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MINUTES OF THE TWENTY-SECOND MEETING OF THE
METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
DECEMBER 5, 1967
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Trans-
it Authority held its regular meeting on December 5, 1967, at
3:30 P.M., in the Glenn Building Conference Room, Atlanta.
Mr. Richard H. Rich, Chairman, presided. :
Robert F. Adamson (City of Atlanta)
Sanford Atwood (DeKalb County)
M. C. Bishop (Fulton County)
Roy A. Blount (DeKalb County)
Rawson Haverty (City of Atlanta)
K. A. McMillon (Gwinnett County)
L. D. Milton (City of Atlanta)
Richard H. Rich (City of Atlanta)
Edgar Blalock (Clayton County)
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
H. L. Stuart, General Manager
King Elliott, Public Information Director
Earl Nelson, Chief Engineer
H. N. Johnson, Secretary to General Manager
Glenn E. Bennett, Secretary
W. O. Salter, Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas,
J. A. Coil, Resident Manager, Parsons, Brinckerhoff-
R. W. Gustafson, Supervising Engineer, Parsons, Brincker-
Jacques Labourer, Eric Hill Associates
Tom Watson Brown, Huie and Harland
Don Ingram, Central Atlanta Progress, Inc.
P. A. Springer, Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
Mrs. Rachel Champagne, J. D. Wingfield, Jr., Atlanta
Region Metropolitan Planning Commission
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman.
Upon motion by Mr. Bishop, seconded by Mr. McMillon, the
minutes of the November meeting were unanimously approved.
Mr. Stuart presented the November 30th budget report and said
most items were as projected. There were no questions and the
report was accepted.
Report of General Manager
Mr. Stuart said the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers
had passed a resolution endorsing the transit project, and
expressing a desire to establish a speakers bureau.
Mr. Stuart reported on a recent trip to Louisville, to contact
officials of the L. & N. Railroad and present details of the
transit plan. He said the new lease for the A. & W.P. Railroad
contained specific reference as to how rapid transit should be
routed through the area to the west of Union Station.
The General Manager said meetings had been held with railroads,
planning groups, municipal officials, and with Fulton, DeKalb,
and Gwinnett County Commissioners. The proposed legislative
program had been discussed with members of the House and Senate
from the four counties. He planned a trip to Washington to
discuss the 1968 legislative program with Representatives
Blackburn and Thompson.
Mr. Stuart mentioned a visit on November 28, from Mr. Carl Hill,
an assistant to Mr. Charles Haar of HUD in Washington. Mr. Hill
had been shown the plans and reviewed progress in the design
Mr. Stuart said he and Mr. Bennett would appear before the
Fulton County Grand Jury on December 12. (Subsequently, Mr.
Haverty was substituted for Mr. Stuart.)
Mr. Rich had testified before the Rainey Sub-Committee of the
Georgia House of Representatives on November 30, and requested
Mr. Stuart to send a copy of his testimony to the Board members.
Reports by Consultants
Mr. John Coil reported that the 701 report had been dis-
tributed, and the popular summary version would be ready
for distribution within one week. He said the engineers
were continuing to update the plan and resolve questions
with governments. He had been encouraged by responses
from the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad and by the L. & N.
Corridor Impact Study
Mr. J. D. Wingfield, Jr., Planning Director for ARMPC,
commented on the corridor impact study. He said the
study was designed to examine potentials. Examples had
been looked at, such as outlying stations, but most of
the work had been done on developed sections of the lines.
Mr. Wingfield said many of the ideas would depend upon
the initiative of the elected officials to do early work
so MARTA could take advantage of opportunities. He
stressed that this study was not totally a "MARTA study,"
but pointed up the opportunities for local governments to
Contract between Georgia Department of Industry & Trade and
Copies of a proposed contract between MARTA and the Georgia
Department of Industry & Trade were distributed for considera-
tion. The State of Georgia had appropriated $500,000 per year
to MARTA, and the Department of Industry & Trade had been desig-
nated the agency who would disburse these funds. The contract
provided for appropriations to be paid quarterly in advance, and
provided that such funds could be used for direct or indirect
costs, including debt service, administration, operating, plan-
ning, designing, finishing, right-of-way acquisition, and rolling
The contract provided further that the State could appropriate
real estate, in lieu of cash. It also gave the State a
reversionary interest in the property of the Authority, in the
same proportion as the State's appropriation to MARTA.
The contract required an annual audit of the books of MARTA
to be sent to the State.
The contract was for 50 years, and would cover subsequent
appropriations as: they were made.
After discussion of the contract provisions, the following
resolution was presented: :
BE IT RESOLVED that Henry L. Stuart, General
Manager, and Glenn E. Bennett, Secretary, be and
hereby are authorized and directed to execute on
behalf of this Authority a contract substantially
in the form as presented to this Board, subject to
approval of counsel, with the State of Georgia, by
and through its Department of Industry & Trade, for
the transfer and payment to this Authority of funds
appropriated and to be appropriated by the Legis-
lature and Governor of Georgia for the purposes of
this Authority; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said General Mana-
ger and Secretary be and hereby are authorized and
directed to execute any and all further documents
as may be reasonably necessary to the transfer and
payment of said funds; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Citizens Trust
Company be and hereby is designated as the deposi-
tory for said funds and that all withdrawals there-
from shall be only over the signatures of either
the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Board of this
Authority and either the General Manager or the
Chief Engineer of this Authority.
Upon motion by Mr. McMillon, seconded by Dr. Atwood, the above
resolution was unanimously adopted.
Appointment of Auditor for 1968
Mr. Stuart had received a proposal from Arthur Andersen Company
to continue auditing services as needed for the year ending
December 31, 1968, for a fee of $500. Mr. Bishop made a motion,
seconded by Mr. McMillon, that this contract be renewed. The
motion was unanimously passed.
The 1968 budget estimates were presented by the General Manager,
who recommended the proposed budget for adoption. Mr. Stuart
said the budget had been reviewed by the Board earlier. The
Chairman asked for a breakdown and explanation of an item of
$750,000 for preliminary design of the transit center. The
General Manager agreed to provide an explanation of this item,
and Mr. Bishop made a motion that the budget for 1968 be ©
adopted, subject to a satisfactory review of the item questioned
by the Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Adamson and
A copy of the 1968 budget as adopted is attached hereto and
made a part of these minutes.
Authorization under Retainer Agreement
The General Manager requested authorization for $500 to be
expended under the retainer agreement, to pay for copies of
the 100-scale plan and profile drawings which are being re-
quested by the State Highway Department, the railroads, and
others. Mr. Stuart showed samples of these prints, and said
the engineers had been making them available at cost. Mr.
Bishop made a motion, seconded by Mr. McMillon, that a sum of
$500 be allocated for these prints, from the retainer agreement.
The motion was unanimously passed.
It was agreed that the General Manager would poll the members
as to a date in January for the regular meeting, which would
not conflict with holiday plans. It was tentatively agreed
that January 5 would be agreeable. Notice would be sent after
the staff had checked with all members.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 P.M.