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01 January 10, 1996 CommissionFile RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION WEDNESDAY,' JANUARY 10, 1996 2:00 P.M. AGENDA 1. CALL TO ORDER. 2. PUBLIC COMMENTS. 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. Presented for approval are the minutes of the December 13, 1995 meeting. 4. AGENDA ADDITIONS/DELETIONS. 5. PUBLIC HEARINGS 5A. Transit Service Needs Public Hear/ncs. Overview Staff is recommending that the Commission: 1) Hold a public hearing to receive testimony on transit service needs; and, 2) that Commissioners attending the Blythe Unmet Transit Needs Hearing be designated as the official hearing board that any Commissioners able to attend notify staff as soon as possible. 5B. FY 1995-96 FTA Section 9 Program of Proiects for the Riverside County Portion of the Riverside/San Bernardino Urbanized Area and the Hemet Urbanized Area. Overview Annually, the Federal Transit Administration distributes federal operating and capital block grant funds to urbanized areas through its Section 9 Program. In order for grants from these funds to be approved, the Commission must develop a program of projects for each area consistent with the Short Range Transit Plan, hold a public hearing on the programs, and approve the programs. 6. 3:00 P.M. - SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS. 6A. Toll Road Po/icy. Presented to the Commission is the current Commission policy on toll roads. It was determined by the Commission at its last meeting to agendize this item at this meeting to review, discuss and and make amendments to the current Commission policy on toll roads. "COMMISSION MEETING LOCATION MAP IS ATTACHED Page 2 RCTC Agenda January 10, 1996 7. ADMINISTRATIVE/FINANCIAL ITEMS. 7A. Cvc/e /l/ of the Transportation Enhancement Activities (TEA) Program. Overview This item is presented as a request for action on the priority list for project funding under the Transportation Enhancement Activities (TEA) Program. The RCTC TEA Evaluation Committee is forwarding its recommendations to the Commission for approval of the funding list to be forwarded to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Transportation Commission (CTC). Staff recommends the approval of the funding recommendations as presented by the Evaluation Committee for Cycle III of the TEA Program. 7B. Commissioners/Executive Director Report. Overview This item is placed on the agenda to provide Commissioners/Executive Director the opportunity to report on various committees representing the Commission. 7C. Legal Debt Coverage Ratio. Overview The Commission's bond rating could be upgraded if it is willing to make its 2x policy the required legal coverage in the Master Indenture. Staff is proposing that the Commission adopt the two times coverage as the Commission's additional bonds test (i.e., debt coverage ratio) if it results in a rating upgrade, and authorize the Executive Director to make the necessary changes to the Master Bond Indenture. 7D. Seismic Retrofit Bond Measure. Overview This item provides an overview of the ballot proposition for approval of a Seismic Retrofit Bond Act of 1996. The measure will be on the March 26, 1996 election ballot. A presentation will be provided at the RCTC meeting by D.J. Smith of Smith & Kempton. This item is recommended to the Commission for approval of a support position. 8. HIGHWAYS/LOCAL STREETS AND ROADS. 8A. Route 79 (Lambs Canyon) Status Report. Overview The Measure A funded construction to widen Route 79 from two lanes to four lanes through the Lambs Canyon Area is progressing rapidly. The Lambs Canyon widening is a major construction project requiring extensive earthwork and grading through some very steep canyon areas. Staff will provide an oral report and slides to show the progress made to date on the Route 79 widening and Gilman Springs Grade Separation projects. Page 3 RCTC Agenda January 10, 1996 9. CONSENT CALENDAR - All matters of the Consent Calendar will be approved in a single motion unless a Commission member requests separate action on specific items. 9A. Consent Calendar - Administrative/Financial Items. 9A1. Senate Bill 866 - Revisions to Government Code Sections Relating to Local Governments. Overview The Governor signed into law SB 866 to be effective January 1, 1996, governing the investment practices of local governments. The law outlines what are acceptable investments and qualifications for county treasurers. Included in the legislation are controls to protect county treasuries from "runs" on the county pool. This item is for receive and file. 9A2. Region/ Transportation Agencies' Coalition IRTACI Recommendations on 1996 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Overview This item provides the Commission with information on the recent actions taken by the Regional Transportation Agencies' Coalition (RTAC) regarding the development of the 1996 STIP. Actions taken by RTAC include approval of five recommendations to be incorporated into the 1996 STIP. This item requests RCTC support of the adopted recommendations. 9A3. Riverside County Transportation Improvement Program FY 1996-2002 Financial P/an Resolution No. 96-01. Overview Adoption of a Financial Plan Resolution for the 1996 RTIP Update is required in order to meet the financial constraint requirement from the EPA Transportation Conformity Rule. Resolution No. 96-01 affirms RCTC's commitment to implement the projects based on the resources reasonably expected to be available to carry out the program. 9A4. Extension of Contracts for Federal Lobbyist Services. Overview This item is provided as information for the January meeting. The contract for Federal Lobbyist David Turch and Associates has been extended through February 14, 1996 under the Executive Director's single signature authority. A contract proposal will be brought forward on the February agenda to extend the Turch contract through the end of the fiscal year or June 30, 1996. Staff recommends this item for receive and file. 9A5. Appointment to the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council. Overview This item requests that the Commission appoint Dick Deininger of Corona to the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council with a term expiration in January 1999. Page 4 RCTC Agenda January 10, 1996 9A6. Monthly Cost and Schedule Reports. Overview Attached material depicts the current costs and schedule status of contracts reported by routes, commitments, and cooperative agreements executed by the Commission. For each contract and agreement, the report lists the authorized value approved by the Commission, percentage of contract amount expended to date, and the project expenditures by route with status for the month ending November 30, 1995. This item is for receive and file. 9B. Consent Calendar - Highways/Local Streets and Roads. 9B1. Amendment No. 4 to Agreement No. RO-9306 for Geotechnical Engineering Services for the Route 79, Gilman Springs Road to First Street Highway Widening Project. Overview Staff is recommending that the Commission approve Amendment No. 4 to Agreement No. RO-9306 in the amount of $24,495 for additional Geotechnical Services for the Route"79 Gilman Springs Road to First Street Measure A Highway Widening Project. The amendment will be reviewed by Legal Counsel. 9B2. Amendment to MOU with Cathedral City for Measure A Projects on State Route 111 in Cathedra/ City to Address ROW Acquisition. Overview Staff is recommending that the Commission: 1) Direct staff to work with the City of Cathedral City and make approved project funds available for the acquisition of key "full take" parcels as appropriate after appraisals have been received and agreed to by both Cathedral City and RCTC staff and it ha been demonstrated by Cathedral City that early acquisition will provide significant savings to the project in terms of dollars or schedule; 2) direct staff to amend the current MOU to allow for the early acquisition of key parcels when demonstrated savings can be realized and approved by RCTC staff; and, 3) direct staff to work with the City of Cathedral City to finalize the design so that the final project budget can be obtained and the MOU can be fully amended to authorize the "implementation phase" of the project. 9B3. City of Palm Springs Request to Seek Designation of Portions of Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way as Pan of the National Highway System. Overview Staff is recommending that the Commission refer the request to staff and TAC for review and recommendation. 9B4. FY 1995-96 LTF Allocations for Streets and Roads - Palo Verde Valley. Overview The estimated FY 1995-96 apportionment of Local Transportation Funds (LTF) for the Palo Verde Valley area is $307,040. The Commission has allocated $112,500 to the Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, leaving a balance of $194,540 available for local streets and road purposes. Page 5 RCTC Agenda January 10, 1996 9C. Consent Calendar - Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE). 9C 1. Amendments to Communication Site Leases between the County of Riverside and the Riverside County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (RC SAFE) and Sub/eases between the RC SAFE and Lodestar Towers California, Inc. Overview In order to provide cellular coverage for the call box program from Indio to the Arizona border, the Riverside County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies entered into leases and subleases with the County of Riverside and Sigma Communications, respectively, for County owned mountain top communication sites. The amendments continue the agreements through December 31, 1996. 9C2. Monthly Call Box Update. Overview The operational statistics for the Riverside County Motorist Aid Call Box System for the month of November 1995 will be presented to the SAFE Board. 9D. Consent Calendar - Commuter Rail. 9D 1. Orange Blossom Festival. Overview Staff is recommending , based upon consideration by the Budget/Finance Committee, that the Commission: 1) Support operation of special charter Metrolink trains from Los Angeles and/or Orange counties to Riverside on April 20 and 21, 1996; 2) direct staff to work with Metrolink, transit providers and event organizers to develop an effective, cost-effective operating scenario, with costs not to exceed $29,000 over revenues; and, 3) work to include special Oragne Blossom event trains in Metrolink's annual marketing plans and budgets. 9D2. Metrolink Monthly Report. Overview December operating reports are not yet available. If received prior to agenda mailing, they will be included in Commissioner' packets along with the revenue report for the first four months of the current fiscal year. This item is presented for receive and file. 10. ELECTION/APPOINTMENTS. 10A. Election of RCTC's Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. Overview Staff is recommending that the Commission hold election of the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. Page 6 RCTC Agenda January 10, 1996 10B. RCTC Citizen Member and Alternate. Overview Staff is recommending that the Commission appoint the Citizen Member and the Alternate. 10C. Appointment/Reappointment to Committees. Overview Staff is recommending that the Chair appoint/reappoint Commissioners to Committees mentioned in the staff memorandum. 11. RIVERSIDE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE PLATFORM. Overview Staff is recommending that the Commission discuss the proposed letter agreement with Santa Fe and the Commission regarding the funding and operational aspects of an eastside platform and layover facility for the Riverside Downtown Station. 12. CLOSED SESSION. 12A. Conference with Rea/ Property Negotiator Pursuant to Section 54956.8 - Property: Property Immediately Adjacent to San Bernardino Subdivision on the Southside of Tracks Between Third Street and Tenth Street in the City of Riverside and Property Immediately Adjacent to the San Bernardino Subdivision on the Westside of the Main Line Between Center and Main in the Highgrove Area of Riverside County. Negotiating Parties: Commission: Executive Director Purchaser/Seller: Lee Fox of Santa Fe 12B. Conference with Real Property Negotiator Pursuant to Section 54956.8 - Property: 3087 Twelfth Street, Riverside, California. Negotiating Parties: Commission: Executive Director, Legal Counsel Purchaser/Seller: MLM Properties, LLC 13. ADJOURNMENT. The next meeting of the Riverside County Transportation Commission is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, February 14, 1996, at the Palm Desert City Hall, 73710 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. 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