Minutes – 2014

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – Cornelius Town Hall, Cornelius, NC

1 – Attendance: Greg Ferguson, Melinda Bales, Mac Herring, Erskine Smith, Andrew Grant and Woody Washam. Guests: Wayne Herron, Rob Kidwell and Kelsie Anderson.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of October 8, 2014: Motion – Commissioner Washam; Second – Commissioner Smith. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Herring initiated a review of the responses to the summit survey. After a review of the results and a detailed discussion of the results, the focus turned to a discussion of the actions the LNTC might take in response to the information from the survey and forming an action plan for the LNTC based upon that information. It was clear from the responses that there was a strong desire to continue to work together as a region while respecting identities…and there was a strong desire to act on priorities rather than wait for NCDOT act…with a need to continue to focus on the NC 73 and NC 150 corridors. A potential action plan emerged that started with engaging elected officials along each corridor using a review of STI projects as the basis of that discussion and extending the discussion to more local concerns and corollary actions that might be taken by the jurisdictions. In addition, the need for public education and the engagement of the business community was seen to be critical…along with engaging the NC Council of Planning. Woody and Melinda agreed to help with the NC 73 Council of Planning initiative.

5 – Mr. Herring recognized Mr. Thunberg for the discussion on LNTC MOU extension and reported that Mooresville had voted to extend the current MOU for another 5 year term. Mr. Thunberg reported that the MOU renewal “popped-up” as a result of a review by the Huntersville attorney that indicated the term expired in November and needed to be acted upon soon. Huntersville extended until fiscal year end and Cornelius and Davidson were slated to do the same. It was decided that after the first of the year, an amendment to change the MOU term to be 5 fiscal years should be considered. There was discussion about the LNTC, what it does and what it doesn’t do…some of the benefits mentioned were:

  • Advocating for transportation solutions for the region.
  • Presenting education forums and summits that otherwise would not happen.
  • Providing a stronger voice – building bridges – working together regionally and gaining the respect of the NCDOT and the legislature.
  • Interacts with other transportation groups adding a voice for the region.
  • Maintains a strong link to land use.

6 – Mr. Herring called on Mr. Thunberg to report on the NC 150 Collaboration Memorandum of Agreement. Mr. Thunberg laid out the meetings and participants involved in the formation of the collaboration in the NC 150 Corridor and reported that Jacky Eubanks, Planning Director for Catawba County had reviewed the Memorandum of Agreement and reported at the summit that he was ready to proceed with the process of getting the MA adopted by the relevant parties. There was quite a bit of discussion about who should participate with a suggestion that the relevant Economic Development groups be included. Mr. Thunberg that the strategy moving forward was to first adopt the MA at the LNTC and then meet with the respective MPO directors and see if we could advance at the MPO level and the Chamber/EDC level before going to the relevant elected bodies for their adoption. Mr. Ferguson motioned to adopt the MA as presented. Mr. Herring seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

7 – Under other business, there was discussion about the December LNTC meeting. Mr. Smith made a motion to cancel the meeting. Mr. Herring seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Mr. Thunberg gave a brief update on the bonus allocation and DA funding discussions and the I-77 Express Lanes project. Mr. Herring mentioned the NC 150 multi-use path request from NCDOT to the local jurisdictions…it was decide to consider a resolution of support at the January LNTC meeting after an update from the jurisdictions.

8 – Mr. Herring asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Ms. Bales and seconded by Mr. Washam. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – Huntersville Town Hall, Huntersville, NC

1 – Attendance: Greg Ferguson, Melinda Bales, Mac Herring, Erskine Smith, Bill Russell, Andrew Grant, Brian Jenest, Woody Washam and Leamon Brice. Guests: Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe and Kelsie Anderson. Press: Dave Viser, Cornelius Today.

2 – Ms. Bales called the meeting to order and welcomed the guests.

3 – Meeting Minutes of August 13, 2014: Motion – Commissioner Washam; Second – Commissioner Ferguson. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Herring, Ms. Bales and Mr. Thunberg initiated a discussion about the recent summit. Overall the group was pleased with the turnout. It was double the previous summits participation and the feeling was that Mr. Washam’s idea about having a keynote speaker and the efforts of Ms. Bales and Mr. Herring to get Lincoln and Catawba Counties to participate were the drivers of the improved turnout. While it was felt that the overall message about growth and the funding challenges was clear, there was discussion that a more substantial link to the Economic Development Agencies would have been desirable and could be an area of improvement. It was noted that the participants were impressed by Jeff Michael’s presentation and the panel discussion in particular. Concern was expressed that Mr. Tata strayed from the discussion of NC 73 and NC 150 and that perhaps there was not enough time to really focus on those corridors.

5 – Mr. Herring recognized Mr. Thunberg for the discussion on the follow-up survey for participants. It was agreed that the survey should be short and focused and after much discussion, it was decided that the questions should focus on the value of the summit, ideas for how local jurisdictions should be involved in funding, planning, land use, etc. In addition, as there was not a lot of time to spend on the 73 and 150 corridors at the summit…is there a desire to have more focused local meetings on the corridors? It was agreed to get the survey out asap and we would discuss results at our next meeting.

6 – Mr. Herring called on Mr. Thunberg to discuss the NC 150 Memorandum of Agreement. Mr. Thunberg explained that the Catawba County Planning Staff had agreed to the wording of the agreement so the LNTC is ready to move forward as the facilitator. In the discussion, Mr. Thunberg was asked to get the MPO’s on board so there was no misunderstanding as to the purpose of the collaboration.

7 – Under other business, Mr. Herring as Mr. Thunberg to discuss the proposed resolution in support of the Metropolitan Transit Commission’s state legislative advocacy agenda. Each of the items was discussed and Mr. Jenest motioned to pass the resolution, Mr. Herring seconded and the motion passed unanimously. (Ms. Bales was not present for this item and therefore did not vote.)

8 – Mr. Herring asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Mr. Washam and seconded by Mr. Ferguson. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Davidson Town Hall, Davidson, NC

1 – Attendance: Greg Ferguson, Melinda Bales, Mac Herring, Erskine Smith, Bill Russell, Leamon Brice, Woody Washam, Andrew Grant, Brian Jenest, and Lisa Qualls. Guests: Lisa Qualls, Don Harrow, Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, and Kelsie Anderson. Press: Dave Viser, Cornelius Today.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of June 11, 2014: Motion – Commissioner Washam; Second – Commissioner Ferguson. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Herring, Ms. Bales and Mr. Thunberg provided an update on the summit. The summit is a collaboration of the chambers and the EDC’s in the region. Rep. Bill Brawley is a panelist. The group was asked to recommend other potential panelists. The governor declined the invitation to speak. The invitation has been extended to the Secretary of Transportation. All the other arrangements are on track.

5 – Mr. Herring recognized Brian Jenest and Leamon Brice for local Davidson projects. Most of the Davidson projects were to reduce local congestion and improve mobility parallel to the NS corridor. Kelsie Anderson discussed Mooresville projects and presented a brief powerpoint.

6 – Mr. Herring called called on Brian Jenest for a brief discussion of the I-77 HOT Project conceptual designs. Mr. Jenest presented a resolution in support of NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners analysis of adding an additional access point between Westmoreland and Catawba on the southbound side of the corridor. Mr. Jenest motioned to approve the resolution and Mr. Brice seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

7 – Mr. Herring recognized Bill Russell to discuss the DDI conversion and the difficulties being encountered with the conversion. Bill noted that he and Andrew had visited merchants and that there are actions being taken to help alleviate the disruption and speed up the completion. Bill asked everyone to make a point of visiting businesses in the area to help support them during this difficult period.

8 – Mr. Herring called on Mr. Thunberg for the Directors Report. Mr. Thunberg reported that the NC 150 collaboration was at a crucial juncture with a draft Memorandum of Agreement being circulated to the parties involved. Mr. Thunberg noted that the Red Line would likely require an alternative alignment review based upon NS’s decision to withhold access to the “O” line. Work is underway at the Transit Funding Working Group to find alternative methods of funding the all transit corridors.

9 – Mr. Herring asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Mrs. Bales and seconded by Mr. Washam. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – Cornelius Town Hall, Cornelius, NC

1 – Attendance: Greg Ferguson, Melinda Bales, Mac Herring, Erskine Smith, Bill Russell, Leamon Brice, Kirk Ballard, Woody Washam, Angrew Grant, and Thurmond Ross. Guests: Vi Lyles, Don Harrow, Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, Kelsie Anderson and Neil Burke. Press: Dave Viser, Cornelius Today.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of April 9, 2014: Motion – Commissioner Bales; Second – Commissioner Brice. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Herring recognized Mr. Burke for his presentation on the CRTPO local points allocation. There was some discussion of the project rankings and the differences in the tiers with the focus on Region and Division tiers. Neil presented the proposed local CRTPO points allocation noting there are a few projects that additional information is need on before finalizing, after discussions with the Division staff’s and review by the TCC, etc. The proposed timeline has approval September by the CRTPO after public involvement, etc.

5 – Mr. Herring recognized Woody Washam and Andrew Grant to present information on local projects in Cornelius. The biggest of those projects is the DDI at Catawba Avenue and I-77 which is scheduled for completion in November.

6 – Mr. Herring called on Melinda Bales and Bill Coxe to present information on local projects in Huntersville. Of several projects mentioned, the Torrence Creek Tributary Greenway Trail which is to open on September 9 after 16 years and the approval for a superstreet design at Gilead Road/Statesville Road were the most discussed.

7 – Mr. Herring recognized Bill Coxe for a presentation on the Toll Road Bonus Allocation from the STI legislation related to the I-77 HOT project. It was noted that the TCC has formed a working group to create and adopt general principles governing the handling of the funds per the STI legislation, agreeing upon interpretation of the statute, creating a methodology for project selection based on that and prioritization of selected projects. There was considerable discussion on the topic, most of the concerns relating to the types of projects that can be funded, etc. As the TCC has made no recommendation to the CRTPO and none has been adopted most of the questions will be addressed specifically after the working group work product has been delivered.

8 – Mr. Herring brought forth a resolution requesting the NCDOT consider raising the height of the NC 150 bridge when designing the project. Mr. Ferguson made a motion to adopt and Mr. Brice seconded the motion. After brief discussion, the resolution was adopted unanimously.

9 – Mr. Herring called on Mr. Thunberg for the Directors Report. Mr. Thunberg report that the NC 150 Collaboration was making good progress and it appeared that an agreement might be reached in the near future. NCDOT’s Congestion Management Division is interested in cooperating and developing a corridor analysis similar the one produced for the NC 73 corridor. There was some discussion about the summit and a request to the commission to come up with some CEO names who might make good panel participants. Mr. Thunberg gave updates on the Red Line and the position of NS on use of the corridor and on the work of the Transit Funding Working Group which is continuing to develop alternative funding methods.

10 – Mr. Herring asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Mrs. Bales and seconded by Mr. Washam. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – Mooresville Town Hall, Mooresville, NC

1 – Attendance: Leamon Brice, Andrew Grant, Melinda Bales, Ryan Rase, Mac Herring, Woody Washam, Bill Russell, Kirk Ballard, Greg Ferguson, Brian Jenest and Bill Thunberg. Guests: Lisa Qualls, Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, Mitch Abraham and Neil Burke. Press: Dave Viser, Cornelius Today.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of March 12, 2014: Motion – Commissioner Brice; Second – Commissioner Washam. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Herring recognized Mr. Thunberg, Ms. Bales and Mr. Russell for an update on the Regional Transportation Summit. It was reported that the format changed as a result of the discussion at the last LNTC meeting. Following a meeting with the Chambers, a request was sent to Governor Mc Crory’s office asking him to give the keynote at the summit. The governor’s office responded that they would consider the request and that we should refrain from using his name until they could confirm his appearance at the summit. Following the presentation on growth, it was determined that a panel discussion on “Facts and Myths: Transportation Funding in the 21st. Century: Having the Conversation.” The LNTC was asked to consider names of possible panel participants. The concept was to have Sec. Tata or Board Chairman Curran, facilitated by Jeff Michael with participation of CEO level panelists to discuss the critical nature of transportation infrastructure to commerce, etc. Several names were put forth…Mr. Thunberg agreed to contact Tracy Jackson, Lincoln County Manager to get ideas for panelists from that area.

5 – Mr. Herring recognized Neil Burke from CRTPO for a presentation on the SPOT 3.0 process in the context of the STI and MTP processes. (Up to date information and Mr. Burke’s presentation are available HERE.) Mr. Burke explained the process for creation of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and its adoption by the CRTPO – including the Conformity Determination, fiscal constraint and how it all fits within the new STI, SPOT 3.0 and the preparation of the new State Transportation Improvement Plan. The scoring of the legacy projects in the database was presented and discussed with Mr. Burke stressing they are draft scores and that everyone is in the early stages of the process. The timeline for SPOT 3.0 was presented with the important upcoming dates: 04/30/2014 – Deadline for approval of MPO/RPO Local Input Methodology 05/2014 – NCDOT plans to release all project scores 08/29/2014 – Deadline to assign Local Input Points.

6 – Mr. Herring called on Mr. Thunberg for the Director’s Report. Mr. Thunberg reported the Red Line is still on pause while negotiations continue with Norfolk Southern. NS’s position remains that the “O” line is an asset they own that can serve as a back-up to the Main Line should there be problems with the main line or a need for additional capacity. CATS, NCDOT and the LNTC continue to work on modeling various scenarios along the corridor so the process is moving but moving very slowly which appears to be part of the strategy by NS. The Transit Funding Working Group continues to work on ways to fill the funding gap and advance the 2030 Transit Plan and the Funding and Finance Subcommittee is presenting its findings to the MTC at the next meeting.

7 – Mr. Herring asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Mr. Brice and seconded by Mr. Ferguson. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – Davidson Town Hall, Davidson, NC

1 – Attendance: Leamon Brice Andrew Grant, Melinda Bales, Erskine Smith, Mac Herring, Woody Washam, Bill Thunberg. Guests: Chuck Travis, Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, Geoff Steele, Rob Kidwell, Victor Barbour and Rodger Rochelle. Press: Lori Helms, Lake Norman Citizen.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of December 11, 2013: Motion – Commissioner Washam; Second – Commissioner Grant. The minutes were approved as presented. In addition, a motion was made to enter the Directors Interim Report in to the record as the last meeting was canceled due the weather. Commissioner Bales made the motion and it was seconded by Commissioner Brice. The motion passed unanimously.

4 – Mr. Herring recognized Mr. Rodger Rochelle from NCDOT for his report on the status of the I-77 HOT Project and the updated timeline. A copy of the updated timeline is attached. Mr. Rochelle answered a few questions after his presentation. The overall report noted the project is on track although the timeline has shifted to an early 2018 completion date.

5 – Mr. Herring asked Mr. Thunberg to report on the planned Regional Transportation Summit. After some discussion, the date was set for Tuesday, September 30th. There was additional discussion about the format and venue. The suggestion was made to get an attractive keynote speaker in addition to Jeff Michael’s presentation on growth as a means of motivating folks to attend. The Charles Mack Citizen Center was discussed as the most desirable location for an event of that nature. Mr. Thunberg committed to meet with the Lake Norman Chamber and the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber along with Mr. Herring and Ms. Bales in an effort to get a keynote speaker and rough out the format and report at the next meeting. Mr. Herring asked Mr. Thunberg to continue with the Directors Report. Mr. Thunberg reported that a second meeting with the stakeholders along the NC 150 was held and a third is scheduled as it was agreed to take the process to a graft collaboration agreement over the next few months – getting the MPO’s involved and then elected officials. The Red Line project continues to move slowly with the focus on Norfolk Southern and capacity modeling work going on. The Transit Funding Working Group continues to move forward on identifying alternative funding sources and reached out to Triangle Transit at the recent P3 Conference in Charlotte with additional meetings scheduled.

6 – Mr. Herring called on Mr. Grant to discuss the budget. Mr. Grant presented the current status and noted that he and Mr. Thunberg agreed that there should be no need to request funding above the current level and that the current budget should be maintained. Mr. Grant noted that the MOU for the LNTC Joint Agency expires in November of 2014 and will need to be reauthorized. There was brief discussion and it was noted that should a project that required additional funding came up we could always make a request for project specific contributions. A motion was made by Ms. Bales to go in to closed session for personnel and seconded by Mr. Washam. It passed unanimously and Mr. Thunberg was asked to leave. Mr. Washam motioned to come out of closed session and the motion was seconded by Ms. Bales and passed unanimously. Back in open session, Mr. Brice made a motion to approve the compensation for Mr. Thunberg and it was seconded by Mr. Washam. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Grant then made a motion to approve the budget for the next fiscal year which was seconded by Mr. Washam. The motion passed unanimously.

7 – Mr. Herring asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Ms. Bales and seconded by Mr. Smith. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned.