SUMMARY OF MINUTES JOINT MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE WSTA BOARD CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP SEPTEMBER 27, 2004 4:00 P.M. WINSTON ROOM LAWRENCE JOEL VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM Members of City Council Present: Mayor Allen Joines Council Member Robert C. Clark Council Member Dan Besse Council Member Joycelyn V. Johnson Council Member Vivian H. Burke Council Member Nelson L. Malloy, Jr. Council Member Wanda Merschel Council Member Frederick N. Terry City Council Member Absent: Council Member Vernon Robinson Members of Winston-Salem Daniel R. Beerman, Chair Transit Authority Present: Hazel Brown Scott Carpenter Ruth Carter James B. King Doris Schultz WSTA Members Absent: Kathleen B. Pounds, Martha G. Jones Mayor Allen Joines called the meeting to order and recognized the Chair of the Winston- Salem Transit Authority, Daniel R. Beerman, who asked each member of the Transit Authority to introduce themselves. 1. PRESENTATION ON FINANCIAL OUTLOOK FOR MASS TRANSIT. Mr. Bryce A. Stuart, City Manager, stated that the purpose of this joint meeting with the Transit Authority was to share information regarding the Transit fund. He explained that the financial outlook was slightly better than it appeared in May due to the stability of funds received from state and federal governments. However, the staff wishes to present this information for the elected and appointed bodies to take under advisement and perhaps come together at a later time for an update. Mrs. Ann Jones, Budget and Evaluation Director, prefaced the staff presentation by advising that staff expected a deficit in the transit fund in fiscal year 2005-2006. However, the situation has improved as Mr. Stuart stated, and the deficit should not occur until FY 2007-2008, which gives more time to address the decreasing fund balance. She then gave the presentation and responded to questions as appropriate. Also responding to questions were Mr. Stuart, Greg Turner, Assistant City Manager/Public Works, and Art Barnes, Winston-Salem Transit Authority Director. The following questions/concerns were raised by Council Members during the presentation: Asked for statistics on ridership for the last 3 years, especially after increase in marketing efforts; also, identify neighborhoods where ridership is heavy (Council Member Burke) Has staff come up with any factors affecting ridership since 1996? (Council Member Malloy) Would like to see rider profiles. Where are the workplaces of regular riders? Who is our target population and who are we reaching now? (Council Member Besse) Have we done anything to identify and meet needs of potential riders beyond currently established routes? What revenue have we received from allowing advertisements on buses? (Council Member Burke) Have we explored other ways of managing routes other than spoke system, i.e. grid or loop? (Council Member Merschel) Would like to see a breakdown of revenue in terms of what percentage are monthly passes and what percentage are individual fares. (Council Member Clark) Explore possibilities with major employers to offer bus passes to employees as part of benefit packages; could this be offered pre-tax? (Council Member Terry) Advertise where bus passes are available to the public. (Council Member Johnson) Work with the school system to see if some students could ride transit buses; this might also work for parents for special activities. (Council Member Burke) Use care in selecting locations for bus shelters so as not to disrupt neighborhoods. (Council Member Burke) Look at using different sizes of vehicles based on ridership; large buses are not always needed for every route. (Council Member Merschel) Put bus sizes and operating expenses in writing for Council’s information. (Council Member Burke) What can be done to alter the negative image of public transit and buses? (Council Member Johnson) We should not give up on attracting marginal riders; continue to collect data and take advantage of every outreach opportunity. (Council Member Besse) Mayor Joines thanked Chair Beerman and the WSTA Board. At 5:08 p.m., he called for a five-minute recess of this meeting Mayor Joines called the meeting back to order at 5:16 p.m. and called for the next item of discussion. 2. PRESENTATION ON RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION Mr. Stuart stated that Mr. Turner and Mrs. Becky McBride, Sanitation Director, will present information regarding the City’s current refuse collection policies, as well as alternative options. He remarked that the staff was making no recommendation on this issue, but wanted the Council to have all available information. Mr. Turner made the presentation and responded to questions along with Mrs. McBride. The following questions/concerns were raised by Council Members during the presentation: What is the tonnage of bulky item collection per 1,000 households? (Council Member Clark) Would like to see comparative data include bulky item collection and recycling. (Council Member Besse) How many households are projected to be collected under the exception method? (Council Member Besse) Provide more specifics on workers compensation claims. What sort of injuries should decrease? What additional injuries are anticipated? What percentage of total claims is expected to drop? Would City be trading one sort of injury for another, i.e. vascular problems instead of sprains? (Council Members Besse and Johnson) Need to address problem of citizens putting excess garbage at the curb to wait for collection days in advance; may need to amend the current policy which does not address this particular situation. (Council Member Johnson) Who conducted CERC survey and how were questions regarding refuse collection worded? Expressed concern that sometimes survey results are skewed when questions lead the respondent in a desired direction. (Council Member Besse) What percentage of sanitation workers make up total workers compensation claims? Are insurance rates affected by injuries? (Council Member Terry) Invite staff from Raleigh and Kernersville to speak to Council regarding their first-hand experience of how curbside collection works in their cities. Give pros and cons of their programs. (Council Members Clark and Merschel) Be sure to consider land mass and population in any comparison with other cities (Council Member Johnson) Expressed interest in offering a voluntary program (Council Member Clark) Asked for additional information on how curbside collection has worked in cities with regard to disabled citizens; if backyard collection is deemed unsafe during ice and snow events, would it not be unsafe for citizens to bring refuse to the curb? (Council Member Malloy) Mayor Joines thanked the staff for the presentation. He stated that it appears there is interest in looking at some form of voluntary program. He asked staff to begin work on putting together a proposal for voluntary curbside collection, and take it to the Public Works Committee for review. Council Member Merschel requested that the financial portion of whatever proposal is drafted be reviewed by the Finance Committee. ADJOURNMENT: 6:19 p.m.
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