PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING

Meeting Minutes

August 4, 2010

 

MEMBERS ATTENDING

 

Melissa Ashline-Heil, City of Cohoes

Wayne Bonesteel, Rensselaer County

Peter Comenzo, Town of Rotterdam

Frank Commisso, Albany Port District Commission

Michael Franchini, Albany County (Chairman)

Robert Hansen, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Steve Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority

Andrew Kreshik, City of Troy

Joe LaCivita, Town of Colonie

Mike Morelli, Town of Bethlehem

Rosemary Nichols, City of Watervliet

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)

Paul Reuss, Village of Menands

Deidre Rudolph, City of Albany

Phil Serafino, representing Bill Rinaldi, NYS Thruway Authority

 

STAFF AND OTHERS

 

Frank Bonafide, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Robert Cherry, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

Christina Douglas, Clough Harbour and Associates

David Jukins, Capital District Transportation Committee

Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee

Sree Nampoothiri, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jeff Pangburn, Creighton Manning Engineering

Chris O’Neill, Capital District Transportation Committee

Glenn Posca, Capital District Transportation Committee

Deb Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

Bill Trudeau, City of Albany

Karen Williams, NYS Department of Transportation Region 1

 

 

VISITORS ISSUES

 

Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately 9:40 am. 

There were no visitors issues.

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

Approval of the July 7, 2010 Meeting Minutes

 

John Poorman pointed out that, as noted in the minutes, the Planning Committee’s decision to suspend Round 2 programming for the TIP for a minimum of six months will need concurrence by the Policy Board. 

Members approved the July 7th meeting notes with Mike Morelli abstaining since he did not attend the July 7th meeting.

 

HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Application

 

HUD released the funding opportunity for Sustainable Communities.  CDRPC and CDTC staffs are working on the application.  The grant would augment CDTC’s New Visions work to include housing, social equity and economic development.  A resolution supporting CDTC as a Co-Applicant with CDRPC was approved by the Planning Committee members.  As a follow up, the Policy Board will be asked to approve a resolution supporting the CDRPC application.

 

2010-15 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AMENDMENTS

 

A501 (1758.01), School Zone Driver Feedback

 

The City of Albany submitted this amendment to change the funding source from Safety to STP-Urban, as explained in the written materials included with the handout.  In addition, at the meeting it was explained that the schedule as shown would be changed to 2009-10 for engineering and 2010-11 for construction.  It was explained that the project did not qualify for safety funding because a documented accident history is needed for Safety funds.  This action is the first to be triggered by CDTC’s new “Guidelines for TIP Changes”, which requires formal action on proposed funding shifts from restrictive (less competitive) fund sources such as Safety to more flexible (more competitive) fund sources such as STP.  Members approved the amendment as presented.

 

1933.10, Youman’s Road Grade Crossing Elimination

 

NYSDOT presented the amendment for this project as described in the letter included in the mail out.  The project will eliminate an at grade rail crossing.  Members approved the amendment.  The approval will be contingent on a final determination that the project is exempt for air quality conformity purposes. Secretary’s Note: final determination that the project is exempt for air quality conformity purposes was received on August 11, 2010.

 

Corrections to the TIP Listings

 

Corrections for the following three projects were found as projects were reviewed during the creation of the SIP.

 

R292 (1758.38) US 4, Couse Corners to Mannix Road, Corridor Improvements- A corrected project description was presented to the Committee. 

 

R299 (1759.04) White Church Road over Quackenkill- Both the P& D phases show $0.750 M in the TIP, but should be $0.075M.

 

R300 (1759.04) Broken Wheel Road over Hoosick River- Both the P 7 D phases show $0.750 M in the TIP, but should be $0.075M.

 

Members approved the corrections for all three projects.

 

 

STATUS OF PLANNING ACTIVITIES

 

CDTC

 

John Poorman explained that the STIP is complete and available, and involved a significant amount of work.  An attempt should be made to simplify the STIP process in the future.  Fiscal constraint has been satisfied on the STIP.   

 

Dave Jukins reported that a consultant has been selected for the Development of an Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Plan for the I-87/US 9 Corridor.

 

NYSDOT

 

NYSDOT has been working with FHWA to obtain waivers to maintain federal funding eligibility for projects which have been inactive.  Future waivers will be difficult to obtain, pointing to the importance of progressing projects in a timely fashion.

 

There is a new proposed process for establishing and monitoring Statewide letting targets caused by the new state budget; there will no longer be a separate budget for non-state projects.  Region 1 is trying to sort out the impacts for local and State projects.  The scheduling impacts to local projects may increase.  The schedules of all projects will need to be more closely monitored against cash flow and the pace of state project lettings. 

 

NYSDOT is working to expend the last of the ARRA money.  Region 1 is in a better position than other regions to spend money that is available from projects where costs were lower than expected.  Only several weeks remain to expend ARRA money; Region 1 will be seeking opportunities to use the funds in ways that do not trigger TIP or STIP amendments.

 

Albany County Airport Authority

 

Passengers and cargo numbers are stable.  The Airport will open passenger access to economy parking soon.

 

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m.  The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for October 6, 2010.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

John P. Poorman

Secretary