Minutes – 2013

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – Mooresville Town Hall, Mooresville, NC

1 – Attendance: Chuck Travis, Bill Russell, Kirk Ballard, Greg Ferguson, Andrew Grant, Melinda Bales, Erskine Smith, Mac Herring, Woody Washam, Brian Jenest, Bill Thunberg. Guests: Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, Geoff Steele, Susan Irvin, Bill Latta and Mitch Abraham.

2 – Mr. Travis called the meeting to order and welcomed the guests. The item related to Thunderbird Charter School was removed from the agenda and Mr. Travis asked that we discuss Access Management issues at a subsequent meeting.

3 – Meeting Minutes of October 9, 2013: Motion – Commissioner Ferguson; Second – Commissioner Jenest. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Travis recognized Mr. Coxe for a presentation on NC 73 and the Corridor Ride with NCDOT. Mr. Coxe reported that the group rode part of the corridor and noted several intersections where smaller projects could make a big difference in the flow on NC 73. The group intends to get back together after the first of the year and ride the rest of the corridor. A more detailed report is expected to be given to the NC 73 Council of Planning with a goal of proposing projects. Mr. Coxe also presented the most current information on the “Final” STI Criteria and the project submission timeline under the SPOT 3.0 Prioritization scheme. There was quite a bit of discussion around the topic and the need to further understand the specific measures behind many of the criteria and how that might influence the state scores as well as the relative weight of local scoring on the regional and local tiers, etc. In addition, there was considerable discussion around the use of local funds for STIP eligible projects and the need to have local jurisdictions endorse and submit those projects to the CRTPO for endorsement with the SPOT 3.0 submissions. There was quite a bit of concern expressed regarding the lack of detail provided by the SPOT office with this particular requirement as well as concerns about committing future boards for funding projects in out-years.

5 – Mr. Travis asked Mr. Thunberg to report on discussions related to developing a collaborative framework for the NC 150 corridor. Mr. Thunberg and Mr. Russell report on a meeting held with Lincoln County Chamber, the Lake Norman Chamber and the Mooresville Chamber. One of the outcomes of that meeting was a suggestion that the LNTC consider another Transportation Summit. Mr. Travis asked that Mr’s Thunberg, Russell and Ballard meet to put it together. Mr. Thunberg reported on his meeting with folks from Catawba County and their interest – which fit in with the idea of another Summit. The target date for that meeting is January.

6 – Mr. Travis expressed his appreciation for the LNTC and his tenure as Chair as he transitions to Mayor of Cornelius. Mr. Jenest motioned to nominate Mac Herring as Chair which was seconded by Melinda Bales. With no other nominations, Mr. Travis called the vote and it was unanimous. Mr. Herring accepted the gavel and saying we need someone to fill in in official capacity if he is not available asked to have a Vice-Chairman and nominated Melinda Bales for the position. Mr. Jenest seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

7- Mr. Herring asked Mr. Thunberg to report on the Transit Funding Working Group and the Redline Regional Rail Project. Mr. Thunberg noted that the TFWG was working on ways to overcome the funding shortfall for the completion of the CATS system. Mr. Thunberg reported that the Red Line Task Force of the MTC continues to work with Norfolk Southern and NCDOT on access to the “O” line.

8 – With no further business, Mr. Herring asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Mr. Ferguson and seconded by Mr. Smith. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Report to the LNTC – November 2013
Bill Thunberg, Executive Director

Report on NC 73

The NCDOT Congestion Management Branch is scheduled to visit the region Nov. 15 to ride the corridor and identify potential intersection improvements that would improve mobility in the near term. The results will be presented at the next NC 73 Council of Planning meeting.

Hwy 150 Strategic Planning Meeting (Bill Russell)
The Lake Norman Transportation Commission coordinated a meeting with the principle transportation volunteers and key staff members of the Lake Norman, Mooresville-South Iredell and Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chambers of Commerce. Included were Bill Russell (President) and Hilary Broadway (2014 Chairman) of the Lake Norman Chamber; Ken Kindley (President) and Ken Morris (Transportation Chair) of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber; and Don Bartell (Transportation Committee) of the MSI Chamber; and Bill Thunberg Executive Director of the LNTC and a past Chamber Chairman of the Mooresville South Iredell Chamber. Kirk Ballard, president of the MSI Chamber could not attend.

The group met at Jeffrey’s in Mooresville to determine the level of interest in collaborating on the NC Hwy 150 corridor. As discussed in previous LNTC meetings, an Access Management Study and later the NC Hwy 73 Council of Planning were the direct result of the Lake Norman, Cabarrus Regional and Lincolnton-Lincoln County engaging local and state leaders in a regional approach to study transportation planning with land use over multi-jurisdictional boundaries. It was felt by the LNTC, the business communities via the Chambers of Commerce impacted by NC Hwy 150, should be more involved.

Hilary Broadway, incoming LKN Chair suggested another summit in February 2014 as a means of getting everyone engaged – elected officials and business owners/managers primarily – seeing if UNCC will facilitate another presentation on growth. Bill Russell stated the LKN Chamber, prior to the creation of the LNTC, held an annual Planes, Trains, and Automobile Summit and perhaps now that there have been developments at Charlotte Douglas – it would be a great time to host a program inviting local elected leaders, planning staff, and businesses – to examine Charlotte Douglas Operations and the new runway (and needs); the Red Line, and Road/Highway Improvements.
Bill Thunberg was tasked with sending a Memorandum of Understanding to the Lincoln County representatives. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber will begin discussion with their respective planning staffs. Russell and Thunberg will follow up with Danny Hearn, the President of the Catawba County Chamber about their involvement.

I-77 HOT Lanes
The FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) has been issued on the environmental document and NCDOT has been working with the I-77 Tech Team on some operational issues related to the HOV lanes as the project moves forward. The NCDOT website still shows construction starting in Fall 2014 with completion in 2017. I have heard but have not confirmed a 3 month delay in the letting of the contract. There will be an update at the December meeting.

Red Line
Mark Briggs and Katherine Henderson who have been consulting on the project are closing out their contract on Dec. 31. The current plan is to move the project website to CATS and maintain updates as modeling and discussions with Norfolk Southern continue. At some time after the first of the year, I expect clarity on NS issues and on NCDOT funding.

Strategic Transportation Investment
The NCDOT Board adopted final (?) criteria for Prioritization 3.0. We will have a report at the December meeting.

NEXT MEETING: December 11th at the Mooresville Town Hall – 6:30pm – Mitch and daughter Courtney serving!!

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, October 9, 2013 – Cornelius Town Hall, Cornelius, NC

1 – Attendance: Chuck Travis, Bill Russell, Kirk Ballard, Leamon Brice, Charles Guignard, Greg Ferguson, Andrew Grant, Melinda Bales, Erskine Smith, Mac Herring, Bill Thunberg. Guests: Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, David Keilson, and Don Harrow.

2 – Mr. Travis called the meeting to order and welcomed the guests.

3 – Meeting Minutes of September 11, 2013: Motion – Commissioner Guignard; Second – Commissioner Smith. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Travis recognized Mr. Thunberg to report on the NC 73 update. Mr. Thunberg, with Mr. Coxes help, reported that NCDOT Congestion Management’s Mike Reese, Mr. Coxe and Bjorn Hansen scheduled a “ride” of the NC 73 corridor to identify segments and intersections where small projects can be undertaken to improve safety and congestion and which may be funded with local money.
Mr. Travis asked Mr. Thunberg to report on discussions related to developing a collaborative framework for the NC 150 corridor. With the help of Ms. Bales, Mr. Herring and David Keilson with Bjorn Hansen on conference call just prior to the LNTC meeting, a course of action was identified that includes meeting with the Chamber representatives that cover the region to develop some common cause with regard to getting the business community on-board and thus influence the politicians. Mr. Hansen felt that with the knowledge that several projects are imminent in the 150 corridor it would provide some incentive to the political entities to work together on some land use issues that could help the projects advance. In addition, the MPO’s need to be drawn in to the discussion soon.

5 – Mr. Travis recognized Bill Coxe to present on the STI status. Mr. Coxe made a power-point presentation reviewing the current status, the consequences in relation to the MPO’s and individual jurisdictions. Mr. Coxe noted that much remained to be determined with regard to the various criteria and policies related to the implementation of the STI and prioritization process. There was considerable discussion and Mr. Coxe agreed to present on STI at a later date when more has been finalized.

6 – Mr. Travis recognized Mr. Thunberg for the presentation of a proposed resolution in support of the Cornelius Bond Referendum for Roads, Intersection, and Sidewalk Bonds and Parks and Recreation Bonds – which includes greenways. Mr. Thunberg noted with the changes related to funding reported by Mr. Coxe after considers a part of the STI makes it even more important for local jurisdictions to advance local projects as the availability of state funds – particularly bike-ped and greenway projects is going to be a challenge. After considerable discussion, Mr. Guignard made the motion to approve the resolution and Mr. Jenest’s signature as acting chair. Mr. Herring seconded and the motion and it passed unanimously.

7 – With no further business, Mr. Travis asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Guignard made the motion, second by Mr. Smith – the motion carried unanimously.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – Huntersville Town Hall, Huntersville, NC

1 – Attendance: Brian Jenest, Leamon Brice, Charles Guignard, Greg Ferguson, Andrew Grant, Melinda Bales, Erskine Smith, Mac Herring, Bill Thunberg. Guests: Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, Jim Puckett, David Keilson, and Jackson Sveen.

2 – Mr. Jenest called the meeting to order in Mr. Travis’s absence and welcomed the guests.

3 – Meeting Minutes of August 14, 2013: Motion – Commissioner Guignard; Second – Commissioner Brice. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Jenest recognized Mr. Thunberg to report on the NC 73 Council of Planning activity for Bjorn Hansen. Mr. Hansen reported that he contacted NCDOT Congestion Management’s Mike Reese regarding undertaking a phased analysis of the NC 73 corridor to identify segments and intersections where small projects can be undertaken to improve safety and congestion and which may be funded with local money. Mr. Reese agreed to handle the reviews in-house in collaboration with Scott Cole at Division 10 as time permits.
Mr. Jenest asked Mr. Thunberg to present Scott Coles report on the Davidson East project. Mr. Cole reported that the developers consultant had provided him with a draft TIA that indicates the addition of a fully signalized intersection just east of the projected signal at Ramah Church does not adversely affect traffic flow along that segment of NC 73. Mr. Cole had not thoroughly reviewed the report to confirm that conclusion. He also indicated that he asked the consultants to share the report with the affected jurisdictions. Mr. Cole indicated he would bring it before the NC 73 CoP at some point.

Mr. Thunberg also reported on actions related to forming a working group along the NC 150 corridor. Mr. Thunberg communicated with Mike Holder the Division Engineer in Division 12 about the possibility and Mr. Holder thought it was a good idea and assigned David Keilson from his staff as the NCDOT representative. David is to check in the Hickory – Gastonia region and see who, among elected officials, might want to participate. Mac Herring agreed to reach out to some elected officials as well.

5 – Mr. Jenest recognized Bill Coxe to present on the MTP Tier II Ranking for Nick Landa who could not join us. Mr. Coxe made a thorough presentation and answered questions from the group.

6 – Mr. Jenest recognized Mr. Thunberg for his report. Mr. Thunberg noted that Mr. Coxe had updated everyone on the STI, indicated that the I-77 project is still on track for final bids in January with a close in May, and reported the MTC Transit Funding Working Group was made an official subcommittee of the MTC and is moving forward. Modeling is getting underway per NS’s request on the Red Line corridor.

7 – With no further business, Mr. Jenest asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Guignard made the motion, second by Mr. Ferguson – the motion carried unanimously.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – Mooresville Town Hall, Mooresville, NC

1 – Attendance: Brian Jenest, Leamon Brice, Charles Guignard, Greg Ferguson, Andrew Grant, Melinda Bales, Erskine Smith, Mac Herring, Bill Russell, Lynette Rinker, Kirk Ballard and Bill Thunberg. Guests: Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, Nick Landa, Neil Burke, Eddie Dingler, Lisa Qualls, Mitch Abraham, David Kielson, Vince Winegardner, and Jackson Sveen.

2 – Mr. Jenest called the meeting to order in Mr. Travis’s absence and welcomed the guests.

3 – Meeting Minutes of June 12, 2013: Motion – Commissioner Guignard; Second – Commissioner Smith. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Jenest recognized Mr. Brice and Mr. Thunberg to report on the NC 73 action items from the previous meeting. Mr. Brice reported that a meeting had been held in Huntersville with the Davidson East developments representatives, NCDOT and the various jurisdictions. The developer’s desire is for a full access intersection at the existing location that serves the park. Mr. Thunberg presented 2 conceptual alignments for the preferred intersection at NC 73 and Ramah Church that Mr. Guignard had requested and which were presented by Scott Cole and discussed in the developer meeting. The conclusion of the meeting was to grant the developer the opportunity to demonstrate that having 2 signals would improve the flow of traffic on NC 73 and present that to Scott Cole and his team at NCDOT for review. Scott would then review it with the NC 73 Council of Planning.

Mr. Jenest reported on NC 73 Council of Planning meeting that he attended. His conclusion was that there is a lot of pressure along the corridor and the CoP needed a sense of urgency regarding commitments to assure collaboration and maintain mobility in the corridor so it doesn’t end up like US 74 in Union County. Bjorn Hansen agreed to undertake a study and Mr. Thunberg reported that Bjorn had emailed an update that said: “The major update for NC 73 is that we are moving ahead with the intersection study project, and hopefully with model access management language for the corridor members to jointly adopt for their subdivision and development regulations.” It was agreed to continue to follow developments and report at the next meeting. Because of the increasing development pressure and changes to the MPO that impact the renewal of the NC 73 Council of Planning MOU, Mr. Herring made a motion for a resolution, to be drafted by Mr. Thunberg, to the signatories of the NC 73 Council of Planning MOU that supports their efforts at collaboration to protect and enhance the utility of NC 73 for the citizens of the region. Mr. Brice seconded and after brief discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Jenest recognized Mr. Burke to report on NC 150 noting that the LNTC Survey had identified NC 73 and NC 150 as the top priorities of citizens in the region because of their East/West connection across the entire region. Mr. Burke reported on several projects with impact on the 150 corridor. The report was very complete and detailed. There was considerable discussion and Mr. Burke noted NCDOT has a consultant doing a scoping study and there is a planned meeting sometime in October. Mr. Burke agreed to notify the LNTC of the specifics when they are determined. The discussion moved toward the regional impacts along the corridor and what level of collaboration exists with the various jurisdictions. Mr. Smith reported that there were previous discussions but nothing formal before the recession. He also reported that development pressure was building and that most of Mr. Burke’s time is taken up with TIA analysis. It was determined that there was a need for some more formal collaboration regarding mobility in the 150 corridor and that the LNTC and the Chambers would be appropriate facilitators. Mr. Thunberg agreed to contact Mike Holder to see which elected officials in the Lincoln/Catawba areas may be interested. Mr. Herring, Ms. Bales and Mr. Guignard agreed to help with discussions with elected officials and Mr. Russell and Mr. Ballard agreed to work with their Chamber counterparts to facilitate discussions.

5 – Mr. Jenest recognized Nick Landa of the MUMPO staff for a presentation on the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), ranking of projects, the Strategic Mobility Formula and the timeline for implementation as well as the change of the MPO to the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO). After a very thorough, well presented presentation, there was considerable discussion. Mr. Landa’s presentation was well received and the LNTC members expressed their thanks for such a professional and informative presentation.

6 – Mr. Jenest recognized Mr. Thunberg for his report. Mr. Thunberg and Mr. Coxe teamed up to present updated information on the Strategic Mobility Formula. A copy of the NCDOT Board adopted criteria recommended to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee was handed out to the members. There was brief discussion about project categories, ranking and the timeline assuming the JLOC adopts the criteria in early September. Mr. Thunberg reported that the TCC had submitted its final comments on the EA for I‐77 by the deadline ‐ they were essentially the same comments presented previously with a bit more detail and specificity. Mr. Coxe reported on the change in timeline with selection in March and close in May – subject to change. Mr. Thunberg gave a brief report on the MTC Transit Funding Working Group and continuing discussions with Norfolk Southern.

7 – With no further business, Mr. Jenest, thanked everyone and asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Smith made the motion with a second from Mr. Brice. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Minutes
Lake Norman Transportation Commission
Davidson Town Hall
June 12, 2013

I Attendance: Travis, presiding, Brice, Herring, Smith, Bales, Guignard, Grant, Gray
Guests: Jack Simoneau, Bill Coxe, Wayne Herron, Bjorn Hansen, Scott Cole, Neil Burke

II Review of Agenda, Approval of Minutes: No additions to the Agenda were offered; and following correction by Guignard – change the word vote to motion on item 8, the May Minutes were approved as corrected.

III Continuation of NC 73 Corridor Status: Simoneau resumed his analysis of circumstances affecting the Highway 73 corridor, focusing on the Poplar Tent intersection. He pointed out that with current development approvals to be completed by 2015 (mixed use, additional apartment/housing, school, CMS hospital) near this intersection, growing traffic congestion/time delays is assured. He strongly recommended that the Council of Planning regularly inform their elected bodies of any additional proposals for development along this corridor from Lincolnton to Concord. Scott Cole, of NC DOT, said there is no State money planned for the next two years to mitigate problems here, saying four lanes along this highway isn’t realistic. He suggested the Huntersville East model for intergovernmental cooperation should be used for future development considerations.

ACTION: Travis asked all planners to increase vigilance on any future development proposals, and make it a policy to regularly update their elected officials.

IV Shearers Rd/Ramah Rd: Considerable discussion occurred on the desirability of having Ramah and Shearers Roads intersect. Consensus was it was very desirable, but which jurisdiction was responsible for assembling the stakeholders to begin the negotiations between the Davidson East developers, Davidson, Huntersville and NC DOT. Travis pointed out that if the concept of a North/South parkway is to be realized, then this is a critical intersection to that happening. Also, the Davidson East development has already received approval of the Davidson Town Board, and getting them to change their plans for the Shearers Road right of way could be a problem.

ACTION: Brice offered to assemble the stakeholders to discuss this proposed interchange. And, Cole said he would look at maps to determine how much additional land would be needed in order to permit the intersection to be build, and would communicate his findings to Brice.

V Directors Report:
Strategic Mobility Formula of NC DOT: Gray reported this is an issue which is currently being discussed/amended in the Legislature. The framework for this new method of allocating State road revenues is:
*40 per cent of the total spend($1.5 billion in 2013) is to be managed by the NC DOT, and allocated to projects of Statewide significance;
*30 per cent is allocated to the seven DOT regions for secondary roads/ferries; and
*30 per cent is allocated to the 14 divisions for more local projects. Transit projects would be permitted to compete for funding at the division level.

I77 Managed Lanes Project: Coxe reported that environmental document of significant finding is expected to be done by July 1, and following that, there will be two public hearings the week of July 15. Following these procedural steps, the State DOT will intensify negotiations with currently four private consortia (all foreign funds/companies) and the State will select the preferred vendor this fall with an alternate. Thereafter, the negotiations will be between the prime vendor and State, leading to a final contact in 2014.

MTC Transit Funding Work Group/Red Line Regional Rail Project:

*Gray said the net/net of the transit funding group is: more money is needed to build out the Lynx system, if any further projects other than the BLUE line are contemplated.
*Concerning the Red Line negotiations with Norfolk/Southern, matters are at a standstill, as NS insists that a capacity study for all freight trains currently/projected using the NC Railroad Line between Charlotte and Greensboro, be initiated from Charlotte to Greensboro along the O Line corridor, and a definition of costs determined in 2042 dollars.

*NS has stated they do not intend to pay for this yearlong study ($1 million estimate), nor do they intend to pay for the construction of any of the line which might be constructed at that future date. Furthermore, the State of NC has made clear that they will not subsidize any further transit projects, and will decide further the State’s participation in the BLUE line extension, within budgetary constraints.

VI Closed Session: Travis declared a closed session to discuss contract matters.

VII Approval of 201314 Budget: Travis announced that employment agreements have been approved between the LNTC and Thunberg and Gray, and have been included in the proposed budget of $90,000.

ACTION: Motion Guignard, second Grant, the budget was approved.

VIII Adjournment: There being no further business, Travis adjourned the meeting. Respectfully submitted by: Carroll Gray, for Bill Thunberg.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation 
Commission Minutes – Regular Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Cornelius Town Hall, Cornelius, NC

1 – Attendance: Brian Jenest, Leamon Brice, Charles Guignard, Greg Ferguson, Andrew Grant, Chuck Travis, Melinda Bales and Bill Thunberg.

Guests: Geoffe Steele, Bill Coxe, Jack Simoneau, Bjorn Hansen, Scott Cole, Wayne Herron, Don Harrow, Joe Marusak and an unidentified member of the public.

2 – Mr. Travis’s called the meeting to order and welcomed the guests.

3 – Meeting Minutes of April 10, 2013: Motion – Commissioner Guignard; Second – Commissioner Brice. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Travis recognized Mr. Simoneau who introduced Mr. Hansen and Mr. Cole for their presentation on The NC 73 Council of Planning and a status report on land use and transportation planning, development pressure and the politics in the corridor. The presentations prompted quite a bit of discussion and questions for the presenters. Currently, land use plans along the corridor have been adjusted – some adopted and some accepted and congestion along the corridor appears to be limited to specific choke points along the corridor. The current situation is site specific improvements consistent with the supers‐streets concept, and is currentrly development driven. The discussion began to focus on how, if a development initiates an improvement that affects a larger, more complete improvement to the facility impacted, can you get all of the parties in the impact area together and see if there is a means of cooperation that can deliver the complete improvement for the citizens. There was discussion of payment in lieu, etc. With time running short, Mr. Simoneau and his team was asked to come back for the next meeting to focus on the question: “How do you preserve and/or create the facility that is ultimately required?” Mr. Jenest offered a motion for Mr. Thunberg on behalf of the LNTC, engage in discussions with the NC 73 Council of Planning to determine the kinds of improvements that can be obtained along the corridor and how the LNTC can help. Mr. Guignard seconded the motion and with no further discussion the motion was adopted unanimously.

5 ‐ Mr. Travis moved the discussion of the LNTC Transit Survey to a later date and recognized Mr. Coxe for a presentation on the proposed Strategic Mobility Formula for transportation funding in NC. Mr. Coxe pointed out the fluid nature of some aspects of the plan and focused on the intent and the outline of the proposal. There was quite a bit of discussion and Mr. Coxe noted that Mr. Hansen (LNRPO) and Mr. Holder (Division 12) were participating on the Working Group considering the criteria. Mr. Coxe presented 6 recommendations from the Transportation Staff and requested the LNTC weigh in on these recommendations. Mr. Guignard suggested the LNTC do so but to focus on the top 3 priorities. By unanimous consent, the Commission directed Mr. Thunberg to collect the prioritization from each member by May 13 and to distribute a copy of Mr. Coxe’s power‐point to the members.

6 ‐ Mr. Travis recognized Mr. Thunberg for his report. Mr. Thunberg reported that the report requested by the Cornelius Town Board had been completed and submitted with no follow‐up response. Mr. Thunberg also reported that the TCC had adopted a resolution suggesting the MPO adopt the amendments to the LRTP and TIP associated with the proposed P3 Project for I‐77. It was also reported that Mr. Thunberg has been participating on the Transit Funding Working Group and the report of that group is forthcoming. The focus is on funding, financing and building the entire system.

7‐ Mr. Guignard motioned for going in to closed session. Mr. Ferguson seconded. With no discussion, the motion passed unanimously. Mr. Guignard motioned to come out of closed session and Mr. Brice seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

8 ‐ Mr. Travis opened the meeting, Mr. Guignard motioned to approve the contract with Mr. Thunberg and Mr. Brice seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Thunberg was asked to negotiate a stand‐by contract with Mr. Gray to present in closed session at the next meeting.

9 ‐ With no further business, Mr. Travis thanked everyone and asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Guignard made the motion with a second from Mr. Brice. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes – Regular Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Huntersville Town Hall, Huntersville, NC

1 – Attendance: Brian Jenest, Leamon Brice, Erskine Smith, Mac Herring, Charles Guignard, Greg Ferguson, Andrew Grant, Bill Russell, Kirk Ballard and Bill Thunberg.

Guests: Geoffe Steele and one citizen and an unidentified member of the press.

2 – Commissioner Jenest called the meeting to orderin Mr. Travis’s absence.

3 – Meeting Minutes of March 13, 2013: Motion – Commissioner Guignard; Second – Commissioner Ferguson. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – The Chairman recognized Mr. Thunberg who reported to the Commission on the request received from the Cornelius Town Board regarding the widening ofI‐77. Mr. Thunberg reported that the report to the Cornelius Town Board was in the final draft phase. Mayor Rinker wassuccessful in getting NCDOT’s help with the items the LNTC could not handle and they have provided the requested information. The remaining outstanding item is the regulatory process which should be complete shortly. Mr. Thunberg asked for permission to complete the report and submit it to Mayor Rinker for distribution to her board. Once the final report goes to the Cornelius Board it will be shared with everyone. The commission consented to Mr. Thunberg’s request. Mr. Thunberg handed out the updated Roads Survey results. Since re‐opening the survey, the total of respondents increased to 39 from 17. After review, it was noted that the respondents provided some very specific feedback and it was decided to distribute the results to the LNTC planning departments for their use in identifying items that were useful in their jurisdictions. It was noted that the response indicated the need to focus on East‐West connections – particularly NC 73 and NC 150 and improving North‐South mobility. Mr. Jenest requested we focus on the NC 73 corridor as there is evidence ofincreasing development pressure along the corridor. It was noted that a planning working group was in existence for the corridor and that perhaps the LNTC should get an update. There was discussion ofthe political challenges of aligning the plans and actions ofthe various counties along NC 73. Mr. Thunberg was requested to ask Jack Simoneau to come to the next meeting and give the LNTC an update on the corridor and to explore the possibility of asking commissioners from Denver, Lincolnton, Concord and Kannapolis to attend. Mr. Thunberg reported that the public comment period was open on the proposed widening of I‐77 noting that a public meeting was currently underway at the Huntersville Campus of CPCC. The project is proceeding through the required approval process. It was also reported that the Red Line Commuter Rail project is still paused as the negotiations with Norfolk Southern continue and the Transit Finance Work group ofthe MTC completes its work on identifying alternative funding and financing mechanisms.

5 – With no further business, Mr. Jenest thanked everyone and asked for a motion to adjourn so the Commission could proceed to LNTC Education Session. Mr. Herring made the motion with a second from Mr. Guignard. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes – Regular Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville, NC

1 – Attendance: Charles Guignard, Leamon Brice, Erskine Smith, Mac Herring, Melinda Bales, Greg Ferguson, Andrew Grant, Chuck Travis, Bill Russell and Bill Thunberg.

Guests: Bill Coxe, Neil Burke, Elinor Hiltiz, Mitch Abraham, David Ungemah and Joe Marusak.

2 – Chairman Travis called the meeting to order.

3 – Meeting Minutes of February 13, 2013: Motion – Commissioner Guignard; Second – Commissioner Smith. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – The Chairman recognized Mr. Thunberg who reported to the Commission on the request received from the Cornelius Town Board regarding the widening of I‐77. Mr. Thunberg reported that the report to the Cornelius Town Board was in the initial draft phase. Mr. Travis has the initial draft for review. Mayor Rinker has communicated with NCDOT about helping with the items the LNTC could not handle and they agreed to provide the requested information in the requested time frame. The final report to the Cornelius Board will be shared with everyone. Mr. Thunberg handed out the Roads Survey results to date noting that there were only 17 responses. After much discussion, there was consensus to re‐open the survey and send the link to Commission members so they could get more people to take the survey. It was determined that at the close of the Roads Survey, the Transit Survey link would be re‐issued.

5 – With no further business, Mr. Travis thanked everyone and asked for amotion to adjourn so the Commission could proceed to LNTC Education Session. Mr. Brice made the motion with a second from Mr. Smith. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes – Regular Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Cornelius Town Hall

1 – Attendance: Charles Guignard, Carroll Gray, Leamon Brice, Erskine Smith, Mac Herring, Melinda Bales, Miles Atkins, Andrew Grant, Chuck Travis, Kirk Ballard, Bill Russell and Bill Thunberg.

Guests: Bill Coxe, Wayne Herron, Elinor Hiltiz and Joe Marusak.

2 – Chairman Travis called the meeting to order.

3 – Meeting Minutes of December 12, 2012: Motion – Commissioner Herring; Second – Commissioner Smith. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – The Chairman recognized Mr. Thunberg who reported to the Commission on the request received from the Cornelius Town Board regarding the widening ofI‐77. After considerable discussion, it was decided that Mr. Thunberg should respond to the Cornelius Town Board indicating that the LNTC could indeed research the feasibility of executing I‐5405 and the proposed NCDOT I‐77 Project as GP lanes only. Although the LNTC does not have the required resourcesto do cost estimates for the projects without assistance from MUMPO and NCDOT and the associated timelines, it is felt that the LNTC can identify plausible funding options and identify regulatory and legislative actions required. NCDOT and MUMPO assistance would be required to develop operational life expectancies as well.

5 – With no further business, Mr. Travis thanked everyone and asked for a motion to adjourn so the Commission could proceed to LNTC Education Session. Mr. Smith made themotion with a second from Mr. Guignard. The motion carried unanimously.