HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

February, 3  2003   Hearing Room 357

9:00 a.m. Tapes  13  -  14

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Alan Brown, Chair

Rep. Terry Beyer, Vice-Chair

Rep. John Mabrey, Vice-Chair

Rep. Jackie Dingfelder

Rep. George Gilman

Rep. Mitch Greenlick

Rep. Cliff Zauner

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Janet Adkins, Administrator

Ryan Sherlock, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            HB 2176 – Work Session

                                    Informational Meeting – Oregon Transportation Investment Act Update 

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 13, A

005

Chair Alan Brown

Calls meeting to order at 9:01 a.m., and opens work session on HB 2176.

HB 2176 – WORK SESSION

010

Janet Adkins

Committee Administrator. Explains the -1 amendment to HB 2176 (EXHIBIT A).

025

Rep. Mitch Greenlick

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2176 amendments dated 01/30/03.

 

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

030

Rep. Terry Beyer

MOTION:  Moves HB 2176 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

035

Chair Brown

Asks for any discussion on the motion.

040

Rep. Cliff Zauner

Indicates his intention to vote AYE on HB 2176, but expresses his concern that ODOT properly notify and educate the public in regards to HB 2176.

045

 

VOTE:  7-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

GREENLICK will lead discussion on the floor.

050

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HB 2176, and opens the informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

055

Matthew Garrett

Oregon Department of Transportation, Director’s Office Chief of Staff, offers written testimony and presentation (EXHIBIT B) overview of the 2001 Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA).

  • OTIA Overview
  • Expenditure of Bond Proceeds
  • OTIA Projects Completed to Date

155

Chair Brown

Asks whether the featured slide (Exhibit B, p. 12) represents a city street or a local highway.

160

Garrett

Identifies the featured slide as a city street and continues with presentation:

  • Remaining Projects Delivery Timeline

205

Rep. Beyer

Asks about funding for projects which are projected in the future.

210

Garrett

Explains that the funding is obtained, continues with presentation:

  • Success of OTIA
  • OTIA Projects Under Construction

335

Rep. Greenlick

Asks for an explanation of the “A + B Contractor bids.”

340

Garrett

Explains that A + B refers to low-bid plus short-time, and relates to a project on Highway 217.

365

Rep. Greenlick

Asks if there were incentives for the contractor to complete the project in less or more than the projected time.

370

Garrett

Responds affirmatively.

385

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks about the timing of environmental reviews and permitting, and whether this is done internally or through contractors.

390

Garrett

Explains that the environmental reviews and permitting are all part of the project, and they attempt to do most of it in house, but indicates that some contractors may have been used. Continues with presentation.

TAPE 14, A

002

Garrett

Continues with presentation.

050

Chair Brown

Asks for an explanation of “P.E.”

055

Garrett

Identifies P.E. as Preliminary Engineering.

057

Rep. Zauner

Asks who was at fault in the example being discussed.

060

Garrett

Responds with discussion of who was at fault.

080

Rep. Zauner

Asks about the high percentage of “red projects” in Region 4 (Exhibit B, p. 21), and whether the same individuals were apart of every red project in Region 4.

085

Garrett

Discusses current efforts to limit the number of red projects, and continues with presentation:

  • OTIA Projects Under Construction

105

Rep. Greenlick

Clarifies that the indicated slide (Exhibit B, p. 24) should read “SW 219” rather than “Highway 219.”

110

Garrett

Concedes the clarification, and continues with presentation.

Concludes presentation.

150

Chair Brown

Inquires about the schedule for the regular State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) projects, and whether the OTIA funding has affected its schedule.

155

Garrett

Explains that the regular STIP projects are on schedule, but recognizes some problems when OTIA was started.

170

Chair Brown

Asks about jobs created by OTIA.

175

Garrett

Observes that OTIA is providing about 1,000 jobs across the state, which equates to about twenty five million dollars in income tax.

190

Rep. Dingfelder

Indicates her wish to see another OTIA package come from this session, and inquires about the bonding process for future funding.

195

Garrett

Responds briefly, referring to Dave Tyler.

220

Dave Tyler

Oregon Department of Transportation, Chief Financial Officer. Responds to the questions regarding the bond process.

225

Rep. Greenlick

Indicates his wish to see another OTIA package introduced, asks how specific projects are chosen for OTIA.

235

Garrett

Explains the expanse of possible projects.

255

Rep. Greenlick

Recognizes that there are many potential projects, but asks for clarification of how specific projects are decided upon indicating his constituents need to see where the money goes.

260

Garrett

Details the process for identifying which bridges need to be dealt with, and which are lower in priority. Indicates that he will follow up with the committee, to offer a more comprehensive explanation.

295

Chair Brown

Explains that in the OTIA projects, the local governing bodies played a large part in recommending which projects took priority.

300

Garrett

Concurs with Chair Brown, and discusses ODOT engineer’s role in deciding which bridges took precedence.

315

Zauner

Asks about a figure (Exhibit A, p. 8) and questions why if the money is available why there is delay in initiating projects.

320

Garrett

Defers to Mr. Tyler.

330

Tyler

Addresses the limitations on expending the bond proceeds, and the need to keep to the projects as outlined in the initial OTIA legislation.

340

Zauner

Clarifies that there is a cap on the OTIA spending.

345

Tyler

Indicates positively.

350

Rep. John Mabrey

Asks for clarification regarding the funding for the Crooked River Ranch Highway Preservation.

365

Garrett

Explains that the project was phased.

370

Rep. Mabrey

Asks whether the aforementioned project was just phased or listed as one of the red projects.

377

Garrett

Responds that the project in question is not a red project, and refers to (EXHIBIT C).

415

Chair Brown

Thanks Mr. Garrett and Mr. Tyler.

420

Adkins

Discusses the upcoming schedule for the committee.

425

Zauner

Thanks the committee for touring a site seen on the fieldtrip taken last Friday, January 31, 2003.

440

Chair Brown

Closes the informational meeting, and adjourns the meeting at 9:56 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2176, -1 amendment, Staff, 1 p.

B – Informational testimony, Matthew Garrett, 31 pp.

C – Informational testimony, Matthew Garrett, 11 pp.