Pinellas County MPO – January 9, 2008
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Hibbard called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.
II. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE
Chairman Hibbard gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance. introduced themselves.
III. CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
There was no citizen comment.
Approval of Minutes – Meeting of December 12, 2007
Approval of Invoices
Tindale-Oliver & Associates
Renaissance Planning Group
American Consulting Engineers
Approval of JARC/New Freedom Sub-grantee Agreements
Mayor Mischler moved to approve the consent the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.
V. FDOT 2008/09—2012/13 TENTATIVE WORK PROGRAM
At its December meeting, the MPO made a preliminary review of the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) 2008/09-2012/13 draft Tentative Work Program. The draft was then forwarded to the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for their review and comment.
Both the TCC and the CAC said that several areas on U.S. 19 have safety problems. Those areas are: 1) Enterprise Road; 2) north of Sunset Point Road; and 3) south of S.R. 580. The TCC recommended that the FDOT initiate a safety project in the Enterprise Road area. A memo detailing the committees' recommendations was included with meeting materials. Chairman Hibbard agreed that the safety issues should be addressed.
Secretary Skelton said that the project at Sunset Point Road and Coachman Road is just opening now. The FDOT will continue to monitor traffic in that area and sections to the north. Next month, the FDOT will review the Enterprise Road interchange situation, and the recommendations of the advisory committees will be discussed at greater length.
In the Tentative Work Program, several projects have been moved back in the schedule. Staff flagged as a possible source of funding for these delayed projects the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB). This is a Statewide pool of funds from which loans can be made. Secretary Skelton responded that there are several issues to be considered when using the SIB for the U.S. 19 projects. One is the magnitude of the projects. There are two projects involved, and each will cost about $80 million. The SIB has $100 million per year to loan Statewide. Also,