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08/11/2021 MPO PC 1 MESILLA VALLEY METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION 2 POLICY COMMITTEE 3 4 The following are minutes for the meeting of the Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning 5 Organization (MPO) Policy Committee, which was held August 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in 6 the City of Las Cruces Council Chambers, 700 N. Main, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 7 8 MEMBERS PRESENT: 9 Trent Doolittle (NMDOT) 10 Councilor Johana Bencomo 11 Commissioner Susana Chaparro (DAC) (departed 1:30-1:46) 12 Trustee Stephanie Johnson-Burick (Town of Mesilla) 13 Commissioner Manuel Sanchez (DAC) 14 Councilor Gill Sorg (CLC) (arrived 1:17) 15 16 MEMBERS ABSENT: Mayor Nora Barraza (Town of Mesilla) 17 Trustee Veronica Garcia (Town of Mesilla) 18 Commissioner Diana Murillo-Trujillo (DAC) 19 Councilor Gabriel Vasquez (CLC) 20 21 STAFF PRESENT: Andrew Wray (MPO staff) 22 Dominic Loya (MPO staff) 23 Michael McAdams (MPO staff) 24 Paul Amend (MPO staff) 25 26 OTHERS PRESENT: Hector Terrazas 27 George Pearson 28 Steve Pacheco 29 Jennifer Morrow 30 Becky Baum, RC Creations, LLC, Recording Secretary 31 32 1. CALL TO ORDER (1:10 PM) 33 34 Sanchez: It is 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday August 11th. We will now call this meeting of 35 the Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee to 36 order. 37 38 2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 39 40 Sanchez: If everyone wouldn't mind joining me in the Pledge of Allegiance. 41 42 ALL STAND FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. 43 44 Sanchez: Thank you all. Because we should actually call the roll, please. 45 1 1 Wray: Yes, Mr. Chair. And one housekeeping note, if when members of the 2 committee are speaking if they could please remove their masks to ensure 3 that we don't have any audio issues with the recording. Ms. Baum, I'm sure 4 be most appreciative. Councilor Bencomo. 5 6 Bencomo: Here. 7 8 Wray: Trustee Johnson-Burick. 9 10 J-Burick: Here. 11 12 Wray: Commissioner Chaparro. 13 14 Chaparro: Here. 15 16 Wray: Mr. Doolittle. 17 18 Doolittle: Here. 19 20 Wray: Mr. Chair. 21 22 Sanchez: Present. 23 24 3. CONFLICT OF INTEREST INQUIRY 25 26 Sanchez: Okay, we're on to the conflict of interest. Is there any members present that 27 have any items that they have a conflict of interest in? Okay, I'm seeing 28 none. Thank you all. 29 30 4. PUBLIC COMMENT 31 32 Sanchez: So we'll move on to agenda item number four, public comment. Are there 33 any members of the public that would like to come up and speak? Seeing 34 none. 35 36 5. APPROVAL OF AGENDA 37 38 Sanchez: All right, we'll move on to agenda item number five, the approval of the 39 agenda. Can I get a motion in a second to approve the agenda? 40 41 J-Burick: So moved. 42 43 Sanchez: Okay. We have a motion by Trustee Johnson-Burick. 44 45 Bencomo: Second. 46 2 1 Sanchez: Seconded by Councillor Bencomo. Okay, can I get a roll call please? 2 3 Wray: Yes, Mr. Chair. Councilor Bencomo. 4 5 Bencomo: Yes. 6 7 Wray: Trustee Johnson-Burick. 8 9 J-Burick: Yes. 10 11 Wray: Commissioner Chaparro. 12 13 Chaparro: Yes. 14 15 Wray: Mr. Doolittle. 16 17 Doolittle: Yes. 18 19 Wray: Mr. Chair. 20 21 Sanchez: Yes. 22 23 Wray: Mr. Chair. The motion passes. 24 25 Sanchez: Thank you. The agenda is approved. 26 27 6. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 28 29 6.1 June 9, 2021 30 31 Sanchez: Okay, we're on to the approval of the minutes from June 9, 2021, agenda 32 item 6.1. Can I get a motion in a second please? 33 34 J-Burick: So moved. 35 36 Bencomo: Second. 37 38 Sanchez: All right, moved by Trustee Johnson-Burick, seconded by Councilor 39 Bencomo. Are there any comments or any updates to the minutes of June 40 9, 2021? Okay, not seeing any. So Andrew I will ask for the roll call, please. 41 42 Wray: Yes Mr. Chair. Councilor Bencomo. 43 44 Bencomo: Yes. 45 46 Wray: Trustee Johnson-Burick. 3 1 2 J-Burick: Yes. 3 4 Wray: Commissioner Chaparro. 5 6 Chaparro: Yes. 7 8 Wray: Mr. Doolittle. 9 10 Doolittle: Yes. 11 12 Wray: Mr. Chair. 13 14 Sanchez: Yes. 15 16 Wray: Mr. Chair. The motion passes. 17 18 Sanchez: Thank you. 19 20 7. ACTION ITEMS 21 22 7.1 Resolution 21-08: A Resolution Approving an Out-of-Cycle 23 Amendment to the 2020-2025 Transportation Improvement Program 24 (TIP) 25 26 Sanchez: All right, we're on to agenda item number 7.1 under action items. It's 27 Resolution 21-08, a resolution approving an out-of-cycle amendment to the 28 2020-2025 Transportation Improvement Program. 29 30 Wray: Thank you Mr. Chair. Mr. Loya is passing around updated version of the 31 financial information that was included in your packet. There was some 32 information that was still missing. So please review that during the 33 presentation. At this time, I would like to invite Mr. Steve Pacheco from the 34 City of Las Cruces to give this presentation. 35 36 Sanchez: Good afternoon, Mr. Pacheco. 37 38 Pacheco: Good afternoon. Thank you for having me. Appreciate the chance to come 39 before you with this request. So this is the same project that we were here 40 June 9th for, the bike pedestrian improvements project. So this project, the 41 same presentation that we gave at the last time we were before you for 42 requesting your approval. The Madrid Avenue and Walnut Street, we're 43 working on the asphalt, the two inch mill overlay. We're doing bike lanes. 44 We are including signage on Kilmer, Ash, and Evelyn. Nothing has changed 45 except for we included this time the waterline main, the gas line main, and 46 the sewer line on Madrid, and waterline on Walnut. And these are exact 4 1 same cross sections as the last meeting with the waterline, sewer, and gas 2 lines shown on Madrid again, and the Walnut waterline also shown. 3 4 So for the project costs, this agreement was executed in December 2019. 5 And due to the aging infrastructure, under separate procurement 6 nonparticipating utilities design was added to this project. We requested as 7 I previously stated and you approved an out-of-cycle amendment to the TIP 8 on June 9th. And we are back before you requesting an additional out-of- 9 cycle amendment to the TIP to include these nonparticipating utilities, gas, 10 water, and sewer. Due to a miscommunication, the request was not 11 included in the June 9th TIP request. This request ensures that the 12 nonparticipating utility can be included as part of this project. The 13 nonparticipating utilities will be paid for by the City via rates and bonds. And 14 the project will improve the life cycle for all modes of transportation, help 15 meet the ATP, it improves the overall safety and protects the associated 16 TAP funding improvements. And we are still on schedule to be bidding at 17 the end of this month. So that is the project schedule that we have right 18 now. And I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. 19 20 Sanchez: Okay. Thank you Mr. Pacheco. Are there any questions regarding this 21 item? Okay, seeing none. Actually, I realized we did not get a motion and 22 a second for this item. So can I get a motion and the second. 23 24 Bencomo: Move to approve. 25 26 Sanchez: Thank you Councilor Bencomo. 27 28 J-Burick: Second. 29 30 Sanchez: Second by Trustee Johnson-Burick. Okay. Is there any other input? Any 31 public input? And if you don't mind, state your name for the record, please. 32 33 Pearson: George Pearson. 34 35 Sanchez: Thank you Mr. Pearson. 36 37 Pearson: I had heard some communication that the sustainability office was able to 38 add to this project by putting some green infrastructure, green paint on the 39 bike lanes as part of an effort to reduce the heat signature. I wonder if that 40 is correct information or ... 41 42 Sanchez: If you wouldn't mind removing your mask. I just want to make sure. We're 43 having problems. 44 45 Bencomo: Mr. Chair. 46 5 1 Sanchez: Yes Councilor Bencomo. 2 3 Bencomo: He can also raise the microphone and the podium. 4 5 Sanchez: Okay. Thank you Councilor. 6 7 Pearson: This is better. 8 9 Sanchez: Yes. Perfect. 10 11 Pearson: Okay. I'll just start over. George Pearson. I had heard that there would be 12 some possibility of adding green paint where the bike lanes are through the 13 Office of Sustainability. I think there was some separate funding for that. I 14 was wondering if that that was correct information, if that's part of this 15 project, or maybe that's just going to be something that's added after this 16 project is done. Thank you. 17 18 Sanchez: Thank you Mr. Pearson. Please go ahead. 19 20 Morrow: Hi, my name is Jennifer Morrow. I'm the engineering administrator for the 21 City of Las Cruces. And the comment was in regards to the green paint. 22 We've been working with the sustainability department here with the City 23 and looking at obtaining the green paint. And then we are going to have 24 our own crews put that on or we will do a separate solicitation. That will not 25 be part of this funding request and it will not be part of this project. And that 26 will actually not be done on this project area. There's Walnut Phase 1, and 27 we're looking at putting it on Walnut Phase 1, that application has to go on 28 a road that's been sitting for six months or to a year, so that the oils and 29 everything have kind of settled on it and it doesn't just sheer off that paint 30 once we do it. So it won't even actually be on this project, it will be on 31 Walnut Phase 1, Phase 2. 32 33 Sanchez: Okay. Great. Thank you for that clarification. 34 35 Morrow: Any questions? 36 37 Sanchez: Not seeing any. So thank you. And just for the record, Councilor Sorg 38 joined us at 1:18 p.m. Okay. If there's no other input, I will ask Mr. Wray if 39 you would call the roll, please. 40 41 Wray: Yes Mr. Chair. Councilor Sorg. 42 43 Sorg: Yes. 44 45 Wray: Councilor Bencomo. 46 6 1 Bencomo: Yes. 2 3 Wray: Trustee Johnson-Burick. 4 5 J-Burick: Yes. 6 7 Wray: Commissioner Chaparro. 8 9 Chaparro: Yes. 10 11 Wray: Mr. Doolittle. 12 13 Doolittle: Yes. 14 15 Wray: Mr. Chair. 16 17 Sanchez: Yes. 18 19 Wray: Mr. Chair. The motion passes. 20 21 Sanchez: Thank you. Councilor Sorg you hit the ground running here already. 22 23 Sorg: Say that again please? 24 25 Sanchez: I said you're hitting the ground running here. As soon as you come in we're 26 ready for your vote. 27 28 Sorg: I'm in there. 29 30 Sanchez: Thank you for that. 31 32 8. DISCUSSION ITEMS 33 34 8.1 Title VI Plan Update Presentation 35 36 Sanchez: All right. We're now on to the discussion item portion of the agenda. We're 37 on to agenda item 8.1 the Title VI plan update presentation. 38 39 Wray: Mr. Chair. I'd like to introduce Mr. Dominic Loya who will give this 40 presentation. 41 42 Loya: Good afternoon Mr. Chair. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen of the 43 Policy Committee. Today we'll be discussing the Title VI plan. This is a 44 plan that is federally required. It's based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 45 49CFR Part 2. Historically, this has been part of the public participation 46 plan. The state put new guidelines out on it. It is to be updated every three 7 1 years now. At this time staff is not suggesting any changes. The state has 2 not come to us with any changes. And the new federal transportation bill 3 has not brought any changes forward. It is on the MPO website under the 4 core documents. We are currently soliciting any type of public participation 5 for it, public comment. So the timeline for this, we opened the public 6 comment on July 20th. It is a 45 day public comment period. August 17th 7 it will be a BPAC action item. On September 2nd, it will be a TAC action 8 item. And then on September 3rd, we will close public comment. On 9 September 8th, we will bring it before you and we will do a full discussion 10 on everything in the plan. I will now stand for questions. 11 12 Sanchez: Thank you Mr. Loya. Are there any questions for Mr. Loya? 13 14 Doolittle: Mr. Chair. 15 16 Sanchez: Mr. Doolittle. 17 18 Doolittle: Mr. Loya. I just have a quick question. So looking at your timeline, it goes 19 to action for BPAC and TAC before public comment closes. Is that so that 20 those two subcommittees can provide comment as part of that timeline? 21 22 Wray: Mr. Chair, Mr. Doodle. The intent is to allow those to serve as public 23 meetings at which members of the public can continue to provide comment. 24 If you'll notice, that's the pattern that we have is sometimes we do have to 25 stop public comment before the TAC, but we always at least have that final 26 BPAC meeting be a public comment meeting in addition to the initial 27 meetings. Because today is also technically available as a meeting for 28 public comment on the Title VI plan. But that's the pattern that we have is 29 we try to run the public comment periods for as long as we can. 30 31 Doolittle: Thank you Mr. Chair. 32 33 Sanchez: Thank you Mr. Doolittle. Are there any other questions for Mr. Loya? Thank 34 you sir. 35 36 Loya: Thank you Mr. Chair. 37 38 8.2 2020 Quality Assurance Review Presentation 39 40 Sanchez: Okay, we'll move on to discussion item 8.2, the 2020 quality assurance 41 review presentation. 42 43 Loya: Mr. Chair. That'll be presented by Mr. Andrew Wray. 44 45 Wray: Thank you Mr. Chair. The quality assurance review is an annual document 46 that the NMDOT puts together. It's kind of like an audit, but it's kind of an 8 1 audit light. But it is a review of MPO operations and MPO finances that is 2 undertaken by NMDOT on an annual basis. You have a full copy of the 3 2020 quality assurance review in your packets. And I hope that everyone 4 has had an opportunity to review that. If there are significant negative 5 findings within the quality assurance review, one of the remediation steps 6 that NMDOT does have at their disposal is to go ahead and trigger a full 7 audit of the MPO. 8 9 The only significant finding that we have in the 2020 quality assurance 10 review is that the Mesilla Valley MPO has not yet completed our update to 11 the Joint Powers Agreement. And in the 2020 quality assurance review 12 DOT does say that the JPA must be completed before the end of 2020. I 13 do have a longer update to provide on that later on in the meeting, so I'll 14 hold off on further information until that later update. 15 16 Additionally, MPO staff did express some concerns to NMDOT during the 17 QAR process regarding NMDOT Transit and Rail, specifically that portion 18 of NMDOT and their lack of engagement in the relationship between Mesilla 19 Valley MPO, El Paso MPO, and the South Central Regional Transit District. 20 This has been an issue of long standing. Unfortunately, this has been 21 something that we've been raising to NMDOT in the quality assurance 22 reviews for several years now. The specific points of issue are that because 23 SCRTD straddles the El Paso and Mesilla Valley boundaries, and their 24 operations take place in both, should they seek federal funding that needs 25 to go on the TIP which heretofore they have not, but I believe that at some 26 point they will need to. We have no ruling from NMDOT Transit and Rail as 27 to how that money has to be split between the two MPOs. Both of the 28 MPOs, both El Paso and Mesilla Valley staffs are in agreement that it would 29 be inappropriate to put all the money into either one TIP or the other 30 because the operations, not only are they straddling MPOs, they cross state 31 boundaries as well. And we're really not sure how the feds would react if 32 all of the money for one state ended up in the TIP of another. But 33 unfortunately, we have not received guidance from NMDOT Transit and Rail 34 as to how they wish for us to proceed. So we put that in there in the QAR 35 as kind of trying to put people on notice that this is an issue. We know that 36 this is an issue and we do not want to be the ones held responsible later on 37 when the feds start taking an interest in that. 38 39 Other than that, in spite of the JPA finding I kind of view this as being a 40 clean QAR for this MPO. It's the first pretty clean QAR that this MPO has 41 had, certainly in the time that I have been aware of the contents of the QARs 42 which stretches back about 10 years. So I would like to take this opportunity 43 to commend the rest of MPO staff for all the hard work that they put in, in 44 the extremely unusual circumstances of last year. And to congratulate them 45 and commend them for their work and keeping our operations up and 9 1 running and keeping us federally compliant with all of the applicable 2 regulations. With that, I will stop now for any questions. 3 4 Sanchez: Okay. Are there any questions for Mr. Wray regarding the QAR? 5 6 Doolittle: Mr. Chair. 7 8 Sanchez: Mr. Doolittle. 9 10 Doolittle: Thank you. I have a couple of comments or questions I guess. So first I'd 11 like to just talk about what Andrew was visiting on the transit and rail. So I 12 sit on the El Paso MPO and I'm part of the executive committee, and we're 13 currently reviewing the transit and rail funding distribution, because we have 14 Sun Metro, we have South Central RTD, we've got the County Transit 15 System. So the goal of the El Paso MPO is to try to have some sort of 16 guidance by the start of the fiscal year, which would be October 1st. I know 17 South Central RTD has been trying to seek funding in the previous fiscal 18 years. But I think all of us that are on the executive committee think that 19 that causes some burden on those who have already been tentatively 20 awarded those fundings. So I would encourage, if Andrew's not already, to 21 make sure you're speaking with the El Paso MPO to try to figure out how 22 we're doing it. I know they're in contact with Federal Transit, with Federal 23 Highway, and TXDOT also to try to figure out how we're going to distribute 24 those funds, who's actually eligible, I guess there's some interpretation 25 about who's even eligible. There's some discussion that even the UTEP on 26 campus transit program may be eligible for some of those funds. So this is 27 an ongoing discussion at both MPOs that seems to be getting more and 28 more complicated as they dive into it. But the goal is to have direction by 29 October 1st so that we can distribute next fiscal year's money. 30 31 And then the last comment or question I guess I have for Andrew and his 32 staff is I really appreciate all the information in the presentations that you 33 come to us with. But number seven, on the QAR talks about staff and board 34 committee members getting training and professional development. 35 Sometimes I don't know if it's a presentation or a training. So it may be 36 helpful if even on the agenda if it's listed as either training or presentation. 37 For instance, El Paso MPO we're required to have so much between 38 November and January. And I can use the trainings from here as long as 39 it's called that. I just don't know, sometimes I don't know if it's a presentation 40 to us or if we're truly being trained. So it may be helpful to have some 41 clarification on that. But I have to tell you, I appreciate, we spend a 42 substantial amount of time in our meetings getting presentations from you 43 all and I think it's beneficial. I think we just need to distinguish. So I 44 appreciate your time when you do that. Thank you Mr. Chair. 45 10 1 Wray: Mr. Chair, Mr. Doodle. I'll answer your second question first, because I've 2 got a follow up on the first topic. We will certainly do that. We will specify 3 in the agendas going forward which presentations are intended to be 4 trainings or not so that it will be very clear for everyone's benefit. With 5 regards to the RTD, I may have missed it in your statement. Has contact 6 been made with transit and rail yet from El Paso on the topic of the funding 7 distribution? Because I have not been contacted by anybody about 8 anything with regards to this topic at all. Which if there's going to be funding 9 allocation at some point I am going to need to be a part of that conversation. 10 So how far along and who has been involved in the conversation? Or are 11 you aware? 12 13 Doolittle: Mr. Chair, Andrew. I'm not really sure. Honestly, I know El Paso MPO staff 14 is taking the lead on that. It came up at executive committee about three 15 months ago, and we were supposed to get an update and we haven't yet. 16 17 Wray: I apologize, an update from NMDOT or an update from MPO staff about 18 that?. 19 20 Doolittle: El Paso MPO. 21 22 Wray: Okay. 23 24 Doolittle: I don't know if they've contacted that the DOT Transit and Rail I don't know 25 if they've been, what kind of discussions that they've had with TXDOT. All 26 I know is they're very aggressively seeking some guidance so that we can 27 be ready by October 1st. So you may want to talk to Eduardo just to see 28 what their progress is. 29 30 Wray: Thank you Mr. Doolittle. I will contact Eduardo about this directly. Thank 31 you. 32 33 Sanchez: Mr. Doolittle. And I'm hoping you might, and I appreciate that you've given 34 an update particularly around the El Paso MPO because I know this is 35 something that both the county and the City of Las Cruces have been 36 hearing from the RTD was trying to get funding, particularly because they 37 had just recently been awarded the, or at least since this current or I guess, 38 trying to get my timelines between federal and here, our State fiscal years. 39 But I guess technically in the state fiscal year, their fiscal year from last year, 40 they were awarded the 83 route, which is now their yellow line, coming from 41 El Paso to New Mexico specifically supporting Sun Metro. And I believe 42 that is really the kind of the crux of why they're saying if we've been 43 providing that, we/they have been providing the service, they should be part 44 of that conversation from the previous fiscal years. I don't know if it'll 45 happen. I know that's where we provided a letter of support from the county. 11 1 I believe the City was going to also be providing that as well. But you know 2 if we can get some clarity on that it'll definitely help the RTD going forward. 3 4 Doolittle: And Mr. Chair. I think that that's some of the direction they're trying to get. 5 But even during our executive committee, I have to be honest with you I 6 made the statement and I was supportive of not going back. And the reason 7 I say that is because when you've already been given you know the tentative 8 budget, even though it hasn't been allocated or encumbered, when you've 9 been given the tentative budget it's very difficult to go back and try to find 10 that gap of funding. So I understand that South Central RTD, may be 11 eligible. But the other concern is, again if they are eligible and we decide 12 to go back, does it go to the UTEP transit system? Does it go to the County 13 Transit System? But I just think and I've been personally impacted by 14 decisions where they go to this year's budget, and they take that money 15 away, and then they expect me to come up with that gap. And it puts a 16 burden on that municipality, that service provider to do that. So I'm a 17 proponent for trying to get as much money as we can for our transit 18 providers, but going back to even this fiscal year when we're already you 19 know in August and it ends in October, to take that away from Sun Metro I 20 think would put an unnecessary burden on them. So I understand that I just 21 think it's difficult to get to that point. 22 23 Sanchez: No I understand. I understand what where you're coming from. I'm just 24 saying I think that's why there's been that push to try to get it. But I think 25 really at the heart of it is they just want to make sure that if there is, you 26 know as long as there's clarity going forward and they're included, I think 27 that's really the goal they're trying to get to. If they could get additional funds 28 from the current federal fiscal year that would be great. But you know, I 29 think going forward as long as they're part of that consideration, I think that's 30 the part they're looking for. So I appreciate that comments. Thank you Mr. 31 Doolittle. 32 33 And Mr. Wray I would echo Mr. Doolittle's comments, in particular about you 34 know kind of where, the progress you've made over the last couple of years 35 and trying to make sure we're following all the guidelines. You know I can 36 see going through this QAR that you know you've made that changes, we're 37 not seeing really those repeat findings. So I'm appreciative of that and I 38 think anything else that's highlighted is just for us to continue to improve as 39 an MPO organization. So appreciate everything that you do and the staff, 40 so thank you for that. 41 42 Wray: Thank you Mr. Chair. 43 44 Sorg: Mr. Chair. 45 46 Sanchez: Councilor Sorg. 12 1 2 Sorg: Thank you. Is there any talk from any MPO about a commuter rail from Las 3 Cruces to El Paso and back? 4 5 Wray: Mr. Chair, Councilor Sorg. I apologize, the microphones in a little awkward 6 position. Councilor Sorg as of this time, no, that is not on the agenda 7 between El Paso and Mesilla Valley. The El Paso MPO is currently in the 8 early stages of their next MTP. I don't know since Mr. Doolittle is on the El 9 Paso TPB. He might be able to speak to this. I don't know if it's on their 10 radar, but I have not been contacted about that. We do have discussion of 11 commuter rail between Las Cruces and El Paso in our MTP that we adopted 12 last year. But this is very much a situation where it is going to take two to 13 tango and it's going to take impetus from the other side as well in order to 14 move that forward. And as of right now I don't know of any momentum in 15 that regard. 16 17 Sorg: Mr. Doolittle. Can you add anything? 18 19 Doolittle: Mr. Chair, Councilor Sorge. I tend to agree with Andrew. I have not heard 20 of any discussions in the El Paso MPO. I know that the DOT has been 21 approached on what our involvement is or what our support is. I'm not going 22 to say that there's not a need, but I will tell you that the department is not 23 an advocate for doing a commuter rail like we did with the Rail Runner up 24 north. I just don't think you'll ever get support or even funding from New 25 Mexico DOT. So it's going to have to either be a private or a supplemented 26 through a municipality or something like that, but it won't come from the 27 NMDOT. 28 29 Sorg: Maybe the federal government. 30 31 Doolittle: Potentially. 32 33 Sorg: Okay, thank you. Thank you Mr. Chairman. That's good. 34 35 Sanchez: Thank you Councillor Sorg. Thank you Mr. Doolittle. Okay, are there any 36 other. 37 38 J-Burick: Yes. Sorry. Thank you Chair. No, I just too would like to commend Andrew 39 and the staff for their continued improvements on the QAR and all that 40 they're doing, and especially with the challenges from last year that you 41 were faced with so good job. 42 43 Wray: That you got to struggle right alongside us since you were Chair last year. 44 45 J-Burick: Yes. Well, good job. Thank you. Thank you Chair. 46 13 1 Sanchez: Thank you Trustee Johnson-Burick. Okay. And just for the record 2 Commissioner Chaparro had to step away at 1:30 p.m. But we still maintain 3 a quorum here in the council chambers. 4 5 8.3 TAP, RTP, and CMAQ Presentation 6 7 Sanchez: Okay, we'll move on to agenda item Number 8.3, which is a whole alphabet 8 soup here. So we have the TAP, RTP, and CMAQ presentation. So the 9 Transportation Alternatives Program, the Recreational Trails Program, and 10 the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality improvement nonmandatory 11 presentation. 12 13 Wray: Thank you Mr. Chair. And yes it is quite the alphabet soup. I would at this 14 time like to reintroduce Mr. Dominic Loya, who's going to be giving this 15 presentation. 16 17 Loya: Good afternoon Mr. Chair, ladies and gentlemen of the Policy Committee. 18 So as stated before, we will be talking about the Transportation Alternatives 19 Program, the Recreational Trails Program, and then the Congestion 20 Mitigation Air Quality nonmandatory. So for the three of them there are two 21 separate processes. The Transportation Alternatives Program and the 22 Recreational Trails Program have similar process. And then the Congestion 23 Mitigation Air Quality program has its own separate process. We'll just go 24 ahead and go over the processes and the type of projects that can be 25 applied for each process, and then the timeline. 26 27 So for TAP and RTP, first thing is any jurisdiction applying needs to have 28 an ADA plan and a Title VI plan. Those are the first two things for period. 29 If neither of those plans exist, it's full stop, can't go forward anymore. 30 31 Doolittle: Mr. Chair. 32 33 Sanchez: Mr. Doolittle. 34 35 Doolittle: Can I ask a quick question? 36 37 Sanchez: Absolutely. 38 39 Doolittle: Do you know if any of our municipalities here in in the MPO boundaries have 40 a deficiency in their ADA or Title VI plan or are we all compliant? 41 42 Wray: Mr. Chair, Mr. Doolittle. As far as I'm aware of all of the member jurisdictions 43 of the Mesilla Valley MPO are up to date and compliant. 44 45 Doolittle: Okay. Thank you Mr. Chair. 46 14 1 Sy Proceed Mr. Loya. 2 3 Loya: So for the application, it's going to require a cover page, table of contents, 4 the project feasibility form, the project perspectives form, and then the TAP/ 5 RTP application. All of those can be found online with a link to NMDOT on 6 our website. So there's also a resolution of sponsorship. So this requires 7 a proof of match, the budget to pay all costs up front, and then 8 acknowledgement of maintenance responsibilities. Then any of their letters 9 of support regarding right-of-way of anything that crosses basically 10 jurisdictions. So if it's on NMDOT right-of-way you'd have to have a letter 11 of support from NMDOT. Basic map, and then any type of plan that 12 supports the project. So if it's in the CIP, if it's in any type of master plan, 13 that needs to be included for scoring. 14 15 So we have a list of the types of projects. These are specific to each one, 16 and then there's many projects that just crossover and you choose which 17 pot of money to apply from. So TAP projects are specifically for sidewalks, 18 streetscape improvements, bike racks, traffic calming, bike/ped education, 19 SRTS coordinator, and then bike share capital costs. RTP projects are for 20 motorized trails for off road vehicles, trail maintenance, trail side and trail 21 head facilities, bridges and tunnels for motorized or equestrian trails, 22 general education programs, and then lease of trail construction and 23 maintenance equipment. And as I said there's a whole list of ones that 24 actually you can choose which one you want to apply for. 25 26 And then we have the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality application process. 27 This one also requires the ADA plan and the Title VI plan, and the project 28 minimum has to be $500,000.00. And then there's a few other requirements 29 that we'll get to here in a minute. It requires a table of contents, project 30 feasibility form, project projection form, the application form, then the 31 resolution sponsorship as well, letters of support, the basic map, and then 32 a By America certification. So this is one of the big ones, the projected 33 budget, and then the documents again supporting it, whatever plans it's in. 34 And then projects that can go along with this are to facilitate automobile 35 travel, road diets, promotion of new or existing services, vanpools, transit 36 fare subsidies, new transit vehicles, intelligent transportation, systems 37 (ITS), or traffic calming measures. 38 39 So the timeline for this, applications are due to MPO staff on August 27th, 40 so at the end of this month. In the first half of September, we will be meeting 41 with NMDOT and the applicants for the project feasibility meeting that will 42 be done with Mr. Harold Love. We'll set those meetings up within the first 43 two weeks of September. On September 21st, it'll go to the BPAC. On 44 October 7th, it'll be a TAC action item. And then on October 13th, it'll come 45 before you as a Policy Committee action item. And then October 29th, we 46 will make sure they're uploaded to NMDOT. I'll now stand for questions. 15 1 2 Sanchez: Thank you Mr. Loya. Are there any questions? 3 4 J-Burick: Chair. 5 6 Sanchez: Trustee Johnson-Burick. 7 8 J-Burick: Yes, thank you. I've been on this committee for a few years now, but 9 cannot recall hearing the terminology a "road diet." Can you please explain 10 what a road diet is? 11 12 Loya: Certainly. Mr. Chair and Trustee Johnson-Burick. So a road diet is actually 13 a shrinking of the road. It's just number of lanes. So if you have a five lane 14 road that no longer needs to be a five lane road, you can move it down to 15 three lanes and add in other amenities such as bike lanes, wider sidewalks, 16 things like that. If you remember South Solano used to be four lanes. Now 17 they did a road diet, it's now three lanes. Main Street I believe is getting 18 ready to go through a road diet. So it'll be just shrinking of the lanes due to 19 different factors. 20 21 J-Burick: Thank you. I thought as much but I just wanted to be sure. So thank you. 22 Thank you Chair. 23 24 Sanchez: Thank you Trustee. Are there any other questions for Mr. Loya? And I just 25 assume all these timelines have been communicated to the member 26 municipalities of the MPO? 27 28 Loya: That is correct Mr. Chair. 29 30 Sanchez: Okay. Very good. All right. Thank you sir. 31 32 Loya: Thank you Mr. Chair. 33 34 8.4 Joint Powers Agreement Update Presentation 35 36 Sanchez: All right. So we'll move on to agenda item 8.4 the Joint Powers Agreement 37 update. 38 39 Loya: Mr. Andrew Wray will present this Mr. Chair. 40 41 Wray: Thank you Mr. Chair. I am finally in the happy position to report to the Policy 42 Committee that we will finally have a public presentation of the JPA draft at 43 the September 2021 meeting. So bring your blankets and popcorn. It'll be 44 lots and lots of fun. But I do want to, I make light, but I do want to commend 45 the JPA subcommittee for all the hard work and patience that they have 46 done up to this point to get us here. There are some significant substantive 16 1 changes that have been brought forward as part of this JPA draft. Some of 2 them significant enough that it is going to require a new MOA to be created 3 to exist between the MPO as an entity and the City of Las Cruces as an 4 entity. So for the Town and county representatives that are here, when I 5 bring this before your governing boards respectively, I'm not going to be 6 bringing the MOA alongside of it as I will be doing with the City of Las Cruces 7 The City is going to be taking action on two items, an MOA and the JPA just 8 because some of the changes that have been brought forward are 9 significant enough to warrant a clarification of the dispensation of the 10 relationship between the MPO and the City of Las Cruces. I don't really 11 want to go into any further detail as to the specific provisions yet as I'm still 12 working with the City of Las Cruces on developing the MOA. But one way 13 or the other I will be giving a presentation on this topic at the next meeting. 14 I've already broadcasted that to everybody. So I can't be stopped at this 15 point because as I said in the QAR presentation, NMDOT has now handed 16 down a deadline, they want this to be done by the end of this year, which 17 was initially a bit of a concern because I know that most of us are aware of 18 the process through which we're going to have to do, but just for everyone's 19 benefit in case anyone is not. Once we have the draft, once I present the 20 draft next month, I will then bring it back for action to this committee at the 21 October Policy Committee meeting. So I hope the committee will vote 22 approval. Once I have approval from the MPO Policy Committee, I will then 23 take it to the Town, the County, and the City of Las Cruces for approval. 24 Once those governing boards have approved it, then it will need to go to the 25 State of New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. That is 26 not going to be possible to get done before the end of this calendar year. It 27 takes DFA three to six months to get things done. So I reached out to 28 NMDOT and said will we be held to be compliant with your requirements if 29 we get our end of things done before the end of this year? And they said 30 yes. So that is that is our goal, that is what we're going to try to do, is we're 31 going to get Policy Committee, County Commission, Town Board, City 32 Council approval of the JPA draft done and submitted to DFA before the 33 end of this year, and NMDOT will accept that as being compliant with their 34 requirements. So does anybody have any questions or comments or 35 anything of that nature? 36 37 Sanchez: Mr. Doolittle. 38 39 Doolittle: Mr. Chair. I just want to thank Andrew. I mean he complimented the 40 committee itself. But honestly he's the one who coordinated all the 41 meetings with the attorneys, with City manager. Very frequently spoke on 42 behalf of the subcommittee connecting all of our disjointed thoughts into 43 very, very good communication. So I just want to thank you. Thank you 44 Andrew for all your hard work coordinating all of this mess and trying to get 45 it organized, it's been a difficult chores. He's done a great job and I 46 appreciate it. 17 1 2 Wray: Thank you Mr. Doolittle. I appreciate that. On that note though, just one 3 thing. As we're all aware the federal government is in, we hope, the final 4 stages of approving the next transportation authorization bill, which I hope 5 has a more snazzy name than the one that they're giving it right now, it does 6 not roll off the tongue. The requirements that are actually already in place 7 that this MPO was in default of, that's one of the reasons why the JPA was 8 such a big issue for the state and the feds, is that we have to review our 9 JPA at time of new authorization legislation being passed by Congress. I'm 10 going to make the case to NMDOT and I hope that they will accept that we 11 are in process of doing this JPA at the same time that the new legislation is 12 being done. So I hope that we don't have to have an agenda item sometime 13 early next year just to reauthorize what we already did. But we'll go into 14 more detail about that in the presentation next month. But I did want to 15 mention that because I don't want to do this again anytime ever, ever, I 16 mean in the near future, but ever again. So are there any further questions? 17 18 Sanchez: Looks good. It's wonderful news that we've got the JPA to move forward. 19 And Amen. I'm all for popcorn and live for the next meeting. 20 21 Wray: It is of necessity going to be a bit of a deep dive. And I believe next month's 22 meeting is probably already going to be a bit of a long one as it is. So just 23 so that everybody is aware of that you probably come and bring stuff to 24 make yourself comfortable for a bit. But I hope that we will have good 25 conversation and dialogue, not just between myself and the committee but 26 also between members of the subcommittee and the rest of the committee 27 kind of explaining and elaborating the rationale behind some of the things 28 that will be in there. 29 30 Sanchez: Very good. All right. Thank you Mr. Wray. Appreciate it. 31 32 8.5 NMDOT Update 33 34 Sanchez: Okay, then we're on to 8.5, the NMDOT update. Mr. Doolittle. 35 36 Doolittle: Thank you Mr. Chair. Just a couple quick updates on our projects, 37 University/I-25, if you've driven through there lately they've actually shifted 38 some traffic to the to the eastbound lanes. So we're running on both bridges 39 now. We did add a little bit of time to the contract because of some COVID 40 issues and some additional work. If you've driven on 1-25 you'll notice that 41 we've done some pavement under the interchange, but there's one section 42 that they skipped and that's because we're going to have to do some full 43 depth reconstruction in that area. It's just past the point pavement 44 preservation. So there's a few things like that, that we've had to add time. 45 Contract time on that project will end towards the end of September. And 46 then of course we'll have some punch list work and those kinds of things, 18 1 some landscaping, but all of the traffic impacts for the most part should be 2 out of the way in the next four to five weeks or so. Really nice project. I'm 3 really pleased with the way it's turning out and the way it looks like. I 4 appreciate the partnership that we have with the City and with NMSU on the 5 landscaping. It's going to be a very aesthetically pleasing, welcoming 6 monument to the City itself. And so good project for the community. 7 8 New Mexico 404 1-10 interchange, that's the Anthony gap, that one 9 continues to move along very well. If you've been out there the are new 10 ramps are in place. You're starting to kind of see the alignment. We're still 11 working on the bridges, but that project's moving along very well. 12 13 And then the other one that I typically don't touch on that I want to just 14 because it seems like we're doing a lot of work in town, is we're doing a lot 15 of maintenance work. So we just finished doing some pavement 16 preservation at the Dona Ana interchange, which honestly caused some 17 problems with the traffic flows. 18 19 We're in the process of doing the ramps at Lohman. 20 21 And then we just started, we'll start this week, we're going to do some crack 22 sealing on 1-10 between the 1-10/1-25 interchange and the Texas state line. 23 All of those are maintenance projects, through price agreement with the 24 contractor, but they're all maintenance work. We're really trying to finish 25 one before we move to the other, but it just seems like we're running right 26 through town and hitting every major interchange. But most of that work, 27 actually all of that work we're doing at night. So we're trying to minimize the 28 impacts that way. I don't think I have anything else Mr. Chair unless the 29 committee has any questions for me. 30 31 Sorg: I just wanted to comment, Mr. Chair that I'm looking forward to the 32 University/I-25. interchange there being done too. It looks awesome. 33 Thank you. 34 35 Sanchez: And just in time for the fall semester and football and basketball. So we're 36 looking forward to it. 37 38 Doolittle: Correct. We're actually coordinating within NMSU police because we're not 39 going to quite be ready for the UTEP NMSU game. So we're trying to get 40 some traffic control and some of those things set up. I'm working with 41 NMSU police to try to do a coordination meeting to see how much we can 42 get open, but it will not be fully open by August 24th or 28th when the football 43 game is. So I was joking with the deputy chief, I don't know how hard it is 44 to get 20 cars in and out of there, but that's what they're going to try to do. 45 46 Sorg: Mr. Chair. 19 1 2 Sanchez: Councilor Sorg. 3 4 Sorg: I have a meeting at two o'clock. I'm going to have to duck out here. 5 6 Sanchez: Okay. Very good. Thank you for joining us. All right. Are there any other 7 questions for Mr. Doolittle? Okay not seeing any. Thank you Mr. Doolittle. 8 9 Doolittle: Thank you Mr. Chair. 10 11 9. COMMITTEE AND STAFF COMMENTS 12 13 Sanchez: Okay, we're on to committee and staff comments. Are there any at this time 14 Mr. Wray? 15 16 Wray: Yes, Mr. Chair. From staff, I am very pleased to be able to, after literally a 17 years' long endeavor, to introduce to you Mr. Paul Amend who is the new 18 associate transportation planner for the MPO. His primary responsibility as 19 is customary with this position is oversight and coordination of the MPO 20 traffic count program. He's also going to be working closely with the City 21 and the County and the Town on development review and other such 22 activities as I come up and decide that I want to delegate them to him. But 23 traffic count program will be his primary responsibility. And we're very 24 happy to have Mr. Amend here with us. 25 26 A second item that I want to update everybody, we do have an upcoming 27 short range transit plan for RoadRUNNER Transit that is, the meeting itself 28 is going to be on August 25th. That will be a Zoom meeting. There has 29 been some concern and confusion expressed to me since that meeting was 30 announced about the links to the Zoom. I believe that those have gotten 31 straightened out on the City's website now, according to information that I 32 got this morning. But you do need to go to the City's website. We will also 33 update our website with the corrected information and get registered for the 34 meetings in order to be able to participate. Those two meetings will be at 35 12 o'clock and six o'clock on August 25th. And during that week there will 36 be storyboards and other supporting materials that are going to be in the 37 Move It Center that will be available for public review at any time during that 38 week. So please go participate in the meetings, please review the 39 materials. This is a very significant part in kind of the operational cycle of 40 RoadRUNNER Transit. So we definitely value everybody's input in that 41 process. 42 43 And then the last thing that I wanted to mention was actually follows up on 44 what Mr. Doolittle mentioned, it has been a year, really since we have been 45 able to meet in person and engage in MPO discussions and activities. So I 46 just wanted to remind all the members of the committee that MPO staff is 20 1 available to meet and discuss MPO matters with you at any time, just 2 contact us to set up a meeting. We're happy to do so. Because of COVID 3 we have not yet been able to meet with Commissioner Chaparro or 4 Commissioner Trujillo just because it was physically not possible for us to 5 meet. So we're happy to meet with not only our new commissioners, but 6 any of the other members who would like to have an MPO refresher, we're 7 happy to do that at any time. And that concludes staff comments, Mr. Chair. 8 9 Sanchez: Thank you Mr. Wray. Appreciate it. And I appreciate this ability to interact. 10 And I think the only thing I was going to ask and I think we've talked about 11 it right before the start of this meeting, if you wouldn't mind or the staff 12 wouldn't mind to be able to send a new meeting invite to the members of 13 the MPO just so that way we all have it on our calendars. 14 15 Wray: Yes Mr. Chair. And I apologize. I meant to mention that and I didn't write it 16 down on my list. When I had to go make a phone call during the meeting, 17 and I actually went and checked in, I have to apologize to the members of 18 the committee. I did make an error in sending out the meeting invitation for 19 today's meeting, so we will get that corrected. And we will get that back on 20 the routine that we'd had it before previously. But that was my mistake. So 21 I apologize for that. 22 23 Sanchez: Thank you sir. Are there any other questions for Mr. Wray from his 24 comments? 25 26 Doolittle: Mr. Chair. 27 28 Sanchez: Mr. Doolittle. 29 30 Doolittle: One thing that just came to mind when Andrew was talking about his 31 vacancies in hiring. I just want you all to know that we are also in the 32 process of filling the local government coordinator with the DOT. That's a 33 position that Debbie Hudson had for a while and then M.J. Valdez had for a 34 while, and it's been vacant for about a year. We're not ready to quite make 35 the announcement. We've done interviews, we're working on the tentative 36 selection. So instead of working with Andres we'll actually have a 37 designated contact. 38 39 And then the other thing I wanted you all to be aware of is with all of the 40 money our locals are receiving in the January 2020 legislative session, we 41 got approval to hire a local government supervisor. So we'll actually have 42 a two person group that will handle all of our local government coordination. 43 So once we get that one, we just got approval to fill that one two weeks ago, 44 so it only took us 19 months to get from creation to advertisement. But you 45 all will have two folks to work with rather than Andres. But exciting news for 21 1 us. Lots of money coming your way. And we look forward to working with 2 you all. Thank you Mr. Chair. 3 4 Sanchez: Thank you Mr. Doolittle. 5 6 10. PUBLIC COMMENT 7 8 Sanchez: All right. We are now open up for public comment. Is there any remaining 9 public comment:? Mr. Pearson, come on down. 10 11 Pearson: Thank you. I'm George Pearson. I am the Chair of the BPAC. But today 12 I'm speaking just as a member of the public. I appreciated the presentation 13 on the TAP, RTP and CMAQ applications that are available. And I'd like to 14 encourage each member entity to take advantage of that. The Town of 15 Mesilla has been making good progress using TAP funds to build trails in 16 the Town areas. So I believe that they're still continuing with that. And 17 that's very much appreciated by everybody that uses that. 18 19 The City Las Cruces has been using TAP to advance the Active 20 Transportation Plan. That's very good use of that fund. And I hope that we 21 continue with that. I understand the City's just hired an Active 22 Transportation coordinator, so looking forward to seeing those types of 23 projects advanced. The CMAQ funding, I just found out through the 24 presentation that it's a large chunk of money that you have to apply for. I 25 had been thinking implementing a bike share program would be good 26 congestion mitigation, air quality, bike share that just goes hand in hand. I 27 don't know maybe a TAP project for that. The RTP, the City has prior 28 applied for RTP but I've heard that they're not intending to apply this go 29 around. So this might be an opportunity for the county to jump in and make 30 a good application. Doing a trail that extends the La Llorona Trail that is 31 part of the Rio Grande Trail might be a good use of that funds. I'd love to 32 see dam to dam from Mesilla to Leasburg. But maybe we can get a small 33 part of that. And this might be an opportunity to come and do that this year, 34 it's getting two birds with one stone with that one. These monies are pretty 35 much cheap as far as matching fund requirements, it's something just under 36 15%. So I hope that the member jurisdictions will follow up on that and do 37 something that will advance the bike/ped infrastructure in Dona Ana County. 38 Thank you. 39 40 Sanchez: Thank you Mr. Pearson. And just so you're aware, I know one of the things 41 we're in preliminary stages in the county, not all the way to Leasburg dam, 42 but we are starting to explore from the La Llorona Trail to Shalem Colony to 43 the Blacks Bridge, and looking at possibly having a small park there as well. 44 So that will kind of be an extension of the Rio Grande Trail, but it's in the 45 very preliminary stages. So this will be something else we can look at. 46 We've also kind of started having discussions or looking at also the Land 22 1 and Water Conservation Fund. So trying to see where we can maximize 2 our dollars here locally through the federal government or the state 3 government as well. So we appreciate it. 4 5 11. ADJOURNMENT (2:03 PM) 6 7 Sanchez: All right. We're on to the most exciting part of the meeting, the adjournment. 8 Can I get a motion and a second? 9 10 Bencomo: Motion to adjourn. 11 12 J-Burick: Second. 13 14 Sanchez: Thank you Councilor Bencomo. That was a motion by Councilor Bencomo, 15 second by Trustee Johnson-Burick. I'm trying to remember do we do roll 16 call or just, now that we've got a motion do we just ... 17 18 Wray: Mr. Chair. You can just dismiss the meeting by fiat now. 19 20 Sanchez: Very good. Then I will call for an adjournment at 2:03 p.m. I did want to 21 just a reminder for our members, the next meeting is September 8th at 1:00 22 p.m. here in the City council chambers. So thank you all for joining 23 24 25 26 27 A 'Al, 28 Ch. re 23 1 MESILLA VALLEY METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION 2 BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE 3 4 The following are minutes for the meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory 5 Committee of the Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) which was 6 held July 20, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. in Commission Chambers at Dona Ana County 7 Government Building, 845 Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico. 8 9 MEMBERS PRESENT: George Pearson, Chair (City of Las Cruces Citizen Rep) 10 Andrew Bencomo (Pedestrian Community Citizen Rep) 11 Albert Casillas (Dona Ana County Staff Rep) 12 Ashleigh Curry (Town of Mesilla Citizen Rep) 13 Marcia Davis (Dona Ana County Citizen Rep) 14 Dona Devine (Bicycle Community Citizen Rep) 15 Jack Kirby (NMSU Staff Rep) 16 Harold Love (NMDOT) 17 Rod McGillivray (Town of Mesilla Staff Rep) 18 Jess Waller (Bicycle Community Citizen Rep.) (arrived 5:04) 19 20 MEMBERS ABSENT: Hector Terrazas (City of Las Cruces Staff Rep) 21 22 STAFF PRESENT: Michael McAdams (MPO staff) 23 Dominic Loya (Planner) 24 25 OTHERS PRESENT: Becky Baum, Recording Secretary, RC Creations, LLC 26 27 28 1. CALL TO ORDER (5:00) 29 30 Pearson: So let's call this meeting of the Mesilla Valley MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian 31 Facilities Advisory committee to order. 32 33 2. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA 34 35 Pearson: So after the call to order we have approval of the agenda. We don't have 36 an entry for staff comments, entity updates, or member comments. So if 37 somebody wants to make an amendment to add that to our agenda at this 38 time, that's fine. So I'll entertain a motion to approve the agenda either as 39 is or as amended as committee wishes. 40 41 Curry: Mr. Chair. I would propose to amend it to add in the comments and 42 otherwise approve with amendments. 43 44 Pearson: I have a motion to approve the agenda with the addition after the second 45 public comment for entity updates, staff updates, the different member entity 1 1 reports, NMDOT reports, and any committee member comments. Is there 2 a second? 3 4 Bencomo: I second. 5 6 Pearson: So I have a motion in a second to approve an amended agenda. We'll do 7 a roll call. 8 9 McAdams: I can do a roll call. Ms. Curry. 10 11 Curry: Aye. 12 13 McAdams: Mr. Bencomo. 14 15 Bencomo: Aye. 16 17 McAdams: Mr. Casillas. 18 19 Pearson: He's behind you and just waived his hand, so aye. We'll take that as an 20 aye. 21 22 McAdams: Will say aye. Okay. Ms. Davis. 23 24 Davis: Aye. 25 26 McAdams: Ms. Devine. 27 28 Devine: Aye. 29 30 McAdams: Mr. Love. 31 32 Love: Aye. 33 34 McAdams: Mr. Kirby. 35 36 Kirby: Aye. 37 38 McAdams: Mr. McGillivray. 39 40 McGillivray: Aye. 41 42 McAdams: Mr. Terrazas. Mr. Waller. And Mr. Chair. 43 44 Pearson: Aye. 45 46 McAdams: It passes. 2 1 2 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 3 4 3.1 May 18, 2021 5 6 Pearson: Okay, after that we have approval of the minutes. Is there any discussion 7 on the minutes? Hearing no discussion. I'll hear a motion to approve the 8 minutes as presented. 9 10 Bencomo: So moved. 11 12 Curry: Second. 13 14 McAdams: Okay. 15 16 Pearson: We have a motion in a second to approve the minutes as presented. Roll 17 call vote please. 18 19 McAdams: Yes. Ms. Curry. 20 21 Curry: Aye. 22 23 McAdams: Mr. Bencomo. 24 25 Bencomo: Aye. 26 27 McAdams: Mr. Casillas. 28 29 Casillas: Yes. 30 31 McAdams: Ms. Davis. 32 33 Davis: Aye. 34 35 McAdams: Ms. Devine. 36 37 Devine: Aye. 38 39 McAdams: Mr. Love. 40 41 Love: Aye. 42 43 McAdams: Mr. Kirby. 44 45 Kirby: Aye. 46 3 1 McAdams: Mr. McGillivray. 2 3 McGillivray: Aye. 4 5 McAdams: Okay. Mr. Terrazas. Mr. Waller. And Mr. Chair. 6 7 Pearson: Aye. 8 9 McAdams: And the motion passes. 10 11 4. PUBLIC COMMENTS 12 13 Pearson: Okay. Our next item is public comment. Do we have any members of the 14 public that wish to make comments at this point? Seeing none. 15 16 5. DISCUSSION ITEMS 17 18 5.1 Title VI Plan Update, Public Comment Commencement 19 20 Pearson: We'll move on to our discussion items. 21 22 McAdams: And at this point I would like to introduce Mr. Dominic Loya, talk about the 23 Title VI program. Thank you. 24 25 DOMINIC LOYA GAVE HIS PRESENTATION. 26 27 Pearson: Just interrupt you for a moment to recognize that Mr. Waller has joined us 28 here. Thank you. Go ahead. Sorry about that. 29 30 DOMINIC LOYA CONTINUED HIS PRESENTATION. 31 32 Pearson: Okay, I'll just ask a question about the timeline. There's no conflict with still 33 having public comment open after we make our recommendations since the 34 Policy Committee makes their final decision after the close the public 35 comment. 36 37 Loya: That is correct, Mr. Chair. 38 39 Pearson: Okay. Any committee members? Okay, it looks like we've finished that 40 one. Thank you. 41 42 Loya: Thank you 43 44 6. PUBLIC COMMENT 45 4 1 Pearson: Now we're on to our second round of public comment. Are there any 2 members of the public that wish to make comment at this point? 3 4 Messenger: Greetings members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. 5 Although it's not 100% official, I believe I'm going to be the City of Las 6 Cruces Active Transportation Coordinator. So they just need to finalize 7 some paperwork. And then I also wanted to put in a plug if you all did not 8 know about this, we have a bike pop up project on Nevada between Triviz 9 and Walnut, and then south on Walnut along between Nevada and where it 10 becomes Idaho and then south on Idaho to Lees. And we had a nice ride 11 with some of the members in front of me last Saturday. So that's all I wanted 12 to say. Thank you very much. 13 14 Baum: Can you state your name for the record, please? 15 16 Messenger: Yes, sorry. I forgot. My name is Robert Messenger. And I'm currently in 17 Community Development at the City of Las Cruces. And hopefully, if 18 paperwork goes through the Active Transportation Coordinator. Thanks. 19 20 Baum: Thank you very much. 21 22 LOCAL ENTITIES, MPO, AND NMDOT UPDATES 23 24 Pearson: Okay, do we have any staff comments? 25 26 McAdams: We had just one, I guess we announce it. We have finally been able to hire 27 our assistant planner, and he will be in on Monday. So we hope that at your 28 next meeting you can be able to meet him then. 29 30 Pearson: Okay. Thank you. Okay, Town of Mesilla do you have any updates to share 31 with us? 32 33 McGillivray: Nothing to report. 34 35 Pearson: Okay. County. 36 37 Casillas: Yes Chair. Just real quick, a quick announcement. The award for the 38 design and engineering services for the Elks Drive multiuse trail is 39 scheduled for July 27th for approval. The award went out to Wilson and 40 Company. So we do expect to begin working on that project with the 41 consultant in August. 42 43 Pearson: Okay. And I believe the City's absent. NMDOT do you have anything to 44 share with us today? 45 5 1 Love: I got some traffic updates for you. Work on I-25/University continues. They 2 are milling and paving on 1-25 so you'll see lane drops going through that 3 area. And they're still looking to try to be finished by August. 4 5 I-25/Dona Ana coming up this week there's going to be night work. They're 6 going to be milling and paving the ramps. On the 21st they're going to be 7 doing the northbound on and off ramps, and they'll be closed while they're 8 paving. And on the 23rd they're going to be doing the southbound on and 9 off ramps at the Dona Ana interchange. And all this work will be night work. 10 11 US 70 at Mesa Grande and at Del Rey, the contractor will be out there 12 replacing curb ramps. 13 14 And New Mexico 404/1-10. The interstate work continues and there'll be 15 lane closures on 1-10. And that's all I have. 16 17 Pearson: Okay, thank you. I had a question about the 404 project. I haven't seen 18 any of the plans so I'm not sure, but is there going to be a bicycle lane or 19 something on the connection from 1-25 to whatever it is, War Road or MLK 20 Boulevard, whatever it's called out there? 21 22 Love: Definitely. 23 24 Pearson: Okay. Thank you. 25 26 Curry: Mr. Chair. I have a question for Mr. Love if I may. Mr. Love, I just wanted 27 to follow up since you're here. Is there any update on the improved safety 28 crossing on Valley at the Outfall Channel multiuse trail? 29 30 Love: The work that we were looking at trying to do kind of been put on the back 31 burner with all the weather that we've been having, all our maintenance 32 work because the work it's going to be done with maintenance forces. And 33 so we're hoping that as things settle down, then we'll be able to get back to 34 those kind of activities. 35 36 Curry: Thank you. 37 38 Pearson: Okay. NMSU. 39 40 Kirby: No updates from NMSU. 41 42 Pearson: Okay. Any committee member comments? 43 44 Bencomo: Mr. Chair. 45 46 Pearson: Okay. 6 1 2 Bencomo: I do have a question for NMSU. Has there have been, I know previously 3 we talked about them providing maybe a multiuse trail through the 4 university, maybe bike path, bike lanes, whatever, probably down Wells we 5 talked about because they now connected the new trail that goes under 6 University connects to Sisbarro Park and then you can go through the park 7 and come out on the other side on Wells. Is there any discussion on 8 creating some kind of connectivity down west and then maybe down Sam 9 Steel to the Union path down there? Anything about that? 10 11 Kirby: There has been discussion. I wouldn't say there's been progress. The 12 planning department is aware of it, aware of the need. And I've reported 13 before but it's been a while, probably at least a year, but it's still the same 14 status of, okay we're aware, we'll take it into consideration and there's been 15 no forward movement on it. 16 17 Bencomo: Okay. Thank you. 18 19 Pearson: Okay. Thank you. I guess I'll just reiterate, if anybody has a bicycle can go 20 out and try out the pop up bike project the City set up. They had painted 21 some green. They got wiped out by that big storm a week ago, but they put 22 some of the green back so you get some of the feeling of what a green lane 23 might help. And the white lanes, they must have used regular paint on that 24 because they stayed after the rain, and I think it's a good improvement for 25 that facility and I look forward to seeing future facilities of that type. Okay, 26 if there's no other comments. I'll hear a motion. 27 28 Curry: Mr. Chair. I actually do have one more comment if I may. I just wanted to 29 update the committee for the school district. We received a $30,000.00 30 grant from an organization called Riding for Focus, which is the specialized 31 bike company. And so Lynn Middle School, which is one of our community 32 schools will be receiving 30 rock carpet mountain bikes, and a 12 week 33 program for all of the students. It's a bike education program for all of the 34 students at Lynn. They'll implement the program for two years. And then 35 after that we'll get to keep the bikes. So hopefully, in conjunction with that 36 pop up bike lane that has just been put in in front of Lynn, it's really nice 37 timing to be adding some really great in depth bike education to middle 38 schools. 39 40 Pearson: Okay, thank you. And if they're no other comments. 41 42 7. ADJOURNMENT (5:14) 43 44 Pearson: I'll hear a motion adjourn the regular session. 45 46 Curry: So moved. 7 1 2 Bencomo: Second. 3 4 Pearson: We have a motion and a second to adjourn. So thank you are joining from 5 our regular meeting. 6 7 8 9 10 11 Chairperso 8