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DISTRICT 6 TOUR AND REGULAR MEETING

OF THE IDAHO TRANSPORTATION BOARD

 

August 15-16, 2012

 

The Idaho Transportation Board met at 10:00 AM, on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, in Challis, Idaho. The following principals were present:

            Jerry Whitehead, Chairman

            Jim Coleman, Vice Chairman – District 1

            Jan Vassar, Member – District 2

            Julie DeLorenzo, Member – District 3

            Jim Kempton, Member – District 4

            Dwight Horsch, Member – District 5

            Lee Gagner, Member – District 6

            Brian W. Ness, Director

            Scott Stokes, Chief Deputy

            Sue S. Higgins, Executive Assistant and Secretary to the Board

 

District 6 Tour. The Board traveled US-93 and SH-75 south. It toured the Thompson Creek Mine and learned about the economic impacts of Custer County’s largest employer. The City of Challis, Access Bus, and Thompson Creek Mine established a shuttle service earlier this year to transport workers to the facility. From May 2 through July 31, it provided 4,981 rides.

 

The Board traveled SH-75 and US-93 north to Salmon.

 

            WHEREUPON the tour recessed at 5:30 PM.

 

 

August 16, 2012

 

The Board reconvened at 8:00 AM on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at the Sacajawea Center in Salmon, Idaho. All members were present. Larry Allen, Deputy Attorney General (DAG), was also present.

 

Highway Safety Workshop. Highway Safety Manager (HSM) Brent Jennings said research to develop media messages and outreach tools to improve highway safety were conducted recently. He believes it is critical to encourage and support a culture of traffic safety.

 

Jay Otto, Director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture at the Western Transportation Institute of Montana State University, presented the Positive Community Norms framework that is guiding the effort to improve ITD’s highway safety messages with a focus on impaired driving. The intent is to encourage and support a culture of traffic safety through engaging community leaders, creating effective communication campaigns, and strategically allocating and integrating prevention resources. A two-year pilot project to reduce impaired driving through messages that engage bystanders will commence this fall in Blackfoot, Lewiston, and Twin Falls.

 

Chief Deputy Stokes acknowledged the numerous partnerships that have been established throughout the state to work towards zero deaths. He recognized the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission for its extensive efforts to eliminate highway fatalities and injuries.

 

Chairman Whitehead thanked Mr. Otto for the Positive Community Norms presentation. He believes it is a valuable program and expressed support for this approach.

 

Board Minutes. Member Vassar made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular Board meeting held on July 18-19, 2012 as submitted and the minutes of the special Board meeting held on August 3, 2012 as submitted. Member Horsch seconded the motion and it passed unopposed.

 

Board Meeting Dates. The following meeting dates and locations were scheduled:

            September 19-20, 2012 – District 4

            October 17-18, 2012 – Boise

            November 13-14, 2012 – Boise

 

Consent Calendar. Member Gagner made a motion, seconded by Member Vassar, and passed unopposed, to approve the following resolution:

RES. NO.        NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Idaho Transportation Board

ITB12-34        approves the FY12 account write off and has received and reviewed the annual return check report for FY12, the summary of FY12 budgeted vs. actual out-of-state travel, the contract award information, the professional services agreements and term agreement work task report, and July 2012 speed minute entry changes.

 

1) FY12 Account Write Off. ITD policy requires that all uncollectible accounts exceeding $1,000 be reviewed and approved for write off by the Board. The Director or a designee reviews and approves for write off all accounts less than $1,000. For FY12, staff requests Board approval to write off 23 accounts totaling $94,859.44, as shown as Exhibit 416, which is made a part hereof with like effect. Seventy accounts in amounts less than $1,000 have been determined as uncollectible, totaling $22,742.19. The outstanding receivables are more than three years delinquent. Customers are not allowed to do business with ITD until their deficiencies are paid or the statute of limitations is reached.

 

2) Return Check Report for FY12. During FY12, $37,876,440 in checks were received, while 102 checks, or .47%, totaling $179,131 were returned. Collection of returned checks equaled $194,952 for an annual collection rate of 108.83%.

 

3) Summary of FY12 Actual vs. Budgeted Out-of-State Travel. In FY12, out-of-state travel expenditures totaled $187,847. The budgeted amount was $251,300. In comparison, $153,246 was spent on out-of-state travel in FY11. In FY12, $1,065,358 was expended on in-state travel, compared to $1,069,568 in FY11.

 

4) Contract Awards. Key #13368 – I-84, 850 West Road Underpass Bridge Repair, District 4. Low bidder: Cannon Builders, Inc. – $142,269.

 

Key #11064 – I-84 and SH-81, FY13 District 4 Districtwide Sealcoats. Low bidder: Kloepfer, Inc. - $2,533,776.

 

5) Professional Services Agreements and Term Agreement Work Task Report. From June 29 through July 27, 24 new professional services agreements and work tasks were processed, totaling $3,415,600. Six supplemental agreements to existing agreements were processed in the amount of $217,900 during this period.

 

6) Speed Minute Entry Changes for July 2012. The following speed minute entry changes were made in July in Districts 3 and 4:

                                    Beginning                    Ending                              Speed Limit

Route                          Milepost                     Milepost                      Old                  New

SH-44                              2.858                           3.164                       35                     40

SH-44                              3.164                           3.364                       25                    35

SH-44                              4.290                           4.440                       45                    35

US-30                          203.350                       203.800                       60                    45

 

Director’s Report. Director Ness reported on various activities and meetings from the past month, including a workshop on impaired driving, a leadership summit, and the completion of freight study meetings in each District. Idaho was one of ten states to achieve a gold level designation from Donate Life America. Some staff members are in New York to initiate the ratings for the October GARVEE bond sale, estimated between $35 and $40 million.

 

Director Ness said ITD had been leasing office space near the ITD Headquarters campus for a number of years. Employees have been relocated to buildings on the Headquarters campus. Vacating the leased offices will save approximately $145,000 annually.

 

District 5 has been contacted by a number of entities requesting more information on its winter maintenance measures since its presentation at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials conference last month. Director Ness commended the various employees for their continued efforts to make ITD the best transportation department in the country.

 

Adopt-A-Highway Presentation (AAH). Member Gagner recognized Wal-Mart #1878 for its participation in the AAH Program. The Rexburg group has been picking up litter since 2003. It adopted the stretch of US-20 from milepost 331.9 to 333.4.

 

Highway Safety Report and Highway Safety Performance Plan FY13. HSM Jennings said the goal of the Highway Safety Program is to eliminate deaths, serious injuries, and economic losses resulting from traffic crashes by implementing programs to address driver behaviors. In 2011, there were 167 fatalities and 10,866 injuries as a result of traffic crashes in Idaho. The state’s fatality rate of 1.08 is lower than the national rate of 1.09 fatalities per 100 million annual vehicle miles traveled.

 

HSM Jennings presented the FY13 Highway Safety Performance Plan. It is prepared annually in accordance with federal requirements to identify and address Idaho’s most critical behavior-related highway safety problems. Federal grant funding for state and local activities is estimated at $7.2 million for FY13. Some of the focus areas are impaired drivers, aggressive driving, youthful drivers, and safety restraints. The Plan was approved by the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission at its June meeting.

 

Member DeLorenzo recommended making grammatical, non-substantive revisions to the Plan. The Board concurred.

 

Member Gagner made a motion, seconded by Member Vassar, and passed unanimously, to approve the following resolution:

RES. NO.        WHEREAS, Idaho experienced 20,833 reportable traffic crashes, 167 traffic

ITB12-35        deaths, and 10,866 people injured in 2011; and

 

WHEREAS, the economic cost of traffic crashes in Idaho for 2011 was just over $2.1 billion; and

 

WHEREAS, Idaho’s fatality rate for 2011 was 1.08 fatalities per 100 million annual vehicle miles traveled, which is lower than the estimated national rate of 1.09 fatalities per 100 million annual vehicle miles traveled; and

 

WHEREAS, the Idaho Transportation Department’s goal is to have zero traffic deaths; and

 

WHEREAS, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may allocate about $6.2 million in funding behavior safety programs for Idaho to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries; and

 

WHEREAS, the Federal Highway Administration may allocate about $1 million from the Highway Safety Improvement Program for behavior type projects; and

 

WHEREAS, the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission and the Office of Highway Safety have developed the Highway Safety Performance Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 to work towards the elimination of Idaho traffic deaths, serious injuries, and economic losses; and

 

WHEREAS, the Highway Safety Performance Plan is required by NHTSA in order to receive funding from NHTSA.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Idaho Transportation Board adopts the Highway Safety Performance Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2013, which is on file in the Office of Highway Safety.

 

Revised Administrative Rule on Right-of-Way Encroachments. Highways Operations Engineer (HOE) Greg Laragan summarized revisions to IDAPA 39.03.42, Rules Governing Highway Right-of-Way Encroachment to streamline the access permit application process and ensure compatibility with the goals of safety, mobility, and economic opportunity. Minor, non-substantive changes were made to the rule since it was presented to the Board last month for review. He added that the corridor planning map has not been finalized yet.

 

Vice Chairman Coleman acknowledged HOE Laragan, District Engineer (DE) 6 Blake Rindlisbacher, and DAG Chris Kronberg for their efforts on access management and the rule revisions. Chairman Whitehead also recognized Vice Chairman Coleman’s leadership on the Access Management Committee.

 

Vice Chairman Coleman made a motion, seconded by Member Horsch, and passed unopposed, to approve the following resolution:

RES. NO.        WHEREAS, Idaho Code 40-3109(9) and 40-311(1) give the Idaho Transportation

ITB12-36        Board the authority to control access on the state highway system; and

 

WHEREAS, Idaho Code 40-312 gives the Board the authority to prescribe rules and regulations affecting state highways; and

 

WHEREAS, Administrative Rule IDAPA 39.03.42 Governs Access to State Highway Rights-of-Way; and

 

WHEREAS, an Access Management Committee was formed to review and suggest changes to IDAPA 39.03.42 to address identified deficiencies; and

 

WHEREAS, the Access Management Committee met numerous times between May 2011 and June 2012 and produced a revised version of IDAPA 39.03.42 incorporating changes suggested by the Committee; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board desires to have the revised version of IDAPA 39.03.42 adopted by the Idaho legislature as a temporary rule, effective October 1, 2012.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board accepts the amended rule as temporary and proposed and directs staff to proceed with rule making.

 

129,000 Pound Trucks Pilot Project. HOE Laragan summarized the 129,000 pound pilot project authorized by the legislature in 2003. It was designed to test the use of 129,000 pound trucks on a limited number of state highways. ITD is to report to the legislature on impacts of the pilot project, including impacts to safety, bridges, and pavement on the designated routes every three years during the pilot project. The final report is due by January 30, 2013.

 

HOE Laragan said a small percentage of trucks are operating at the 129,000 pound limit, making it difficult to differentiate the 129,000 pound truck data from the non-participating trucks. Member Horsch believes operators were reluctant to invest in converting trucks to haul 129,000 pounds for a pilot project; however, if 129,000 pound weight limits become legal, more trucks would operate at that limit. HOE Laragan concurred and added that the rule does not allow increased axle weights and every axle must have a brake. Those requirements may have limited the number of participants in the pilot project, too.

 

Some discussion followed on Idaho’s legal weights and when permits are required. It was noted that Congress has jurisdiction on the Interstate system and that Idaho’s legal weights are lower than surrounding states’ legal weights. Discussion also focused on the capability of the state’s bridges to accommodate higher weight limits. CD Stokes said age is a big factor for bridges and the aging interstate bridges in particular, are a concern.

 

Chairman Whitehead thanked HOE Laragan for the informative presentation.

 

Six Year Capital Facilities Program. HOE Laragan said the overall goal of the Capital Facilities Program is to achieve a sustainable design that maintains and extends the useful life of the Department’s buildings. The program allocations for alterations, repairs, and statewide preventive maintenance allow the Districts to modernize higher maintenance or inefficient facility components or make safety improvements. Major revisions to the FY14-FY19 program have been made in response to changes in program requirements, including an increase of $1.1 million in FY14 for a total of $3,960,000. The recommended FY14-19 Capital Facilities Program will be included in the proposed FY14 budget that will be submitted for approval next month.

 

Chairman Whitehead thanked HOE Laragan for the overview on the facilities program.

 

Executive Session on Personnel and Legal Issues. Member Vassar made a motion to meet in executive session at 12:35 PM to discuss personnel and legal issues as authorized in Idaho Code Section 67-2345(b), (d), and (f). Member Gagner seconded the motion and it passed 6-0 by individual roll call vote.

 

A discussion was held on personnel and legal matters.

 

The Board came out of executive session at 2:05 PM. No final actions or decisions were made.

 

End of FY12 Adjustments to the Federal-Aid Formula Highway Program. Transportation Investments Manager (TIM) John Krause requested approval to modify the FY12 Federal-Aid Formula Highway Program based upon project readiness and available funds. A total of $288 million of federal obligation authority plus matching funds is available in FY12. As of July 31, $251.3 million had been committed. Projects totaling $3.5 million are expected to delay or be removed from the program. Staff is requesting $4.4 million for cost increases for FY12 projects and $36.2 million to advance projects. TIM Krause summarized the program adjustments, anticipated project removals and delays, and list of additional project requests. He added that $25.7 million will be requested through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) national redistribution of obligation authority.

 

Member Kempton made a motion, seconded by Member Vassar, and passed unopposed, to approve the following resolution:

RES. NO.        WHEREAS, it is in the public interest for the Idaho Transportation Department

ITB12-37        to accomplish a current, realistic, and fiscally constrained Highway Transportation Investment Program; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Idaho Transportation Board to effectively utilize all available federal-aid highway funding; and

 

WHEREAS, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) require that a priority list of projects covering a minimum four year period be provided in a federally approved Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP); and

 

WHEREAS, $288 million of federal obligation authority (plus matching funds) are available for obligation to projects in FY12; and 

 

WHEREAS, as of July 31, 2012, there are $251.3 million of commitments against these funds; and

 

WHEREAS, as of July 31, 2012, there is an estimated uncommitted balance of $36.7 million; and

 

WHEREAS, projects anticipated for delay totaling $3.5 million have been identified and will be removed from FY12 planning; and

 

WHEREAS, projects have been identified requiring cost increases to existing projects of $4.4 million; and

 

WHEREAS, projects have been identified to advance to utilize available funds of $32.4 million; and

 

WHEREAS, a prioritized list of projects has been identified that are ready should additional funding become available; and

 

WHEREAS, the result of these identified project delays, cost increases, and project advances will fully utilize the FY12 federal highway funding of $288 million.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board authorizes staff to delay and remove projects in the list entitled "Anticipated Delays & Requested Removals” and advance projects in the list entitled "Projects for End of Year Funding Balance" and the list entitled “Projects for August Redistribution of Obligation Authority”, as shown as Exhibit 417, which is made a part hereof with like effect, in priority order as projects are delivered and as funding becomes available; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that staff is authorized to make the appropriate changes to the federally approved FY12-16 STIP in accordance with the provisions of SAFETEA-LU.

 

Monthly Financial Statements. TIM Krause reported that net cumulative obligations were $282,100,000 as of July 31, of which $263,800,000 had a budget scheduled on October 1. The original budget cost associated with the scheduled obligations is $299,100,000. Net cumulative obligations are 7.2% higher than July’s historical trend of $263,100,000.

 

Controller Gordon Wilmoth said FHWA Indirect Cost Allocation revenue through June was $31,037,000, which was below the projected amount of $32,000,000. Revenue from the Equipment Buy Back Program was $11,670,000, while the projection was $11,715,000. Miscellaneous state funded revenue of $33,871,000 was $1,960,000 above the forecast. Highway Distribution Account revenue, excluding ethanol exemption elimination, was $177,683,000. The projected revenue was $178,400,000. Revenue from the ethanol exemption elimination was $15,153,000, which was 5.3% below the projected amount. Revenue to the State Aeronautics Fund from aviation fuels was $1,548,000, or $52,000 less than the forecast.

 

Total expenditures in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Title XII Fund for highway projects were $172,765,000, while $178,800,000 had been appropriated. Expenditures for public transportation were $8,570,000 of the $9,200,000 available.

 

Idaho Moves Freight. JoAnn Wolters, Chief Executive Officer of Gem Air, LLC, provided an overview on the air service the Salmon company provides. She emphasized the important economic role of aviation.

 

Chairman Whitehead thanked Ms. Wolters for the overview on Gem Air, LLC.

 

Public Transportation Update. Jeff Osgood, District 6 Mobility Manager, reported on the public transportation services in the District, including the elimination of duplicate services and the establishment of other routes. Some of the challenges are to close the gaps in service and provide more transportation alternatives, particularly safe bicycle and pedestrian trails.

 

Chairman Whitehead thanked Mr. Osgood for the report and for his efforts on transportation alternatives.

 

Member Vassar left the meeting at this time.

 

Performance Measurement Report for the Division of Financial Management (DFM). CD Stokes presented the proposed Performance Measurement report, which is due to DFM and the Legislative Services Office by September 1. In addition to reporting on performance, the document provides an overview on ITD, including its revenue and expenditures, cases managed, and performance highlights.

 

Member Gagner made a motion, seconded by Vice Chairman Coleman, and passed unopposed, to approve the following resolution:

RES. NO.        WHEREAS, Idaho Code 67-1901 – 67-1904 requires that all state agencies must

ITB12-38        submit an annual Performance Measurement Report on or before September 1; and

 

                        WHEREAS, the Performance Measurement Report provides an agency overview; identifies core functions of the Department; outlines state fiscal year revenues and expenditures; supplies the number of cases managed and key services provided by the Department; summarizes the Department’s key performance highlights and awards; and reports on the Department’s performance measures and benchmarks; and

 

                        WHEREAS, in accordance with Idaho Code 67-1904, the Director certifies that the data provided in the Performance Measurement Report has been internally assessed for accuracy.

 

                        NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Idaho Transportation Board has reviewed and found that the information in the report is acceptable and should be submitted in accordance with Idaho Code.

 

Proposed Change to 39.02.61, Rules Governing License Plates for Governmental Agencies and Taxing Districts. Christine Fisher, Internal Communication and Registration Specialist (ICRS), proposed revisions to IDAPA 39.02.61 to require exempt agencies requesting undercover license plates and registrations to utilize an application process similar to exempt plates and registrations. Currently, there is no formal process for undercover license plates and registrations, resulting in an inconsistent method of handling them. The change will also ensure that ITD recovers its administrative costs for this program.

 

Member DeLorenzo made a motion, seconded by Member Gagner, and passed unanimously to approve the following resolution:

RES. NO.        WHEREAS, the Idaho Transportation Board has the authority to approve

ITB12-39        requested changes to administrative rules; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board finds the requested changes to the administrative rule will provide the ability to add license plates assigned as undercover to exempt law enforcement agencies and provide accountability.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board approves the recommended changes to administrative rule:

IDAPA 39.02.61, Rule Governing License Plates for Governmental Agencies and Taxing Districts, which

-          Requires exempt agencies requesting undercover license plates and registrations to go through a similar application process as exempt agencies requesting exempt plates and registrations;

-          Formalizes a process that prior to this rule being amended was non-existent and handled in a variety of ways; and

-          Recovers the administrative costs for issuing and tracking undercover license plates; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board directs staff to proceed with regular rule making for the changes proposed to this administrative rule.

 

Proposed Changes to IDAPA 39.02.71, Rules Governing Driver’s License Violation Point Count System. Ed Pemble, Driver Services Manager (DSM), requested changes to IDAPA 39.02.71. Senate Bill 1274, enacted on July 1, 2012, prohibits texting while operating a motor vehicle, but specifies that no points are to be assigned for this violation. IDAPA 31.02.71 requires that “convictions of moving violations and infractions not herein listed which are violations of a state law or municipal ordinance will receive three (3) violation points, except those for which mandatory suspension/revocation is required by statute.” DSM Pemble proposed revisions to the rule to accommodate the points exemption provided in statute and to update the list of Idaho convictions to provide a complete list of all moving violations subject to points.

 

Member Gagner made a motion, seconded by Member Horsch, and passed unopposed, to approve the following resolution:

RES. NO.        WHEREAS, IDAPA 39.02.71 provides the system for assigning points to driver

ITB12-40        records based on convictions of various traffic violations and infractions occurring within the state of Idaho or outside the state of Idaho; and

 

WHEREAS, Senate  Bill 1274 was passed by the 2012 Idaho legislature and enacted on July 1, 2012 prohibiting texting while operating a motor vehicle; and

 

WHEREAS, Senate Bill 1274 provided an exemption from points; and

 

WHEREAS, IDAPA 39.02.71 should be revised to accommodate the points exemption provided in statute; and

 

WHEREAS, IDAPA 39.02.71 should include a complete list of all Idaho moving violations subject to points.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Idaho Transportation Board endorses the proposed revisions to IDAPA 39.02.71 and directs staff to proceed with regular rulemaking and presentation of the proposed changes to the 2013 Legislature.

 

Presentation of Legislative Idea – Transfer of Vehicle Registrations to ITD. Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) Director Nancy Merrill said ITD’s Division of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) modernization effort will transition to a one person – one record system. This will require collection of driver’s license, social security number, and/or tax identification numbers. Currently, IDPR’s registration system is not designed to collect this information. The two departments will not be able to share information after ITD’s new registration system is implemented in January 2014.

 

Because changing IDPR’s system to communicate with ITD’s new system is cost prohibitive, IDPR Director Merrill proposed consolidating IDPR’s registrations to ITD. She provided a legislative proposal, whereby ITD would assume responsibility for registering IDPR vehicles and vessels, such as all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and boats. DMV has the basic infrastructure in place to process these registrations. She said there should be no impact to the overall DMV modernization schedule and IDPR will compensate ITD for programming costs.

 

Chairman Whitehead thanked IDPR Director Merrill for the recommendation to consolidate registration services. He expressed support to continue pursuing this proposal.

 

Division of Aeronautics’ Budget Overview and Revenue Proposals. Aeronautics Administrator (AA) John DeThomas expressed concern with the division’s revenue, particularly to provide financial assistance to public airports and for the search and rescue program. Aeronautics Advisory Board (AAB) Chairman Rodger Sorensen said the AAB held a workshop earlier this week to discuss revenue enhancement proposals. The AAB recommends increasing the aviation fuel tax by two cents, which would provide approximately $475,000 in additional revenue, and increase the aircraft registration fee from one cent per pound to three cents per pound for approximately $167,000 in additional revenue. He added that the AAB is also considering establishing a $10 overnight parking fee at the states’ airports; however, that proposal would not require legislative approval.

 

Chairman Whitehead thanked AAB Chairman Sorensen for his leadership on aviation issues. Member DeLorenzo said she attended the AAB workshop on August 14. She expressed appreciation for AA DeThomas’s and the AAB’s efforts to address the revenue concerns.

 

Member Gagner made a motion, seconded by Vice Chairman Coleman, and passed unopposed, to approve the following resolution:

RES. NO.        WHEREAS, the Idaho Governor’s Office has requested that state agencies

ITB12-41        submit legislative ideas to the Division of Financial Management (DFM) for review and approval; and

 

WHEREAS, the Idaho Transportation Board has requested that staff prepare and submit legislative ideas that will serve to advise the Governor and DFM of agency issues with legislative solutions.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board approves submittal of the proposed legislative IDEAS for aviation fuel tax increase and aircraft registration increase to DFM, and, upon approval, the development by ITD staff of draft legislation for subsequent review and approval.

 

Draft Legislation. Government Affairs Manager (GAM) Mollie McCarty and AA DeThomas summarized the draft legislation prepared for the seven ideas approved by the Board last month. The legislation was presented for review at this time and will be submitted for approval next month.

 

Although the Board did not approve including the airport land use planning proposal in ITD’s legislative idea package, some discussion was held on efforts underway to address opponents’ concerns with that proposal. The consensus of the Board was to focus on additional revenue for the Division of Aeronautics during the 2013 session and to work collaboratively with interested stakeholders on the land-use planning proposal for the 2014 session.

 

Member Gagner noted the staggered registration proposal has a negative fiscal impact of approximately $60,000. He expressed concern with the loss of revenue. He asked if changing to a staggered registration system will be more efficient and eliminate a full-time position, recouping some of the lost revenue. ICRS Fisher replied that productivity and customer service will presumably increase; however, she does not believe switching to a staggered system will result in the elimination of a position. Vice Chairman Coleman suggested that overtime may decrease. Although he does not believe the staggered registration system will result in personnel savings of $60,000, he believes it is the right thing to do for ITD’s customers. Now, some registrants pay registration fees for a full year but only register their vehicle for part of the year.

 

Member Kempton noted the fiscal impact does not reflect the unnecessary cost to customers if the legislation fails and individuals only register vehicles for a partial year. GAM McCarty said she will look into including the fiscal impact to customers.

 

Chairman Whitehead thanked GAM McCarty and AA DeThomas for summarizing the proposed legislation.

 

District 6 Report. DE6 Rindlisbacher provided an overview on District 6. The 165 employees are responsible for 2,300 lane miles and 352 bridges in nine counties. Some of its focus areas have been on improving work zone signing, reducing contract time, closing out projects in a timely manner, and disposing of unneeded surplus property. The District delivered 11 of its 13 projects on time; reduced change orders to 1.5%, which exceeded the goal of 5%; and achieved a pavement deficiency rate of 8%, which also exceeded the goal. A concerted effort is underway to inspect one-third of the District’s guardrail, fences, and culverts annually to better maintain and operate the system.  

 

In closing, DE6 Rindlisbacher highlighted some accomplishments. Through a partnership with the City of Driggs, SH-33 was improved in the city. An effort to identify and plan for transportation system alternatives in the greater Idaho Falls area was completed. The construction of the US-20, Menan-Lorenzo interchange will improve safety and economic opportunities, and the Allison Creek realignment project was a successful maintenance and operations initiative.

 

Chairman Whitehead thanked DE6 Rindlisbacher for the report, the District’s hospitality, and the extra efforts undertaken to conduct the meeting in Salmon. He noted the importance of visiting all parts of the state.

 

WHEREUPON, the Idaho Transportation Board’s regular monthly meeting officially adjourned at 5:10 PM.

 

   _____________signed_______________

JERRY WHITEHEAD, Chairman

Idaho Transportation Board

Read and Approved

September 20, 2012

Shoshone, Idaho

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