Documenter: Eunice Choi

Here’s what you need to know

  • There will be more discussion on the process of naming a Chair and Vice Chair for the Fresno COG at the next meeting.

  • Fresno COG is recruiting at least 4 more positions for the Measure C Renewal Executive Committee. Interested parties should contact Tony Boren. The next measure will have a large local projects focus, Boren says.

  • The Draft Action Element Outline for the Regional Transportation Plan is in process and will be up for approval soon.

Attendees

Fresno Council of Governments

  • Jennifer Soliz, Associate Planner

  • Meg Prince, Associate Planner

  • Braden Duran, Assistant Planner

  • Todd Sobrado, Marketing/Planner (Fresno COG/Fresno Area Express)

  • Tony Boren, Executive Director

  • Kai Han, Senior Regional Planner

  • Kristine Cai, Deputy Director

  • Toni Graham, Accounting Manager

  • Trai Her-Cole, Associate Regional Manager

  • Santosh Bhattarai, Associate Regional Manager

  • Brenda Veenendaal, Administrative Services Manager, Public Information Officer

  • Jeanine Cervantes, Office Administrator

  • Peggy Arnest, Senior Regional Planner

  • Robert Phipps, Deputy Director

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

  • David Padilla, Senior Transportation Manager

City of Fresno Transportation Department

  • Carolina Ilic, Planning Manager

Fresno County Rural Transit Agency

  • Moses Stites, Operations Manager

Officials

  • Matt Flood, San Joaquin Assistant City Manager

  • Isaac Moreno, Selma Assistant City Manager

  • Wilma Quan, Fowler City Manager

  • Luke Serpa, Clovis City Manager

  • John Jansons, Kerman City Manager

  • Jean Rousseau, Fresno County Chief Administrative Officer

The Scene

The meeting began on June 11, 2021 at 10:04 a.m. via the online video platform Zoom. There were a total of nine attendees (not including presenters, officials, and administrators).

Almost everyone, with the exception of Jennifer Soliz, Wilma Quan, Luke Serpa, Tony Boren, David Padilla, Todd Sobrado, and Matt Flood, had their videos off.

The ambience generally was comfortable, as causal talk was included and light jokes were made throughout the duration of the entire meeting. 

Meeting started with Kai Han sharing the computer screen of the agenda.

The office administrator of Fresno COG and co-host of the meeting, Jeanine Cervantes, initiated the meeting with a roll call. Names on Zoom did not include their official titles and seemed more informal. There was no formal introduction of officials in attendance. 

Joint Transportation Technical/ Policy Advisory Committee Meeting- Caltrans Report

David Padilla, who is a part of Caltrans, started the agenda with an update on Covid for our district (Fresno).

  • No official date has been set yet for transition members. 

  • Pilot program is tentatively scheduled for July 12 -23rd 

  • Project updates in Kingsburg, Selma, etc projects completion date is set to be end of July. Workers will work on Saturdays to complete the projects earlier.

  • State route 180 Mendota Pedestrian Safety project in collaboration with the city – Caltrans is initiating a project from Belmont Avenue to State Route 33. Will be adding a crosswalk at 7th street.

No questions were posed.

Transportation Consent Items 

The following were unanimously passed under one motion. As said in the agenda, “all items on the consent agenda are considered to be routine and non-controversial by COG staff and will be approved by one motion if no member of the Committee or public wishes to comment or ask questions.”

  • 2021 FTA Section 5310 Funding Resolution 2021-19 

    • Staff and the SSTAC request that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board adopt resolution 2021-19.

  • Regional Housing Needs Allocation Member Jurisdiction Survey Results

  • Fiscal Year 2021-22 Local Transportation Fund (LTF) Final Estimates

    • Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board adopt resolution 2021-29 adopting the 2021-22 Local Transportation Funds (LTF) final apportionment.

  • Fiscal Year 2021-22 State Transit Assistance (STA) Final Estimates

    • Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve resolution 2021-27, adopting the 2021-22 State Transit Assistance (STA) final apportionment.

  • Fiscal Year 2021-22 State of Good Repair (SGR) Final Estimates

    • Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve resolution 2021-28 adopting the 2021-22 State of Good Repair (SGR) final apportionment.

  • Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area Short-Range Transit Plan Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Resolution 2021-26

    • Staff and SSTAC request the TTC/PAC recommend that, following a public hearing, the Policy Board adopt Resolution 2021-26, approving the Fresno Clovis Metropolitan Area Short-Range Transit Plan.

  • New Member Appointment and Re-appointments for the Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee

    •  Staff requests that the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve reappointing Hector Medina to SSTAC.

  • Urban and Rural Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) Operations, Program & Budget, Fiscal Year 2021-22

    • Staff and the SSTAC request that the TTC/PAC recommend the Fresno COG Board approve resolution 2021-23 for the rural CTSA, and resolution 2021-22 for the urban CTSA, adopting the urban and rural Consolidated Transportation Service Agencies’ operations programs and budgets.

  • Clovis Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) Operations, Programming & Budget, Fiscal Year 2021-22

    •  Staff and SSTAC request the TTC/PAC recommend that the Fresno COG Board adopt Resolution 2021-21 adopting the Clovis Consolidated Transportation Service Agencies’ Operations Programs and Budgets.

  • Notice of Availability for the Draft Version of the Fresno-Madera State Route 41 and Avenue 9 Sustainable Corridors Study

  • TAMP Financial Planning Workshop Summary 

Transportation Action/ Discussion Items

The following were discussed without any public comment and approved unanimously.

  • Draft Action Element Outline 

    • Goals include:

      • Improved mobility and accessibility for all

      • Vibrant communities that are accessible by sustainable transportation options

      • Safe, well-maintained, efficient, and climate-resilient multimodal transportation network.

      • Transportation network that supports a sustainable and vibrant economy.

      • A region embracing clean transportation, technology, and innovation.

    • A timeline was introduced:

      • Deadline for comments- 06/18/21

      • TTC/PAC approval- 07/09/21

      • Draft RTP/SCS released- Spring 2022

    • It was mentioned that there was still time to alter this plan.

    • No questions were posed.

  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act of 2021 and 2020 Highway Infrastructure Program Funding 

    •  Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve allocating CRRSAA funds distributed by STBG and 2020 HIP funding to the 2021/22 STBG regional bid program.

  • 2021/2022 CMAQ and STBG Guidelines, Application Packets, and Call for Project Initiation

    • Staff and the programming subcommittee request that the TTC/PAC recommend the Board approve the CMAQ and STBG guidelines and application packets and initiate the call-for-projects on June 24.

  • Fiscal Year 2021-22 Unmet Transit Needs Assessment Findings Report

    •  Staff and SSTAC request the TTC/PAC recommend the Board adopt resolution 2021-20, approving Fresno COG’s 2021-22 Unmet Need Assessment and find that there are unmet transit needs, including needs that are reasonable to meet.

  • Measure C Renewal Update

    • Tony Boren, executive director at Fresno COG, gave an “up-to-speed update.”

    • Technical working group is focused on “looking at the local street and road system” and in the future will focus on “the condition of our local roads.” They have a “state-wide” expert that will be brought in as well. Boren encourages everyone to participate, as it will be a very “informative and interesting meeting.” 

    • “The next measure will address the local needs strictly in a big way.” 

    • “At the executive committee level, the issue was that there was committee input regarding the composition of the executive committee. They formed a sub-committee which was led by Lynne Ashbeck and our board chairman David Cardenas (City of Fowler). They are looking at adding additional seats to the committee. They have held one meeting and I believe it is safe to say that they are probably going to be looking at 4-5 additions to the executive committee. The individuals have not yet been chosen in respective fields. If you have any suggestions on nominating someone, please let us know.”

    • No questions were posed.

Administrative Consent Items

The following were unanimously passed under one motion. As said in the agenda, “all items on the consent agenda are considered to be routine and non-controversial by COG staff and will be approved by one motion if no member of the Committee or public wishes to comment or ask questions.”

  • Contracts

  • Regional Transportation Planning Agencies Valleywide Coordinator

    • Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve an extension to Sigala, Inc.’s contract through June 30, 2022, at a rate not to exceed $125,000 plus supported expenses.

  • Circuit Planner and Engineer Program Contract Renewal / Extension 

    • Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize $100,000 and extend the contract with Rincon Consultants Inc. to June 30, 2022. 

  • San Joaquin Valley Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Technical Assistance Contracts 

  1.  Staff requests that the PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to sign a contract with Mintier-Harnish at a cost not to exceed $250,000 to provide technical assistance to San Joaquin Valley jurisdictions through the REAP program. 

  2. Staff requests that the PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to sign a contract with Quad Knopf at a cost not to exceed $250,000 to provide to San Joaquin Valley jurisdictions through the REAP program.

  3. Staff requests that the PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to sign a contract with AECOM at a cost not to exceed $225,000 to provide technical assistance to San Joaquin Valley jurisdictions through the REAP program. 

  4. Staff requests that the PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to sign a contract with Precision Engineering at a cost not to exceed $200,000 to provide technical assistance to San Joaquin Valley jurisdictions through the REAP program.

  • Modeling On-call Contract with RSG

    • Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board extend the on-call modeling contract with RSG in an amount not to exceed $20,000.

  • WSP – RTMF On-Call Contract 2021-22

    •  Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to extend the WSP contract into 2021-22 for $50,000.  

  • Better Blackstone Design Challenge Contract Extension

    • Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board extend the contract term for this project to June 30, 2022 at no additional cost.

  • Fresno-Madera State Route 41 and Avenue 9 Sustainable Corridors Study Contract Extension

    • Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board extend IBI’s contract term for the Fresno-Madera State Route 41 and Avenue 9 Sustainable Corridors Study to June 30, 2022, at no additional cost.

  • On-Call Contract with LSA

    • Staff requests that the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve adding $5,000 to the existing contract with LSA for FY 2021-2022, for a total of $15,000.  

  • On-call Contract with NCE 

    • Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board extend the on-call contract with NCE into FY 2021-2022 with no additional funding.

  • Fresno County Rural Transit Agency Transportation Development Act Claim

    • Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve resolution 2021-24 adopting the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency’s 2021-22 Transportation Development Act claims totaling $9,298,267.

  • City of Reedley Transportation Authority Transportation Development Act Claim

    • Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve resolution 2021-25 adopting the City of Reedley’s 2021-22 Transportation Development Act claims totaling $1,269,397. 

Administrative Action/Discussion Items

  • There was none to discuss, according to the agenda.

Other items

Boren explains that “our next meeting might be in public,” or rather “hybrid” because the staff at the Fresno Council of Government will be in office soon. 

Wilma Quan, the Fowler City Manager, asked, “Are we going to put an item on the agenda on formally nominating a Chair and a Vice Chair?” 

One of the office administrators answered yes to Quan’s question. “The committee will decide if we want to move into that.” There might be a little “chatter” and “we will look forward to it.”

Public Presentations

There was no public comment.

The meeting adjourned at 10:37 a.m.. The meeting lasted 33 minutes.

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