Washington State Transportation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda – April 26, 2017

Centralia City Hall Council Chambers
118 Maple Street, Centralia WA

Please note: All listed times are estimates only and the Commission reserves the right to move agenda items as needed.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Item 1: 9:00 am

Chairman Welcome & Introductions

Item 2: 9:05

Commission Business

  • Approval of March 22 & 23, 2017 – Action
  • Legislative Update

Item 3: 9:20

Transportation 101

Presenter: Paul Parker, Deputy Director, WSTC

An overview of the fiscal and policy framework of the statewide transportation system.

Item 4: 9:40

City Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Presenters: Kahle Jennings, Public Works Director, City of Centralia
Rick Sahlin, Public Works Director, City of Chehalis
Don Schmitt, Street Supervisor, City of Chehalis
David Fleckenstein, Airport Manager, City of Chehalis

Like many cities in the rural areas of the state, the two largest cities in Lewis County face both new growth and aging infrastructure.

Item 5: 10:20

County Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Presenter: Erik Martin, Public Works Director, Lewis County

Information and perspectives on transportation from Lewis County.

Break: 10:40

Item 6: 10:55

Public Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Presenter: Rob LaFontaine, Manager, Twin Transit

Transit, special needs transportation, and passenger train service in Lewis County.

Item 7: 11:20

Regional Transportation Issues, Challenges and Successes

Presenter: Bill Fashing, Executive Director, Southwest Washington RTPO

Southwest Washington has very different transportation issues and needs along its I-5 corridor, and in the areas distant from it.

Item 8: 11:45

Tribal Governments & Transportation: Mobility, Safety and Economy

Presenter: Jesse Gleason, Transportation Planner, Chehalis Confederated Tribes

The Chehalis Tribe will discuss its transportation vision and priorities and how it works with the state and others to improve mobility, safety, and economic vitality.

Lunch Break 12:00 pm

Item 9: 1:00

10 Years Later: Floods, I-5 and At Risk Transportation Infrastructure

Presenters: Jim Kramer, Facilitator, Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority

Bart Gernhart, Southwest Region, Assistant Administrator, WSDOT

Floods in 1990, 1996, and most recently in 2007, closed I-5 in Lewis County and severely damaged local infrastructure. Now, the Chehalis Basin Flood Authority is working toward a basin-wide flood control plan.

Item 10: 2:15

Economic Development and Transportation

Presenters: Matt Matayoshi, Executive Director, Lewis County Economic Development Council
Randy Mueller, Chief Executive Office, Port of Chehalis

Lewis County is midway between the Seattle and Portland markets. Rail and highway access are critical to economic vitality.

Break: 2:45

Item 11: 3:00

Tourism and Transportation

Presenters: Trent Richardson, President, White Pass Scenic Byway
Mary Kay Nelson, Marketing Manager, White Pass Scenic Byway
Jan Nontell, Vice President, Centralia Downtown Association
Travis Pollanz, Member, Centralia Downtown Association
Randy Mueller, Board Member, Chehalis Community Renaissance Team

Situated among three volcanoes, between two large metropolitan areas, and within proximity to the Pacific Ocean, tourism and recreation are growth industries in Lewis County.

Item 12: 3:30

WSDOT Regional Projects and Perspectives

Presenters: Kris Strickler, Southwest Region Administrator, WSDOT
Bart Gernhart, Southwest Region, Assistant Administrator, WSDOT

State transportation facilities and programs, from highways to rail, are essential to mobility and livability. Hear how WSDOT is responding to challenges in Southwest Washington.

Item 13: 4:00

Public Comment

Item 14: 4:15

Meeting Reflection and Next Steps

Adjourn: 4:30

(The Commission reserves the right to take action on any item during the Commission Meeting and may make adjustments to the order of the agenda items as well as the time of adjournment.)

All Transportation Commission and Committee meetings are open to the public.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by contacting the event sponsor (Commission Office at (360) 705-7070). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

Title VI Notice to Public

It is WSTC’s policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its federally funded programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinator 360-705-7082.