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11-02-2006 1 TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING 2 November 2, 2006 3 4 Following are minutes from the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting held 5 on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. in the Las Cruces City Council 6 Chambers, 200 N. Church Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 7 8 MEMBERS PRESENT: Mike Bartholomew (RoadRUNNER Transit) 9 Terry Coker (Las Cruces Public Schools) 10 Jon Czerniak (Dona Ana County) 11 Loretta Reyes (CLC Public Works) 12 Richard MacRorie (NMSU) 13 Maria Hinojos (proxy for Frank Guzman-NMDOT) 14 Dan Soriano (CLC Public Works) 15 John Knopp (Town of Mesilla) 16 Matt Craddock (proxy for Tim Sanders-BLM) 17 18 MEMBERS ABSENT: Henry Magallenez (EBID) 19 Tim Sanders (BLM) 20 Robert Armijo (DAC Engineering) 21 Frank Guzman (NMDOT) 22 Orlando V. Fierro (DAC Flood Commission) 23 Steve Decker (Town of Mesilla) 24 25 26 STAFF PRESENT: Tom Murphy (Las Cruces MPO) 27 Caerllion Thomas (Las Cruces MPO) 28 Dianne Wax (CLC — Recording Secretary) 29 Catherine Duarte (Public Works) 30 31 PUBLIC: Klaus Wittern 32 33 I. CALL TO ORDER 34 35 The meeting was called to order at 4:05 p.m. 36 37 Staff proposed a couple of changes to the agenda. Item III. A. Presentations for 38 Transit 5310 and 5311 — Dave Harris, NMDOT, would be deleted due to no 39 presentations at this time. 40 41 Item IV. B. change title of discussion item to read `Locating the BNSF Railroad 42 facilities to the West Mesa. 43 44 Loretta Reyes motioned to accept the changes to the agenda. 45 Rich MacRorie seconded the motion. 46 ALL IN FAVOR. 1 1 2 II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: October 5, 2006 3 4 Terry Coker motioned to approve the minutes of October 5, 2006. 5 Loretta Reyes seconded the motion. 6 ALL IN FAVOR. 7 8 III. ACTION ITEMS 9 10 A. Presentations for Transit 5310 and 5311 — Dave Harris, NMDOT (this 11 item was removed from the agenda) 12 B. MPO staff support for the Regional Transit District 13 14 The development of a Regional Transit District (RTD) for Southern New Mexico is part 15 of the 06-07 UPWP for the LCMPO. MPO staff has been leading the coordinating 16 effort with 11 governments, the South Central Council of Governments, and NMDOT. 17 Resolutions of intent to join have been adopted by all jurisdictions. By-laws and a 18 contract have been drafted for the RTD. Public meetings have been held in every 19 jurisdiction that will be part of the South Central RTD. All organizing documents have 20 been compiled and sent to the State Transportation Commission in order to certify the 21 RTD. 22 23 One concern raised at the Transportation Commission meeting was that of continuity. 24 Once the RTD is certified, which entity is responsible to see that its work is continued? 25 Discussions of the organizing committee which drafted the by-laws and contract, felt 26 that the decision should be left to the board which will convene once certification is 27 complete. Staff feels that should be the case, however, at least one organization 28 needs to offer its assistance. 29 30 The Las Cruces MPO and the South Central Council of Governments are pursuing 31 Resolutions that will allow that RTD to be housed within their organizations until such 32 time that the RTD is a self sustained political entity. This will grant the RTD Board of 33 Directors a choice of where to house the RTD and give the Transportation 34 Commission assurance that the South Central RTD will become a reality. 35 36 The commitment that will be required of the MPO will be to conduct board of 37 directors meetings, travel reimbursement for board members traveling to the board 38 meetings, development and release of a Request for Proposals to develop a Service 39 Plan for the RTD. These work products would be financed through a $250,000 grant 40 from NMDOT. One of the benefits of housing the RTD in an existing organization is 41 that the bulk of the grant may then be used for development of the service plan. 42 43 Terry Coker motioned to recommended to amend the UPWP to support MPO 44 managing the Regional Transit District. 45 Rich MacRorie seconded the motion. 46 ALL IN FAVOR. 2 1 2 IV. DISCUSSION ITEMS 3 4 A. Development Review 5 6 Development Review of approved and denied subdivisions included in packet for 7 Committee review. 8 9 B. Locating the BNSF Railroad facilities on the West Mesa 10 11 Klaus Wittern gave a presentation about locating the BNSF Railroad Facilities to the 12 West Mesa. 13 14 Project description: relieving the rapidly congesting Mesilla Valley surface 15 transportation network by relocating the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (BSNF) 16 railroad track and appurtenant facilities onto the West Mesa would be a vital and 17 important economic aspect of this project. 18 19 Tom Murphy stated that this project has the potential for a very large economic 20 impact that will also affect many facets of the transportation system. 21 22 V. COMMITTEE AND STAFF COMMENTS 23 24 The Regional Transit District (RTD) meeting is scheduled for November 30, 2006 in 25 Albuquerque, NM. 26 27 VI. PUBLIC COMMENTS - none 28 29 VII. ADJOURNMENT 30 31 Meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m. 32 33 3