Parking Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes Friday, October 6, 2000
Parking Advisory Chairperson David Cowan convened a regular meeting of the Parking Advisory Committee at 11:08 AM on Friday, October 6, 2000 in the Student Senate's Conference Room at the Centennial Student Union.
Regular PAC Members Present 4 of 6 members
1. Rose Marie Ley AFSCME Council 6, Local 638 Representative
2. David Cowan Administration Representative
3. Catherine W. Hughes MSUAASF Bargaining Unit Representative
4. Sylvia Oelberg Off-Campus Student Association Representative
Regular PAC Members Absent 2 of 6 members
1. Steve Gilbert IFO Faculty Association Representative
2. Mikel Akers On-Campus Student Association Representative
Ex-officio, Nonvoting Members Present 2 of 7 members
1. Kate Voight Parking Citation Appeals Board Liaison
2. Dave Neve Business Affairs Representative
Members Absent 5 of 7 members
1. Christopher Goettl Residence Hall Association Representative
2. Larry Kohanek Facilities Mgmt. Planning & Construction Manager
3. Diane Solinger Residential Life Office Representative
4. Sue Edstrom Parking and Traffic Services Coordinator
5. Scott Hagebak Space Scheduling Liaison
Others in Attendance
1. C. Rhys Gaffer Student Observer
2. Landon Jones Alumni Observer
Traffic Pedestrian Sign Installed on Maywood
Chairperson Cowan reported that he had just installed a "stop while pedestrian in cross walk" sign in the middle of the road on Maywood Avenue on the painted walkway between the Performing Arts Center and Wissink Center. The sign was provided by the City of Mankato at the request of MSU. The City also gave Cowan the name and address of the vendor who sells such signs.
The City loaned the sign to MSU in response to complaints registered with the PAC about speeders racing down Maywood. Kate Voight reminded Committee members that Security was developing a comprehensive plan to better deal with pedestrian needs.
White Complimentary Parking Permits Status of Emeriti/Retiree Benefit
It was reported that the President's Cabinet was seeking the views of the Parking Advisory Committee concerning the existing "free" parking permit benefit for MSU employees who retire in "good standing" with a minimum of ten years of service. Of the 312 white permits issued last year, 204 were distributed to retired employees who are members of the Society of Honored Staff, Teaching, & Administrative/Service Emeriti. [Of the 312 white permit holders for 1999-2000, the Alumni Board got 30; Foundation Board 10; Heartland Express Drivers 8; Mankato and North Mankato police 5 each; FBI 2; Mankato officials 5; Blue Earth County officials 8; Media 23, School District 9; and volunteer coaches 2, and emeriti 204.]
To become a Society member the retired employee's name must be submitted to the department heat, the appropriate vice president at least six weeks prior to the employee's retirement date. The University President makes the final decision on all such recommendations.
Other benefits received by Society members include: MavCard ID and vending cash strip purchasing capability; library access; Today AT Minnesota State magazine subscription; admission to two intercollegiate athletic games and reduced rate for athletic season ticket seats; internet and PALS system dial-in access through retiree's own computer; Campus Computer Store low price purchasing privileges; and one complimentary ticket per production held at the Ted Paul Theatre.
PAC members noted that the free white complimentary permit's value had diminished over the past couple of years as over 500 close-in purple permit stalls were eliminated due to construction. A white permit holder can only park in purple and/or orange permit stalls. During class days in the morning a close-in purple permit stall is very hard to find. Most retirees use their permit to attend special University functions and it allows them to park on campus to attend meetings of boards and committees they serve on as volunteers.
Cathly Hughes moved the PAC recommends that the current parking benefit remain available to Society members. And, in view of the fact a white permit holder might end up parked in more distant purple or orange parking lots, that a bus key chain tag also be provided to give white permit holders a free bus ride back and forth to their parked vehicle. Motion Passed Unanimously.
Proposed Use of Crossing Guards to Control Pedestrians at High Traffic Intersections
Committee members raised concerns about pedestrian cross walk habits at these high traffic Intersections: east end of Ellis Avenue/Stadium Road; west end of Warren Street/Stadium Road. At certain times of the morning and early afternoon vehicles are backed up primarily because MSU pedestrians don't wait and allow the vehicles to pass choosing instead to keep walking across Stadium Road.
The Committee authorized Chairperson Cowan to find out the cost related to hiring part-time pedestrian crossing guards similar to those used by area schools. [Mike Hoffman, Deputy Director of Department of Public Safety, is the probable contact person to explore crossing guard options.] PAC members stated that asking Parking & Traffic Services officers may not be cost effective as they are hired primary to ensure against illegal parking.
Revised 2000-01 Parking Income and Spending Plans
PAC Chairperson David Cowan then reviewed particulars of a two page, 13 column budget summary distributed to Advisory Committee members. He noted that the cash balance deficit from 6/30/99 of $157,720 had been reduced to a 6/30/00 cash deficit of $101,758. Predicted cash balance for 6/30/01 is now predicted at $8,889, assuming no surprises.
Bike Rack Purchase Endorsed
PAC members then decided to take action on a report submitted by student Solongo Tserendavaa which was presented to the Advisory Committee on September 14th. Her recommendations called for a seven-year "phased replacement" with an average of six racks ($570 each for 139" long unit with a capacity of 22 bikes). Annual cost would be $3,430. The racks would be galvanized and powder coated with a color match with the new purple Mall furniture. Of the 57 racks (600 bike capacity), 45 need to be replaced, according to the Tserendavaa report.
Rose Marie Ley moved that the PAC purchase a bike rack as described in the report. [This purchase would be linked to the Administration's purchase of two bike racks.] Motion carried unanimously. Location of the racks will be left to the Administration recognizing that the report called for these locations: Taylor Center, Wissink, and Morris.
Paylot Attendant's Booth Replacement Urged
Rose Marie Ley moved that the PAC reaffirm that parking funds should be used to replace and make ADA compliant. As part of the motion the PAC agreed that the $15,000 ceiling endorsed earlier should be raised to "up to $20,000" to ensure the construction of an attractive, secure, versatile, and "all weather" booth. Ley's motion also includes a proposed construction end date of January 1, 2001. Without further discussion the Ley motion, with all of its parts, was voted on. Motion carried.
Status of Residence Hall Discount Green Lot 20a "Call Back"
PAC Chairperson David Cowan, responding to a request of Cathy Hughes, stated that 50 Lot 20a permit holders who live in McElroy/Crawford had been invited to upgrade to a $130 regular green permit. Similarly, 50 Gage residents received a letter inviting them to trade up to a closer-in permit from the Lot 20a permit which cost $58.
Initial reports from the cashiers was not very encouraging making PAC members wonder if the having the students pay the difference of $72 was a drawback. [Round #1 lists indicate: only 11 out of the 50 for Gage; 21 out of 49 for McElroy/Crawford. A Round #2 letter to the next 25 McElroy/Crawford Lot 20a permit holders was issued Friday, October 6th.]
Railroad Ties for "Free Lot"
Kate Voight reported that she and David Cowan sent a work order to the Building & Grounds Department requested that wooden railroad ties be purchased from parking funds and installed as temporarily curbs in Lot 23, the Free Lot. The request also included wooden railroad ties to be lined up on the east side of Lot 1, in back of Gage Center. Use of ties would allow an inexpensive way of ensuring that customers avoid parking on the grass. PAC members indicated support for the Voight/Cowan initiative.
Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 12:17 PM.
David Cowan, Chairperson
Parking Advisory Committee
PAC Meets Next: Friday, October 20, 2000, in the Student Senate's Conference
Room at from 11 AM to 12:15 PM.