PSA: TriMet Board Meeting for December 2010

Via Al M and the Portland Tribune: TriMet’s Board of Directors will be meeting this Wednesday.

This meeting may be of relevant interest to community members in the Portland Metro area, as the board is going to vote on 6 resolutions costing approximately $365 million; the two biggest ticket items being $219 million to eminent domain and displace 65 business and 12 residences, and $127 million to authorize contracts for a new bridge. They will also vote on approximately $525 million worth of bonds to finance the project. For reasons unknown though, TriMet has not listed this meeting information on their website (as of Monday morning, their website for the board meetings still lists the information for the last board briefing which was held on November 24. Granted I’m writing this at 4am Monday morning, so by the time normal business hours roll around it might be updated, but still… why wasn’t it posted prior to this week?)

As this meeting is just a couple days away, I feel that TriMet should be informing the public of the time, date, and location of the meeting should any concerned citizen wish to give public testimony on the resolutions or anything else on the board’s agenda. I mean, I’m sure it’s going to unanimously pass anyway given how gung-ho TriMet leadership is about this project despite valid concerns that we can’t afford it, but taxpayers should have the right to have their opinions heard, whether they are in favor or opposed.

If these meetings are open to the public, then notices of their locations and times should be very clearly given to the public – not just, say, putting the notice on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of the Leopard”.

Given that most people (including yours truly) work on Wednesdays, it’s only fair that people have advanced notice of these meetings should they need to make alternate work arrangements.

So I’m sorry I didn’t post this sooner, but if you want to attend the meeting:

DATE/TIME: Wednesday December 8, 2010 at 9am

LOCATION: Carvlin Hall at the St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave(near 18th& Division)

Plan your trip to the board meeting on TriMet.

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5 responses to “PSA: TriMet Board Meeting for December 2010

  1. I also find the selection of a church somewhat curious?
    The racer pointed out that maybe us uppity unionists may be less likely to raise hell in the “lords house”.

    I can’t remember the last time a meeting was held in a church.

    • Actually the Milwaukie Light Rail Citizens Advisory Committee regularly meets in that church, so it’s not unheard of for Milwaukie-related meetings. Though it’s not typical for board meetings, as far as I know.

  2. I’ve noticed the only other notice they give is printed in the classifieds on the Saturday before the meeting, in the “Public Notices” section. Like anyone looks there.

    I sometimes wonder if the lack of any real advance notice, meeting times when almost everyone else has work or class (9 AM on Wednesdays), and now the Ronco® Rotating Wheel of Mystery Meeting Sites, is all designed to ensure the least amount of public participation as possible. C-TRAN, Spokane Transit, and even Salem/Keizer have better notice (2 out of the 3 even have their meetings on local cable access)—and Salem/Keizer is virtually unusable, and their main capital project is condemned!

    As for the statement in the agenda that meeting materials are available to the public before the meeting—that’s an absolute lie. I once went to the main office on the Monday the agenda was posted to ask for an advance copy of some of the resolutions, and was told by the receptionist they aren’t available until after the board votes on them! (Is that even legal?)

  3. “””Actually the Milwaukie Light Rail Citizens Advisory Committee regularly meets in that church, so it’s not unheard of for Milwaukie-related meetings.”””

    ~~~~>Well that explains it obviously! DAMN! I was hoping for a deep and dark conspiracy of the Trimet executives!

    Haha!

  4. You can subscribe to TriMet email updates and get advance notices of Board meetings.

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