PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING

Meeting Minutes

January 21, 2009

MEMBERS ATTENDING

 

Bradley Birge, City of Saratoga Springs

Wayne Bonesteel, representing Fred Howard, Rensselaer County

Peter Comenzo, Town of Rotterdam

Frank Commisso, Albany Port Commission

Todd Fabozzi, representing Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission

Stephen Feeney, Schenectady County

Michael Franchini, Albany County (Chairman)

Robert Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Steve Iachetta, Albany Airport Authority

Barbara McHugh, Town of Clifton Park

Mike Morelli, Town of Bethlehem

Rosemary Nichols, City of Watervliet

Marybeth Pettit, City of Rensselaer

Paul Reuss, Village of Menands

Bill Roehr, City of Troy

Dede Rudolph, City of Albany

Bernie Sisson, City of Schenectady

Mike Valentine, Saratoga County

Steve Watts, Town of Halfmoon

Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority (Vice-Chair)

 

STAFF AND OTHERS

 

Anne Benware, Capital District Transportation Committee

Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Jennifer Ceponis, Capital District Transportation Committee

Christina Douglas, Clough Harbour and Associates

Shelly Johnston, Creighton Manning Engineering

David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee

Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee

Larry Mulvaney, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee

Glenn Posca, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee

Ron Shaffer, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Deborah Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

 

 

VISITORS ISSUES

 

Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately 9:35 am.  There were no visitor’s issues.  However, Bob Hansen provided a response to a visitor’s inquiry from the January 14th meeting, regarding NYSDOT’s response to a shooting incident that closed I-90 in Albany.  Bob reported that the NYS Police had the lead on handling this incident, including the closing of roads.  However, there was an issue with the variable message signs (VMS) on I-90.  Verizon’s connection had been interrupted prior to the incident, which made NYSDOT’s modems inoperable.  The VMS’s were not up and

running during the incident.  NYSDOT is working on installing their own fiber optic cable which would take care of this type of issue in the future.

 

Action Items

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

Approval of the January 14, 2008 Meeting Minutes

 

The meeting notes from the January 14th meeting were approved with one correction—Mike Morelli is affiliated with the Town of Bethlehem, not the city of Albany.

 

 

2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS

 

Economic Stimulus Package

 

David Jukins reminded members that the proposed list of Stimulus Projects (previously distributed) reflects the agreement that was made by members to accelerate projects currently on the TIP (that can be obligated in 180 days).  Although a firm figure has not been released, NYSDOT is assuming that there will be around $100M in Stimulus Funds available for Region 1 road and bridge projects; additional monies will be available for transit, airport and port projects.  Buy America, Minority and DBE rules will also be a requirement for the use of stimulus funds, rather than a guideline.  Any approved stimulus funds will be available as reimbursement, so localities will have to front the money for projects.  Stimulus projects cannot have unresolved ROW or utility components.

 

The distributed list of projects is a fairly robust list heavily tilted toward local efforts.  When the money is programmed, it must be used or the region will lose it.  Those regions that spend monies initially programmed will be in a better position to receive more dollars if a round two funding package goes forward.

 

Air Quality Conformity: Five projects on the draft list of projects are “non-exempt” projects.  Chris O’Neill explained that non-exempt projects trigger Air Quality Conformity Analysis requirements, which is a lengthy process and could jeopardize funding of all of the region’s stimulus projects.  Based on this, it is recommended that these five projects be dropped from the draft list of projects that will likely be submitted for the stimulus package.  It was also noted that a subset of these five projects has ROW and environmental issues, so it would be unlikely that they could be obligated in the 180 day time frame required under the Stimulus guidelines.

 

Members approved the draft list of candidate Federal Stimulus package projects, excluding the five non-exempt projects that Chris O’Neill identified in a handout, for release for public review.  This list will be distributed, with any modifications

resulting from the public review, to the Policy Board in March.  Members also approved the amendment to the 2009 Economic Stimulus Program (ESP) Amendment that states that “if ESP funding is not approved, or if certain projects are deemed ineligible for the new funding, then projects shown in CDTC’s 2007-12 TIP should revert to their previous status on the TIP and projects that are currently not shown on the 2007-12 TIP should not gain TIP status in the absence of Economic Stimulus Program funding”. 

 

Public Participation Guidelines: Jason Purvis reported that CDTC’s adopted Public Participation Guidelines require a 60 day public review period for the draft TIP.  It was questioned if the draft list of stimulus projects triggered the 60 day review requirement or a 30 day review period, required for TIP Amendments.  Jason noted that a 60 day public review period would not fit well with the deadlines for submitting a final list of stimulus projects to the Policy Board and Federal Government.  After some discussion, the Planning Committee agreed that a 30-day public review period would be appropriate, which is consistent with other MPO areas around the nation and CDTC’s guidelines for TIP amendments. The draft list of candidate projects to be funded by the anticipated Federal Economic Stimulus Package and accompanying documentation will be posted on CDTC’s website by 3:00PM on Friday January 23, 2009.

 

Other TIP Amendments

 

NYSDOT distributed information regarding an amendment to TIP Project R241—CR 49 (East Union) over the Wynantskill Creek. The cost of this project is reduced by $30,000.  In addition, the listing in the current TIP reads “… over Unnamed Creek” and the listing will now read “… over Wynantskill Creek”.  No formal action is necessary.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE

 

Material on salmon colored paper was distributed to replace tables that were previously mailed to members.  This new handout displays TIP allocations proposed by NYSDOT, which were derived using new allocation formulas.  The new formulas essentially move money from STP Flex into HBRR (bridges).  Table A compares the allocations based on the old formulas and the new formula, and also shows a comparison with the existing TIP.  CDTA noted that the table does not include FTA allocations to CDTA.  Total dollars are less than what is shown in the current TIP mainly due to rescissions. It was noted that these funding formulas could change during the next TIP update.  It was also mentioned that one of the recommendations resulting from CDTC’s certification review identified a need to cooperatively develop and share information related to financial

plans in the TIP development process. Members approved the new allocation formulas represented by Column 2 in Table A.

 

Discussions moved to Table 3, Products of Community Planning Studies, in the previously distributed material. Each of the 10 projects identified in Table 3 was discussed in turn:

 

Project A240—I87 Exit 3: NYSDOT recommends splitting the job into ROW and bridge work ($28.7M) using IM and DEMO funds and agreed to program the second phase in the post TIP using NHS.

Project A242—Slingerlands ByPass: this project should drop off the TIP since it is considered complete.

Project A290—Selkirk Bypass: The town of Bethlehem is completing a

feasibility assessment for the interchange portion of this project and requests that this project be kept on the 2009-14 TIP until a determination is made as to whether the interchange is feasible or not.

Project A295—New Karner Road: This project continues to be deferred and the figures in both the existing and 2009-14 TIP should remain unchanged.

Project A296Maxwell Road: It is proposed to increase the amount in the committed column of this project by $1.436M.  This project is a Stimulus Candidate.

Project A372Watervliet Shaker Road Phase 2: This project was recently completed.  The dollars remaining are for incidentals.

Project A453-Watervliet Shaker Road Phase 3: This is a “post-TIP” project.  This project is a Stimulus Candidate.

Project SA108/S96Balltown Road: An additional $16.755M has been added to this project, with $15.89M in the Post TIP.  Project parameters are still uncertain.

Project SA109/S120Glenridge Road: The funding for this project decreased by $0.236M between the 2007-12 and the 2009-14 TIPs. This project is starting to move forward and is being submitted as a stimulus candidate.

Project S97—Route 50: The retention of this project with no funding amounts establishes a commitment to the project.  Improvements to this corridor have been recommended in two subsequent linkage studies.

 

Members voted to approve Table 3 as shown.

 

The timetable for adoption of the 2009-14 TIP was discussed.  A mid-month meeting in February will be necessary, if material is to be sent to the Policy Board in time for their action on March 5th.  The UPWP also needs Planning Committee review and action by February 4th, which will provide a 30 day review period prior to Policy Board Action.  The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 4th.  The mid-month February Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 18th at 9:30am.

 

 

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:10 p.m. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

John P. Poorman

Secretary