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Minutes May 2, 2017 Regional Rail Authority

Regional Rail Authority of Wabasha County Minnesota

Meeting of May 2, 2017


 

The Regional Rail Authority of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the Wabasha County Courthouse, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 10 a.m.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Goihl.

The following members were present:  Goihl, Hall, Key, Springer, Wobbe

KEY-HALL

Motion to approve the agenda.

Adopted Unanimously

KEY- SPRINGER

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the following:

Minutes: February 7th, 2017

  Adopted Unanimously

KEY-HALL

Resolution No.: 2017-004

Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission Amended JPA

Whereas, The Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission (Commission) is a joint powers board under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes Section 471.59 and Chapter 398A and;

Whereas, The Commission is established by a Joint Powers Agreement by and between Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority, Goodhue County Regional Railroad Authority, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, Wabasha County Regional Railroad Authority, Winona County Regional Railroad Authority, La Crosse Area Planning Committee, City of Cottage Grove, City of Goodview, City of Hastings, City of Lake City, City of Red Wing, City of Saint Charles, City of Saint Paul, City of Saint Paul Park, City of Utica, City of Wabasha, City of Winona; and

Whereas, The Commission is working to establish the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago second daily round-trip passenger train along the current Amtrak Empire Builder route in Minnesota (River Route), serving the current station stops in between; and

Whereas, The Commission is working to establish high-speed intercity passenger rail service between Chicago and Saint Paul along the River Route, the federally designated high speed passenger rail route; and

Whereas, The Commission voted to amend the Joint Powers Agreement to clarify the Commission’s purpose as an advocacy organization that supports rail system analysis and research to better advocate for rail system investments in the River Route; and

Whereas, The Commission voted to amend the Joint Powers Agreement to remove commuter rail stations from the funding formula and to provide direction in adjusting the funding formula should a Financial Party withdraw from the Commission; and

Whereas, The Commission voted to amend the Joint Powers Agreement to include Metropolitan Planning Organizations as eligible Financial Parties and allow the appointment of the executive director as its representative to the Commission; and

Whereas, The Commission voted to amend the Joint Powers Agreement to include its current member Parties and provide for a means to add new member Parties;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, The Wabasha County Regional Rail Authority approves the Amended and Restated Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission Joint Powers Agreement and authorizes the Chair and Chief Clerk to execute the Agreement.

Adopted Unanimously

KEY-HALL

Resolution No.: 2017-005

Parking Lot Project in Viola, Minnesota

Whereas, the Viola Township Board approached the trail management committee last summer and suggested that a parking lot should be developed in Viola; and

Whereas, there is not any parking area specifically designated for trail users in Viola, and many users park along County Road 2 (despite several “No Parking” signs in the area). These parking practices have created safety concerns; and

 Whereas, the proposed parking lot would be constructed on land already owned by the Wabasha County Regional Rail Authority along County Road 2, west of Viola and west of the trail

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Regional Rail Authority that, Wabasha County Regional Rail Authority Committee is authorizing proceeding with the constructing of a parking lot using funds remaining from prior trail construction project. 

Passed 4-1 Nay: Goihl

WOBBE-HALL

Resolution No.: 2017-006

Whereas, the Rail Authority acquired land in Elgin as part of a land-swap transaction with All-American Co-op in 2011. The land in question is the area marked “Exhibit A” south of East Main Street in Attachment 2. Since 2011, the Committee has discussed various potential uses for the land, but has concluded that it is surplus land that will likely not serve a trail need in the future. If sold, the property would likely be of use to the Elgin business community.

Whereas, the Committee would anticipate using proceeds from the sale of the Elgin property to enhance the trail and cover operating expenses. The Committee would submit any future expenditures to the Board for prior approval, as required by the bylaws and consistent with any Board requests.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved by the Wabasha County Regional Rail Authority that, the Committee is recommending that the Rail Authority Board authorize the Committee to take appropriate steps to sell the property in question. The Committee proposes to work with the County Attorney’s Office to ensure that the appropriate procedures are followed with the proposed sale. Assuming the Committee reaches a deal it would recommend approving; it would bring the proposed sale agreement to the Board for final approval.

Adopted Unanimously

HALL-SPRINGER

Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously

 

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