Chairman McDonald noted that it is CDTC’s practice for the
Chairman to annually appoint the Administrative & Financial Standing
Subcommittee for the coming year.
For the 2007-08 fiscal
year, he named the following individuals to serve with him: Ray Melleady, CDTA; Charles Houghtaling, AlbanyCounty; Bob
Phillips, SaratogaCounty, Tom Werner’s successor, NYSDOT.
Administrative and Financial Standing Subcommittee will meet in April.
JohnPoorman presented the report from
the Nominating Subcommittee.The
Nominating Subcommittee met on March 6.Members present included MaryBrizzell, RayMelleady, KentGray and JohnPoorman.
are three groups of nominations.The
first group of nominations pertains to CDTC's officers for 2007-08. The
Nominating Subcommittee enthusiastically recommends re-election of JohnMcDonald as CDTC's Chairman and BobPhillips as Vice-Chairman.TomWerner, DOT Regional Director,
would continue the tradition of serving as CDTC's Secretary.However, Mr.Werner has recently retired; his
successor will serve as CDTC’s Secretary. JohnPoorman will be acting secretary
until that time. There being no other nominations, members elected these
individuals for another term and expressed appreciation for their service.
second group of nominations pertains to CDTC's two at-large positions set aside
for towns and villages.The Nominating
Subcommittee nominates PhilBarrett, supervisor of the Town of
Clifton Park and FrankQuinn, supervisor of the town of Glenville to serve as members for the
coming year.They have served as
alternates over the past year.EllenMcNulty-Ryan, Mayor of the Village of Green
Island and MarkEvers, supervisor of the town of North Greenbush, are nominated to serve as
alternates for the coming year.It is
expected that they would be nominated as members for the following year.
Ms.McNulty-Ryan or Mr.Evers decline the invitation, JamesGaughan, Mayor of the Village of Altamont and RichardMcCabe, supervisor of the town of East Greenbush would be asked to serve as
discussion followed regarding PhilBarrett’s position.John Poorman was notified subsequent to the
Nominating Subcommittee meeting that Phil Barrett is now the chair of the
Saratoga Board of Supervisors. The
person in this position is automatically on CDTC’s board.Responsibilities of the Board of Supervisors
position, along with Mr.Barrett’s responsibilities as Town
Supervisor, might make it difficult for him to be an active CDTC Board
member.If Phil plans to be an active member,
then Mindy Warmouth, supervisor of the Town of Halfmoon, would likely take Phil’s place as an at large
member.If Phil cannot be active, then Ms.Warmouth will likely become the SaratogaCounty representative of CDTC’s
Board.In that event, another Town
representative will have to be named; perhaps PaulSausville, supervisor of the town of Malta or SteveTommasone, supervisor of the Town of Rotterdam.JohnPoorman will speak with PhilBarrett to determine the county and
town representation. The membership will be resolved by the next Policy Board
approved these nominations, with the caveats noted above.
third group of nominations pertains to a single at-large position on CDTC's
Planning Committee reserved for towns and villages.The Nominating Subcommittee nominates BarbaraMcHugh from the Town of Clifton
Park to continue to serve as member for the coming year.In the interest of full participation in the
process, alternate member status is proposed for Kevin Corcoran of Glenville,
Kathy Matern of Niskayuna, Steve Watts of Halfmoon, George Leveille of Bethlehem, Heather Mallozzi
of Malta, Peter Comenzo of Rotterdam, Keith Manz of Wilton and Jim Moore of
approved these nominations.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Chairman McDonald indicated that CDTC provides an opportunity for visitors to address
items on the agenda. There was no request to speak to the Committee.
UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM
Mr.Poorman noted that the Planning
Committee approved a two-year UPWP last year.The UPWP material in the mailout package only addresses technical
corrections to the UPWP. Additions to
the 2006-08 UPWP include six new Community and Transportation Linkage studies
and the Hudson River Crossing task.Members approved the proposed corrections/amendments.
2007-12 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
JohnPoorman noted that this has been a long standing project,
but that construction has been dependent upon resolution of ownership, match
and finding funding.This project was
inadvertently omitted from the Planning Committee’s TIP discussions.DaveRettig reported that NYSDOT has put together an “unusual”
set of funds to pay for the project, without impacting the rest of CDTC’s or
Region 1’s HBRR program.The project
should remain in the 2007-12 TIP Listings, with these fund sources identified.
NYSDOT/AMTRAK Rail Initiative
Mr.Poorman reported that the NYSDOT/AMTRAK Rail Initiative,
including projects A394 (Livingston Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation and A395/S150 (Rensselaer-Schenectady
Double Track) have previously been listed in the TIP with no dollars allocated
in the TIP.At this time there are no
federal funds allocated to intercity rail projects.Consequently, these projects have been
dropped from the TIP Listing.
followed regarding this change.Marybeth
Pettit suggested that the bicycle/pedestrian issue on the LivingstonAvenueBridge is a concern of both the city of Albany and the City of Rensselaer and needs to be addressed even if the TIP project
is dropped.John Poorman responded that
the Hudson River Crossing project is looking at all Hudson River Crossings (not
just the Patroon island Bridge) and that this issue regarding the Livingston
Avenue Bridge will likely be addressed.
MikeStammel indicated that there are Air Quality concerns with
the idling trains that can’t proceed without the double track.Delays also occur because of the single track
between Albany and Rensselaer.
CMAQ Programming in the 2007-12
Mr.Poorman noted that the CDTC Planning Committee revised its
estimate of the available CMAQ commitments at its February 21st
meeting. The funding available for the new “bundle” of commitments is
approximately $4M less than previously estimated.However, the Planning Committee agreed to
recommend that the draft 2007-12 TIP show the full bundle, noting that a slight
overprogramming outside the four-year STIP period is acceptable and also noting
that CMAQ projects tend to be completed at a slower rate than other
projects.The Planning Committee also
recommends that CDTA be provided the latitude to apply for diesel-electric bus
purchases with the $8M that was initially restricted solely to the incremental
cost of the diesel-electric technology.
Approval for Release for Public
Mr.Poorman reported on progress of the 2007-12 TIP Update.In September, the Planning Committee released
a bundle of CMAQ projects for public review.The status and schedule for all existing projects has been updated.
released by the Policy Board, CDTC staff will conduct the Air Quality conformity
analysis that is required.A public
review period would then begin concluding in May with final action by the
Planning Committee and Policy Board in June.The CDTC TIP would then be
assembled with others to form the statewide TIP (STIP) which is the formal
document that receives federal acceptance by October 1st.
the public review period, the Planning Committee will continue to refine
Keehn noted that the City of Saratoga Springs was disheartened to see the
construction phase of TIP Project SA88 (NY 50, North of Saratoga Springs
Reconstruction) move from the 2009-10 column in the 2005-10 TIP to the Post
2012 column of the 2007-12 TIP.
agreed to release the draft program for public review and comment, incorporating
the three changes noted previously (BatchellervilleBridge, Intercity Rail Projects and CMAQ).
regulations require that CDTC have a public participation policy in place.CDTC staff will work with the Planning
Committee on a Public Participation plan if the Policy Board concurs with this
approach. Members agreed with this approach.
STATUS OF PLANNING AND
Capital District Transportation
RayMelleady reported that CDTA recently released a regional transit
map which covers all four counties.The
Transit Development Plan effort was recently completed and can be viewed on
CDTA’s website.He also noted that CDTA
staff is working on the BRT Plan and Queue Jumpers.The first of the BRT hybrid-electric vehicles will be arriving this June; these will be deployed on Route 5. CDTA also submitted several
appropriations requests that would fund a bus facility in SaratogaCounty, a Park and Ride Lot at Exit 16 and an innovative hydrogen
demonstration project in partnership with GE.
Capital District Regional Planning
MikeStammel reported on CDRPC’s involvement in the successful
ECOS conference at UnionCollege that was held in February.CDRPC is also finalizing employment growth
scenarios for New Visions work.CDRPC
will publish a report that summarizes the property owner and trail user survey data
that was collected this past summer.
New York State Department of
Dave Rettig reported that Tom Werner has retired; no replacement has been named. Mr. Rettig further noted that the TIP update
has been a difficult process because of the lack of sufficient funding to
progress projects other than maintenance projects; he noted that that is the case
with the Route 50 project in Saratoga Springs.Mr.Rettig reported that a public meeting for the I-87 exit 6
reconstruction project is scheduled for April 8th.A single point interchange will likely be
recommended for this exit.Mr.Rettig also noted that the Round Lake ByPass will be let
on March 29th.
Capital District Transportation
John Poorman touched upon the major activities that staff is
progressing.Pieces of the New Visions
workgroup reports are being synthesized.The financial task force has been meeting to identify future funding
needs and opportunities. The New Visions
2030 Plan will assume that funding streams will be identified within the 30
year planning horizon to address infrastructure maintenance needs and modest
next meeting was tentatively scheduled for , Thursday
June 7, 2007 at the CDTC offices.There being no other business, the meeting
was adjourned at approximately .