Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:00 PM
Brian Abare Village of South Glens Falls DPW
Stu Baker Town of Queensbury Community Development
Frank Bonafide NYSDOT Region 1
Rob Cherry NYSDOT Region 1
Tracy Conlon Trustee, Village of Fort Edward
Chris DeBolt Washington County Planning Department
Steve Haskins Washington County DPW
Wayne LaMothe Warren County Planning Department
Greater Glens Falls Transit
Scott Tracy Washington County DPW
1. Welcome and Introductions ‐ meeting was called to order at 1:03.
2. Visitor Issues ‐ none
A. 2015‐16 Work Program Development
1) Review of draft program ‐ Aaron called the committee’s attention to a handout
summarizing the contents of the proposed UPWP. Funding is
approximately level. All
unprogrammed funds from previous work programs have been fully reprogrammed; no
savings have been withheld. No suggested tasks were declined; all concepts submitted
by committee members were included. Wayne LaMothe provided background
information on the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Market Study Update task; that
had not been
discussed at the December meeting. The A/GFTC UPWP typically serves as
a menu of options rather than an absolute schedule; there are more tasks included than
what can be accomplished at current staffing levels. The UPWP is intentionally
overprogrammed so that options are not exhausted throughout the year. Chris DeBolt
if additional full time staff would be necessary to execute the program. Aaron
noted that, if needed, staff could be added along with the requisite UPWP amendment
during the year, but expressed concern about having a consistent workload year‐round
to justify a staff expansion. Scott Sopczyk suggested utilizing consultant
deal with non‐recurring program tasks.
2) Approval to initiate public comment period.
A motion was made to approve the draft UPWP for public comment.
Moved by: Wayne LaMothe Second by: Stu Baker Motion Carried.
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The public comment period for the UPWP will run through March 6, 2015. Approval of
the UPWP will be on the agenda for the March 11, 2015 A/GFTC Policy Committee
A. Bridge Preservation Analysis ‐ Aaron ‐ Committee comments on the draft application have
been sent to GPI
for their consideration. Aaron credited Ed Doughney at Warren County DPW
for submitting a very thorough and thoughtful list of comments.
B. Amendments and Modifications ‐ outcome of bridge funding discussion ‐ Aaron summarized
the outcome of the meeting on January 14, 2015 that included NYSDOT, A/GFTC, and staff
from all three
counties. The A/GFTC TIP is carrying approximately $10M in overprogramming
towards the STP Off System Bridge fund source, which is not tenable from a program
management or project delivery perspective. NYSDOT and A/GFTC staff made some
recommendations to the counties that would allow for the continued implementation of the
projects while deferring lesser priorities. While the funding source is still
overprogrammed, the program deficit was reduced by over half and no municipality was
asked to forego a major priority. Because amendments will be required for some of the
project deferrals, staff will format all of the changes as a
single amendment and circulate for
C. Project updates from sponsors (new developments) ‐ Washington County ‐ Scott Tracy
reported that CR 16 had its final inspection in December; contractor will return in the spring
to complete topsoil and seeding work.
5. 2015 Meeting Calendar ‐ Aaron asked if there were any
known conflicts with the proposed dates on the
draft meeting calendar. None were identified. Meeting times for the TAC will be 1:00. The committee agreed
that it would be useful for staff to end out email appointments for the entire calendar.
6. Other Items ‐ Wayne LaMothe noted that changes to
the rail station in Corinth were under consideration,
and the adjacent surface transportation system could be impacted by changes in utilization. Rail
improvements are also being pursued; $3.5M in improvements have been identified and funding assistance
is needed. Rob Cherry reported that the Regional Director’s Commitment List for the upcoming SFY
7. Adjourn ‐
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 1:55
Moved by: Wayne LaMothe Second by: Frank Bonafide Meeting adjourned.