per mile
$250,000 per lane per mile
Reconstruction: $1,000,000 per lane per mile
County is considering placing a “Transportation Sales Tax” on the 2016
Ballot to provide a larger funding source for road maintenance and
asked about other possible funding sources. Murdoch said it is a matter of
the board making choices in the use of their discretionary funds.
asked about participation from the ag/business sector. Murdoch said he
made presentations to the Farm Bureau and Grower Shipper organizations.
They agree there is a problem but did not commit to funding or support for
a tax measure.
Chorbajian discussed how Monterey’s Measure P four year life and that how
the money is actually used will determine future support for renewal.
expressed general support for “maintenance of effort” concepts and the
significance of oversight committees.
this issue is being discussed at the TAMC Board January 28.
Executive Committee Referral:
Time Noise Ordinance:
Ellis reported that the County had passed the Night Time Noise Ordinance.
The ordinance established noise limits for activities between 10:00 pm and
Goals and Structure:
Teel said he would like to see individual members to take “ownership” of
issues as they arise. This would make for a “go to person(s)” on those
issues. Teel also wants to consider allocation of additional MCHA funds to
promote MCHA, including use of television.
Authorization for MCHA Chair/GAC Chair(s) to Act on Items needing
Cursio discussed the need to have authorization to act (letters, meetings,
appearances, etc.) on issues when action is needed before the next GAC
and/or Board meetings would occur. Harvath indicated his support. Boskoff
and Heuer said they supported the authorization provided the action was
consistent with MCHA policies and positions. It was moved by Heuer,
seconded by Harvath and unanimously passed (Whalen abstained) to authorize
the MCHA and GAC Chair(s) to act on items needing immediate attention
provided the action is consistent with MCHA policies and positions.
Task Force Updates:
Peninsula Businesses/Regional Water Project:
Coalition representatives met with MPWMD staff and attended the MPWMD
Board meeting on the outdoor seating issues. The Board directed staff to
work on an ordinance that would allow for 50% of the approved indoor
seating to be added for outdoor seating without requiring approval from
the District. MCHA and the Coalition will continue to work on the issue.
and MPWMD have met twice with SWRCB representatives to discuss the CDO and
rationing seeking some relief from the CDO requirements in light of the
water project delays. The proposals have been “kicked back” at this time
but discussions will continue.
proceeding on the test wells at the CEMEX site. CAW is working on the
wells 24/7. The MCWD/Ag Land Trust suits have been moved to Santa Cruz
County. Hearings on the TRO are pending. Whalen said CAW had received
their discharge permits for the test wells from SWRCB and federal
public private partnership agreements are being negotiated and will be
reported to the TAMC Board in January.
Board will hold a public workshop on the agreements and toll road concept
No new information.
Charles was unable to
attend the January meeting. Harvath noted that Senator Monning was now the
Senate majority leader.
Economic Agenda for
Meister said there was
nothing new to report due to inactivity over the holidays. Ruhnke
commented on the high level of activity in the downtown area.
Heuer and Chorbajian
reported the City will be starting the process to officially establish the
Measure P Oversight Committee and the potential role of the Committee. The
goal is for the Committee to be proactive instead of reactive and to
invite a higher degree of public involvement.
Greer announced that
runway safety project is proceeding. In March most of the turbo prop
flights will be replaced with jets. The result will be fewer flights but
more overall seats.
ADJOURNED at 9:46 am to
February 5, 2015. Ellis noted the February meeting will be held at Spanish
Prepared by Dale Ellis,
Government Affairs Director