Meeting Agenda – June 26-27, 2024

Cheney City Council Chambers
Cheney City Hall
609 Second Street
Cheney, WA

This meeting will be conducted using Zoom Webinar and requires registration to participate:

June 26 – Register
June 27 – Register

Meetings are webcast live on TVW

For those unable to attend the meeting virtually, please contact the Commission for assistance at 360.705.7070 or email transc@wstc.wa.gov.

Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state by finding the nearest Drive-In WiFi Hotspot: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/

 


PUBLIC NOTICE

The Commission reserves the right to take action on any item on the agenda, make adjustments to the order of agenda items, and adjust the time of adjournment as needed.

Public Testimony

Those wishing to offer comments can do so during the public comment period either in person or virtually, after registering online. To sign up for virtual comment, using the Q&A box found on-screen during the meeting, indicate your name and that you would like to provide comments. Written comments can also be submitted via email at: transc@wstc.wa.gov.

The Commission welcomes all viewpoints and requests speakers be courteous, respectful, and comply with time limitations as specified by the Commission Chair.  Unacceptable behavior, including vulgar and obscene language, threats, and personal attacks, will result in removal from the meeting.

Safety First

If you plan to engage in this meeting from your car, we encourage you to do so while parked.

 


Wednesday, June 26, 2024

 9:00 a.m.

Tour of local Transportation Facilities

Item 1: 1:00 p.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Debbie Young, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 1:15

Local Welcome

Presenter: Chris Grover, Mayor, City of Cheney

Cheney’s mayor will provide an overview of the city’s transportation successes and challenges, providing context for the day’s presentations.

Item 3: 1:30

Transportation Update

Presenters: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Carl See
, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Paula Reeves
, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission
Aaron Halbert
, Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

Cheney’s mayor will provide an overview of the city’s transportation successes and challenges, providing context for the day’s presentations.

Item 4: 2:00

Regional Transportation: The Big Picture

Presenter: Lois Bollenback, Executive Director, Spokane Regional Transportation Council

This fast-growing region of the state has a variety of transportation needs centered on public safety, preservation, quality of life, and economic viability. An overview of successes and challenges in the region will be provided.

Break: 2:45

Item 5: 3:00

Cities of the West Plains: Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenters: Mark Shuller, City Administrator, City of Cheney
Todd Ableman
, Public Works Director, City of Cheney
Bill White
, Consulting Engineer, Ardurra, Airway Heights
Sonny Weathers
, City Administrator, Medical Lake

Cities of the West Plains, including Cheney, Airway Heights and Medical Lake, will discuss their transportation challenges, planning efforts, and recent successes.

Item 6: 4:00

The Future of Regional Transit

Presenter: Susan Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, Spokane Transit

Accessible transportation is critical to the quality of life in the region. Spokane Transit will highlight post-COVID trends and give an update on various capital projects.

Item 7: 4:30

Spokane County Transportation Needs

Presenters: Kyle Twohig, Director, Public Works, Spokane County
Matt Zarecor
, County Engineer, Spokane County

An overview of the county’s operations will be provided, focusing on successes and challenges in responding to the county’s transportation needs amid rapid growth.

Closing and Recess: 5:00

Commissioner Dinner: 6:30

 


Thursday, June 27, 2024 – Reconvene Day 2

Item 8: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Debbie Young, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 9: 9:05

Commission Business

Presenter: Aaron Halbert, Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

  • May Meeting Summary
  • Tolling Streamlining Study – ACTION

Item 10: 9:30

Spokane and Kalispel Tribal Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenters: Francis Sijohn, Executive Director, Spokane Tribe of Indians
Margo Hill, Associate Professor, Eastern Washington University and Board Member, Northwest Tribal Transportation Program
Brandon Haugen, Executive Director of Real Estate, Kalispel Development Company

An update on transportation successes, needs, and opportunities by The Spokane Tribe of Indians and Kalispel Tribe of Indians will be presented.

Item 11: 10:15

Economic Development in Cheney and Spokane County

Presenters: Chris Pengra, Executive Director, S3R3 – West Plains
Brett Lucas
, Principal Planner and Economic Development Coordinator, City of Cheney

Perspectives guiding economic development will be shared, highlighting the role and impact transportation has in supporting business, growing the economy, and supporting new housing growth in the area.

Item 12: 10:45

Regional Airport Growth and Development

Presenters: Lisa Corcoran, Director, Planning and Development Department, Spokane International Airport
Colin Hayden, Project Manager, Spokane International Airport
Jeffrey Johnson
, Deputy Director for Installation Support, 92nd Mission Support Group, Fairchild Air Force Base

Spokane International Airport and Fairchild Air Force Base are economic drivers for the area. Leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities that accompany growth and development in the region.

Item 13: 11:15

Eastern Washington University Transportation Safety and Needs

Presenter: Mary Voves, Vice President for Business & Finance, Eastern Washington University

EWU is a growing public university with a campus encompassing more than 300 acres in Cheney. An overview of the university’s transportation successes, challenges, and needs will be covered.

Item 14: 11:40

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Overview

Presenter: Mike Frucci, Regional Administrator, Eastern Region, Washington State Department of Transportation

An overview will be provided of WSDOT’s Eastern Region, including planned and active projects in the area.

Item 15: 12:10 p.m.

Public Comment

Public comment is limited to three minutes per speaker.

  • To comment in person, please place your name on the sign-up in the meeting room.
  • To sign up for virtual public comment, please put your name and interest in the Q&A box found on screen during the meeting.
  • The Commission welcomes all viewpoints and requests speakers be courteous, respectful, and comply with time limitations as specified by the Commission Chair.

Item 16: 12:20

Commission Business

  • Commission Reflections and Reports

Adjourn: 12:30

Next Meeting:
July 24-25, 2024 – Chelan WA

 


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