Minutes – 2015

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – Huntersville Town Hall, Huntersville, NC

1 – Attendance: Bill Russell, Erskine Smith, Lisa Qualls, Melinda Bales, Andrew Grant, Leamon Brice, Thurman Ross, Brian Jenest and Greg Ferguson. Guests: Warren Cooksey, Sushil Nepal, Kelsie Anderson, Wayne Herron, Rob Kidwell and Dave Veiser.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of June 10, 2015: Motion – Mr. Ferguson; Second – Mr. Brice. The minutes were approved.

4 – Ms. Bales recognized Kelsie Anderson for an update on P4.0, the timeline and project submission. After a brief powerpoint, there was quite a bit of discussion which led to the CRTPO’s consideration of the 2016 STIP at their upcoming meeting. Warren Cooksey and Kelsie answered numerous questions regarding consideration of the STIP, the consequences of not adopting a conforming STIP and the process overall. Mr. Jenest expressed frustration with the process because it seemed, to him, the CRTPO’s consideration of the STIP should allow for project specific adjustment. While acknowledging Mr. Jenest’s frustration, staff explained that the specific projects were considered and voted upon by the CRTPO prior to submitting them to the state to determine what could be funded in the various tiers and adopted by the state board in conjunction with the projects from the other MPO’s in the state. The STIP, once adopted by the state board, is then returned to the MPO for final adoption to move in to the next phase. It was noted that transportation projects have a very long developmental process because they are complicated and highly regulated. The discussion focused on the need to adopt the STIP to avoid delaying $2 billion in CRTPO transportation projects and those in the adjacent MPO’s in the non-attainment area.

5 – Ms. Bales recognized Warren Cooksey for NCDOT’s report. In Division 10, Warren noted that meetings were still going on regarding the West Catawba Avenue Project and the East Catawba Roundabout as well as continued discussions with I-77 Mobility Partners regarding design, etc. In Division 12, Warren reported that a compressed diamond interchange is being considered at NC 150 and I-77 and that there are lane configuration changes at the I-40/I-77 interchange in response to construction activity.

6 – Under Other Items, Ms. Bales brought up the topic of legislation under consideration by the General Assembly much of which will have an adverse impact on our region and the local jurisdictions in the region. There was considerable discussion about local efforts to convince legislators that the sales tax redistribution proposal has severe financial consequences and to make the case that the previous change in 2007 was done to mitigate the effects of changes the legislature made Medicaid funding.

7 – Ms. Bales recognized Bill Thunberg for his report. He noted that there was now in the P4.0 project list, a project for every segment of NC 73 for scoring. In addition Sushil Nepal reported that the Congestion Management report on Segments 2 and 3 is in the hands of the NC 73 Council of Planning and is undergoing review and will be discussed at the upcoming NC 73 CoP meeting in September. Bill also reported that the Local Stakeholders Advisory Group has been meeting discussing project elements of the I-77 Express Lanes Project such as Ingress/Egress points, design and delivery of BA projects, etc. Bill also reported that besides all the regular meetings, Transportation Staff, TCC, CRTPO, MTC, etc. he attended the Silver Line Public Involvement meeting in Matthews.

8 – Having no further business, Ms. Bales asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Mr. Brice and seconded by Mr. Ross. The motion passed unanimously

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – Mooresville Town Hall, Mooresville, NC

1 – Attendance: Bill Russell, Erskine Smith, Lisa Qualls, Melinda Bales, Andrew Grant, Leamon Brice, Woody Washam, Brian Jenest and Greg Ferguson. Guests: Warren Cooksey, Bill Coxe, Neil Burke, Kelsie Anderson, Eddie Dingler, Wayne Herron, Rob Kidwell, John Muth, Carroll Gray, Mitch Abraham and Dave Veiser.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of May 13, 2015: Motion – Mr. Jenest; Second – Mr. Ferguson. The minutes were approved with spelling corrections.

4 – Mr. Bales recognized Mr. Thunberg to present a resolution honoring the service of Mooresville Commissioner Mac Herring to the LNTC. Comments were made about Mr. Herring’s service and his untimely death. The resolution was presented with the motion to approve being made by Mr. Washam and seconded by Mr. Brice. The motion passed unanimously.

5 – Ms. Bales recognized John Muth, Acting CEO of CATS for a presentation on the 2030 Transit Plan and the changes that have occurred since the plan was last updated. Mr. Muth made the case for undertaking a study – perhaps a 2050 plan that accounts for current condition and modifies the assumptions underlying how the various corridor plans might proceed. There was considerable discussion about the need to link it to the CONNECT process based upon the conclusions that came out of that effort regarding managing growth and providing transportation choices and making the effort less Charlotte-Centric and more regional in nature.

6 – Ms. Bales recognized Neil Burke from the CRTPO for an update on Prioritization 4.0. Mr. Burke reviewed the state mandated process for prioritizing projects for the 2018 STIP and the various changes the state adopted to streamline the process based upon the experiences in P3.0. Mr. Burke then reviewed the projects in the prioritization database in our region pointing out those that are identified to be removed from the database and those that are to be rescored as well as the process for submitting new projects. Commission members requested copies of the presentation with particular emphasis on the timeline and required actions from the jurisdictions.

7 – Ms. Bales recognized Warren Cooksey from NCDOT Division 10 for an update. Mr. Cooksey briefly reviewed activity in the division and noted in particular that the last segment of 485 opened to the public, various meetings on West Catawba and noted the NCDOT Board had adopted the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). There was brief discussion of the large number of projects the division will be managing as a consequence of the STIP.

8 – Ms. Bales brought up the topic of the Executive Directors Contract that was presented and discussed at the May meeting. A motion was called for with Mr. Ferguson moving to approve with a second from Mr. Brice. The motion passed unanimously.

9 – Under other items, Ms. Bales recognized Kelsie Anderson for a review of the STIP timeline. Ms. Anderson reminded everyone that the MPO was to consider adopting the STIP at the August MPO meeting. Mr. Thunberg noted that the LNTC usually cancels the July meeting…Mr. Ferguson made a motion to cancel, Mr. Brice seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Mr. Thunberg brought up the matter of electing a new Chairman…per the MOU the Chair is to rotate to Huntersville then to Davidson. Mr. Smith made a motion to elect Ms. Bales as Chairman and Mr. Jenest as Vice-Chairman. Mr. Washam seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

10 – Having no further business, Ms. Bales asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Mr. Ferguson and seconded by Mr. Brice. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Davidson Town Hall, Davidson, NC

1 – Attendance: Mac Herring, Erskine Smith, Andrew Grant, Bill Russell, Leamon Brice, Woody Washam, Melinda Bales and Greg Ferguson. Guests: Wayne Herron, Warren Cooksey, David Keilson, Bill Cox and Dave Veiser.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of April 8, 2015: Motion – Mr. Smith; Second – Mr. Brice. The minutes were approved with spelling corrections.

4 – Mr. Herring recognized Bill Coxe for an update on the draft STIP. Bill noted that NCDOT completed its’ public involvement period on the draft. The CRTPO is scheduled to have a public meeting on the draft STIP on June 17th beginning at 4:30pm and ending at 6pm at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. The current schedule shows the NCDOT Board adopting the draft STIP at its’ June meeting.

5 – Mr. Herring recognized Bill Thunberg for an update on the NC73 Council of Planning discussion from the last meeting. Mr.Thunberg reported that he had talked with Jack Simoneau, Chairman of the NC73 CoP. The CCoG provided an estimate for the proposed scope of work including CoP website management, overseeing the project Peer Review process and facilitating 3 meeting in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Total cost is $4000 or $500 for each of the 8 stakeholder jurisdictions. It was thought that most of the planning departments could provide that level of funding in their regular professional services budgets. Mr. Thunberg was asked to determine the desire of the other stakeholders to participate.

6 – Mr. Herring recognized David Keillson, NCDOT Division 12 for a report. David reviewed the NC 150 widening projects. The B section is fully funded in the draft STIP and extends from roughly – the NC 21 bridge west to the Catawba River bridge using a six lane super-street concept although the design is not final – including a decision on the type of inter-change at Exit 36. The A section is funded in the developmental phase of the draft STIP and thus is subject to re-prioritization under P4.0. Discussions are under way with Duke Energy regarding the bridge design at the Catawba and NC150 bridge. The plan is to include a 10 foot multi-use path on the North side of the bridge at this early stage of the process.

7 – Mr. Herring recognized Warren Cooksey, NCDOT Division 10 for a report. Warren noted that the last segment of I-485 is scheduled to open on Friday, June 5th. Also, he noted the P4.0 workgroup was continuing its work on the next project evaluation criteria and scoring. Congestion measures were discussed including a peak traffic component, improving the impact of local contributions on scores, etc. Warren also noted that a ramp metering study is to be undertaken soon.

8 – Mr. Herring asked Mr. Thunberg for his report. Mr. Thunberg reported that the work toward getting the Bonus Allocation projects was continuing and that jurisdictions which had proposed projects included in the adopted list should be getting a letter from NCDOT on the status of their projects. Mr. Thunberg reported that all 4 LNTC jurisdictions had approved the amendment to the MOU.

9 – Mr. Herring noted that the LNTC needed to go in to closed session for personnel matters. A motion to go in to closed session was made by Commissioner Bales and seconded by Commissioner Washam. The motion passed unanimously. After discussion in closed session, a motion to come out of closed session and to adjourn the regular meeting was made by Commissioner Bales and seconded by Commissioner Washam. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission

Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – Cornelius Town Hall, Cornelius, NC

1 – Attendance: Rob Kidwell, Mac Herring, Erskine Smith, Andrew Grant, Bill Russell, Kirk Ballard, Leamon Brice, Woody Washam and Brian Jenest. Guests: Wayne Herron, Warren Cooksey, David Keilson, Thurmond Ross, Jack Simoneau and Kelsie Anderson.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of March 11, 2015: Motion – Commissioner Washam; Second – Mr. Smith. The minutes were approved with a correction to the NCDOT Update.

4 – Mr. Herring recognized Kelsie for a brief update on programing of DA-BA funds. Ms. Anderson reported that the CRTPO adopted the Bonus Allocation project list with a revision to the Statewide Tier Project List; the DA Project list without revision and that the CRTPO remains on schedule for the adoption of the STIP. Mr. Thunberg passed out the revised BA and DA project lists noting that the process for advancing the BA projects was underway.

5 – Mr. Herring recognized Jack Simoneau, Chairman of the NC 73 Council of Planning for an update and discussion on the NC 73 CoP’s activities. Jack reported that the CoP met on March 9, 2015 and received a presentation of early findings by Mike Reese from the Congestion Management Branch of NCDOT on the Segment 2 review of the corridor. The purpose of the review is to identify cost effective mitigations along the corridor that can be accomplished quickly by jurisdictions or by development partners along the corridor as STIP projects in the developmental plan (10 years out) are implemented. Quite a bit of discussion at the CoP meeting revolved around development pressures along the corridor and how jurisdictions can “bank” these mitigation plans so they can occur in response to development pressure when specific projects are proposed. To that end, the CoP discussed the need for improved and enhanced communication between the jurisdictions as projects are brought forward to seek out comments from CoP members. That brought up the discussion of resources required. Jack reported that the CCoG provided the staffing and web resources and he has requested information from the CoG on the cost for providing the higher level of service desired. Jack responded to questions from the LNTC and there was a lot of discussion about being proactive and trying to find year end funding for at least the web portion and full funding in next years budgets. Mr. Thunberg was instructed to meet with Jack to discuss the scope of services and see if there was some help the LNTC could provide to help move things along. In addition, Mr. Thunberg was asked to provide the plans Mike Reese presented for Segment 1 and see if Segment 2 plans were available to be distributed.

6 – Mr. Herring recognized Andrew Grant for a presentation on the 2016 LNTC Budget. Andrew presented the budget noting that it is the same as the previous year and includes the break out by jurisdiction. There was discussion then a motion to approve was made by Mr. Brice and a second by Mr. Washam. The budget was approved unanimously.

7 – Mr. Herring asked if for NCDOT reports…Warren Cooksey gave a detailed report on projects and activities around the Division 10 region noting that the closing for the I-77 Express Lanes project had been moved to May 17…I-485 completion is expected by July 20 and various other activities around the region. David Keilson reported on activities in the Division 12 region including the I-77/I-40 Interchange, I-77 Rest Area and NC 150.

8 – Mr. Herring asked Mr. Thunberg for his report. Mr. Thunberg reported on the project lists that he handed out and asked that the LNTC members share with their fellow board members. He reported that the LNTC was awaiting a response from NCDOT on their signing of the NC 150 Collaboration MOU and was hopeful that would happen soon at which point he would review with the Chambers of Commerce and the TCC’s of the MPO’s. Noted several presentations of the LNTC Annual Report to various boards, attendance at the Catawba Avenue Widening workshops and various other meetings as well as a joint presentation to the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce with Kelsie Anderson.

9 – Mr. Herring noted that no further business, a motion to adjourn was in order. Mr. Jenest made the motion, Mr. Washam seconded and the motion was adopted unanimously.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – Huntersville Town Hall, Huntersville, NC

1 – Attendance: Melinda Bales, Mac Herring, Erskine Smith, Andrew Grant, and Bill Russell. Guests: Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, Warren Cooksey, Jean Lier, and Kelsie Anderson. Press: Dave Veiser.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of February 11, 2015: Motion – Commissioner Bales; Second – Commissioner Smith. The minutes were approved with a spelling correction.

4 – Mr. Herring recognized Bill Coxe for a brief update on programing of STP-DA-BA funds. Mr. Coxe made a brief review of the DA and BA status noting the CRTPO is to consider the projects advanced by the TCC and the Tech Team at their meeting on March 18. Mr. Coxe made the schedule challenges clear and the impact on adoption of the STIP including the time required for the Air Quality Conformity process. In addition, Mr. Coxe noted some concerns related to managing all of these projects as the process moves forward. Tracking and managing these projects could pose a significant challenge if not addressed early on.

6 – Mr. Herring noted that Mr. Herron was unable to attend the meeting and he asked Mr. Thunberg to report on the NC 73 Council of Planning meeting. Mr. Thunberg reported that the Council met and discussed the need to be more active in anticipation on several road projects along the corridor that made the developmental list of the STIP and in response to increased development pressure along the corridor. They discussed more sharing of information, more frequent meetings and identified a need for more resources to fund the CCoG’s management and the Council website. Mike Reese from NCDOT Congestion Management Division reported on the results of the review of segment 2 and identified a number of potential short term fixes that would help mobility.

7 – Mr. Herring asked if for NCDOT reports…Warren Cooksey gave a detailed report on projects and activities around the region.

8 – Mr. Herring asked Mr. Thunberg for his report. Mr. Thunberg reported that a conference call had been conducted with the Hickory MPO and CRTPO to discuss advancing the NC 150 Corridor Collaboration MA adopted by the LNTC. The MPO’s were interested in presenting it to their TCC’s with April being the earliest because of the packed calendars. David Kielson is taking the MA to NCDOT for their consideration. Following that, the MA will go to the Chambers for their consideration. Mr. Thunberg reported that he and Kelsie Anderson met with the Chairman of the Iredell County Board of Commissioners, county staff and Mayor Woods to discuss transportation in the region…ongoing projects and future activities. Mr. Thunberg and Ms. Anderson are presenting a transportation update to the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber on March 25.

9 – Mr. Herring asked for other items. A discussion took place regarding LNTC board presentations, the potential for a summit this year, etc. Consensus was obtained on a $200 gift certificate for Jeff Michaels in honor of his help with our last summit.

10 – Mr. Herring noted that no further business, a motion to adjourn was in order. Mr. Brice made the motion, Ms. Bales seconded and the motion was adopted unanimously.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – Mooresville Town Hall, Mooresville, NC

1 – Attendance: Melinda Bales, Mac Herring, Erskine Smith, Andrew Grant, Woody Washam, Brian Jenest, Kirk Ballard, Greg Ferguson and Bill Russell. Guests: Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, Warren Cooksey, Lisa Qualls, Mitch Abraham, David Kielson, Carroll Gray, Jean Lier, Travis Johnson and Kelsie Anderson. Press: Dave Veiser and Chris Tuttle.

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

3 – Meeting Minutes of January 14, 2015: Motion – Commissioner Bales; Second – Commissioner Jenest. The minutes were approved as presented.

4 – Mr. Herring suggested a reordering of the agenda and without opposition, the agenda was reordered. Mr. Herring then recognized Kelsie Anderson, Transportation Engineer for the Town of Mooresville and Mooresville TCC representative for brief update on the DRAFT State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). Kelsie briefly reviewed the STIP timeline and the current status. The schedule calls for final adoption in the fall of 2015.

5 – Mr. Herring recognized Bill Coxe for a brief update on programing of STP-DA-BA funds. Mr. Coxe made a brief powerpoint presentation highlighting the draft project selection by tier for funding with Bonus Allocation funds and the draft project selection using STP-DA funds being careful to explain the difference between BA and DA funds and the rationale underpinning project selection for both. Mr. Coxe made the schedule challenges clear and the impact on adoption of the STIP including the time required for the Air Quality Conformity process.

6 – Mr. Herring brought up the topic of electing a new chairman. The bylaws call for the chair position to rotate between the jurisdictions on a yearly basis. Mr. Herring noted that with the change in the MOU to conform to the municipal fiscal calendar, it makes sense to wait until the June or July period to elect the new chair. There was discussion and consensus on delaying the election to the June meeting and then in June thereafter. Mr. Herring also noted that having a Vice Chair position has worked well and will allow for a smooth transition with the Vice Chair in a position to take over the Chairmans position.

7 – Mr. Herring recognized Ms. Bales and Mr. Thunberg to propose a resolution honoring Rep. William Brawley’s selection as the recipient of the NCSITE Contribution to Transportation Award to be presented on February 20th. The resolution was presented with Mr. Washam making the motion to adopt and Ms. Bales seconding the motion. Without further discussion, the vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously.

8 – Mr. Herring asked Ms. Bales to guide the commission through a review of the annual update power-point presentation. There was good discussion and several revisions were requested. Mr. Thunberg was asked to make the revisions and send the power-point out to the commission when complete. There was discussion about who should present the power-point to each board and it was left up to the individual commission member to decide if they wanted to present or introduce Mr. Thunberg to present.

9 – Mr. Herring recognized Mr. Thunberg for his report. Mr. Thunberg noted that the NC 73 Council of Planning meeting is scheduled for February 19th in Huntersville. He reported having spoken to Blair Israel the NC 73 CoP facilitator from the Centralina Council of Governments about LNTC participation. Mr. Israel welcomed LNTC participation. Mr. Thunberg noted that a meeting is scheduled with the Hickory MPO and the CRTPO to discuss advancing the adoption of the Memorandum of Agreement for the NC 150 Corridor. That meeting is scheduled for February 24. Along with all the other meetings, Mr. Thunberg noted that the Transit Funding Working Group meetings have resumed. The TFWG’s Legislative Advocacy Committee has scheduled a number of trips to the through June. The first of which Mr. Thunberg participated in on February 10 with Dana Fenton and Mayor Swain.

10 – Mr. Herring noted that no further business, a motion to adjourn was in order. Mr. Washam made the motion, Ms. Bales seconded and the motion was adopted unanimously.

 

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission
Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – Davidson Town Hall, Davidson, NC

1 – Attendance: Melinda Bales, Mac Herring, Erskine Smith, Andrew Grant, Woody Washam, Brian Jenest, Leaman Brice and Bill Russell. Guests: Wayne Herron, Bill Coxe, Jacob Cole, Warren Cooksey, Allyson Cotaco and Kelsie Anderson. Press: Dave Veiser.

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

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

4 – Mr. Herring recognized Kelsie Anderson, Transportation Engineer for the Town of Mooresville and Mooresville TCC representative for a presentation of the DRAFT State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). In her review of the DRAFT STIP for the CRTPO, Kelsie focused on the projects in the LNTC area in all 3 tiers. Emphasis was placed upon those projects with right-of-way acquisition in the first 5 years as the funding for the projects selected in the final STIP with right-of-way acquisition by 2020 is considerd “committed” with those projects with right-of-way acquisition after 2020 are considered “developmental” are anticipated to be subject to reprioritization in P4.0. The schedule calls for final adoption in the fall of 2015.

5 – Mr. Herring recognized Mr. Thunberg for the discussion on NC 73 and NC 150. Mr. Thunberg noted that with the high number of projects in the STIP along the NC 73 Corridor – including projects in the adjacent MPO’s, that the role of the NC 73 Council of Planning was more important than ever. There was considerable discussion about the CoP and plans for the future and the Commission tasked Mr. Thunberg with following up with Blair Israel from the CCoG and Jack Simeneau from Huntersville who is the leader of the Council to determine what the CoP’s plans are, relay the concerns of the LNTC and to request an opportunity to participate in the CoP meetings. Mr. Thunberg reported that with all the activity around the STIP, the NC 150 MA was not a priority at the moment. A meeting with the Hickory MPO and the CRTPO is schedule for late February so there is progress but it is slow progress given all the other priorities at the moment.

6 – Mr. Herring called on Mr. Coxe for a brief update on programing of STP-DA-BA funds. Mr. Coxe explained the source of the funds for each and the restrictions associated with each noting that the process of prioritizing projects was under way. That process includes meetings with I-77 Mobility Partners and NCDOT to discuss projects that might be included in the construction of the I-77 Express Lanes project, scrubbing the scope and costs for nominated projects and a recommendation regarding using STP – DA funds to extend project selection under STI and for what period of time. Mr. Coxe noted that the goal was to have a list of projects to submit to the TCC at their next meeting on Feb. 5, 2015.

7 – Mr. Herring initiated a discussion about the need to address the adoption of an amendment to the LNTC MOU extending the term for an additional 5 years and aligning the term with the fiscal year. There was quite a bit of discussion and there was consensus that each Town Board should receive a presentation on the LNTC that includes elements in the recent presentation along with info concerning what the LNTC sees coming-up in the next 5 years. Mr. Thunberg was tasked with revising the powerpoint. He requested the help of Mr. Herring and Ms. Bales in the process of revising the material.

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

 

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