Joyce_basciano_president_monacSubmitted by kayn7 [Email address: kayn7 #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]">Kay Newell

MoPac Neighborhood Associations Coalition’s (MoNAC) Joyce Basciano, President called the meeting to order. Joyce asked for approval of the minutes from 7-19-2005,  Sid Covington
moved to approve the minutes and Bill Woods seconded the motion. The membership voted in favor. Joyce then introduced the other MoNAC
officers present at the meeting – Art Arvarkin, VP and Kay Newell,
Secretary. Joyce thanked Marlene
Romanczak and Scott Archer for the refreshments.

Bill Woods presented Frances Allen with a gold-framed copy
of the MoNAC resolution naming her President Emeritus of MoNAC for her
outstanding years of service to MoNAC.

Sid_covington_asa_chairSid Covington gave an update on the Texas Rail Relocation
and Improvement Fund proposition coming up on the November 8 ballot. This fund creates a repository for the
funding that will be needed to move Union Pacific out of Central
Austinto an area east of Austin. In order to fund the move, this mechanism
must be in place. By moving Union
Pacific east of Austin it will enable UP to move more freight, thereby reducing
the number of 18-wheelers on Texas highways, it will improve air quality, and
enhance public safety.

Joseph_carrizales_txdot_1Joseph Carrizales, Advanced Project Development Engineer,
TxDOT reviewed the two main goals of the consulting team. One – the Campo 2030 plan which includes two
managed lanes from the river to Parmer Lane. TxDOT has a Type 1 policy – this means that
Noise Walls have to be tied to increased capacity construction. The managed lanes will provide the increased
capacity. Two – the long range plans for
the future of MoPAC. He introduced Mark
Herber, PE, Loop I Project Team Manager; John Kelly, PE, VP, Major Projects in
Texas of DMJM Harris; Karen Savage, Senior Project Manager, Planning Practice
Leader, Texas of DMJM Harris; and Shirley Nichols, Public Involvement
Consultant with CP&Y. This will be
the contact team for the Loop 1 study.

John_kelly_dmjm_vp_loop_1_studyJohn Kelly stated DMJM signed a contract with TxDOT a couple
of months ago, in another few months they will start their public involvement
meetings. They will begin the process
with DPP – Deliberative Polling Process. They are looking for a broad cross section of Austin residents to participate in this process, which will last 4-5 months. The first phase – Noise Walls, will take 4-5
years; this will include public involvement, design, and construction. The walls would be placed on the current
ROW; they will be a permanent element of the long-term solution for MoPAC. The long-term solution process for MoPAC will
begin after the Noise Wall phase.