Box 21, Folder 5, Document 20

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Box 21, Folder 5, Document 20

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NOVEMBER 7, 1967
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid
Transit Authority held its regular meeting on November 7, 1967,
at 3:30 P.M., in the Glenn Building Conf8rence 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 Have rty (City of Atlanta)
L . D. Milton (City of Atlanta)
Richard H . Rich (City of Atlanta)
Edgar Bl al oc k (Clay ton County )
K. A. McMilLon (Gwinnett County)
Metropoli t an Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
H. L . Stuart , General Manager
King Elliott , Public Information Director
Ear l Nel son , Chief Engineer
H . N. John son , Se cretary to Gen eral Manager
Con su ltan ts
Wa l t e r Doug l as, Pars ons, Bri n c kerhof f, Quade & Douglas ,
New Yo rk
J. A. Co i l , Res ide nt Manag e r, Par sons , Bri nck e rh off- Tud o r
Bechte l , At l ant a
Leon Eplan, Er i c Hil l As s oc iat es, Atlan ta
W. Stell Hu i e, Huie & Har land, Atlanta
George Go odwin, Bell & S t ant on, At l a nt a
Bill Bates, Be l l & Stanton, Atlanta
�Financial Advisors and Bond Counsel
Lloyd Hatcher, White, Weld & Company, New York
Dan O'Conner, King & Spalding, Atlanta
John Mobley, Gambrell & Mobley, Atlanta
T. M. Callaway, DeKalb County Commissioner
Aubrey Couch, Decatur-DeKalb Development Association
Don Ingram; Central Atlanta Progress, Inc.
Margaret Hurst, Atlanta Constitution
Mrs. Rachel Champagne, J. D. Wingfield, Jr., Jerry Coursey,
Atlanta Region Metropolitan Planning Commission
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman.
Upon motion by Mr. Bishop, s e conded by Mr. Adamson, the minute s
of the October meeting were unanimously approved.
Financial Report
The Genera l Ma n a ger presented the financial report as of
Oct ober 30, 1967, which is attach ed h ereto a nd made a p art o f
these minutes. He reported receipt of funds from Gwinnett
County during the month, making it current in its appropriations to the Authority. Mr. Stuart said e x penditures for the
year would be l ess than anticipated, and a surplus of $105,238
was projecte d. There were no questions, and Mr. Bishop made a
motion that the financial r e port b e approved. Dr. Atwood
s e conded the motion and it was un animously p assed.
Report o f General Manager
Mr. Stua rt s a id over six ty meetings had been held with various
a g e ncies i n the area conce rned with transporta tion and pla nning,
as th e 702 work o f the e nginee rs h a d b e gun to r e flect preliminary drawings in more detail. Mr. Nelson, Chief Engineer,
presented a map showing e x pressways e x isting, under c onst ruction , and proposed. He said the MARTA e nginee rs were working
wi t h Stat e Highway De p a r t me nt e ngineers on all f utur e improveme n t s planned f o r th e e x presswa y system, in a n effort to
coordinate all tran sportati o n pla nn i ng.
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�Mr. Rich suggested the possibility of a spur line off Lenox
Road in the center of the freeway to Sandy Springs be considered as part of the long-range plan. He felt it would be
a logical and relatively inexpensive way to accommodate the
projected e x plosive growth in Sandy Springs.
Mr. Callaway of the DeKalb County Commission inquired about
the possibility of having a station in Court Square in Decatur
instead of along the railroad near Agnes Scott College. He
said officials of Agnes Scott would like to have it as far
from the college as possible, and officials of Decatur and
DeKalb County would like to have it as near the center of
Decatur as possible.
Mr. Callaway mentioned urban renewal land available in the
heart of Decatur, and asked that this be considered at an early
date. Mr. Aubrey Couch, representing the Decatur-DeKalb
Development Association, also endorsed the exploration of the
use of Decatur's urban renewal land for a transit station,
parking, etc.
In connection with Mr. Callaway's request, Mr. Blount asked
if it would be feasible to send an engineer to Decatur to
talk about the requests for changes. Mr. Coil said this would
be done, and Mr. Callaway requested that DeKalb County officials
be included in such a meeting.
Mr. Rich said the site along the railroad had been proposed as
the most economical, but the plans were tentative, and public
hearings would be held in all jurisdictions , and all suggestions considered before the Authority adopted a final plan.
The General Manager said meetings with all of the railroads
would be completed within one week . Preliminary engineering
plans had been left with the engineers of the railroads for
study . It was the consensus of the Boar d that the time was
approaching when the Board should begin to se r iously negotiate
with the policymaking heads of the rail r oads . In response to
a question , Mr . Walter Douglas replied t h at as soon as the
railroad e n g i nee r s had t i me to absorb the plans , it would be
well to s e ek agreement on operational and political feasi bi li ty, l eav i n g the ques ti on of mon e y esti mates until there
had been a f a vor able bond issue and money was available with
wh i ch to n egot i ate .
Mr . Have rty mad e a motion t hat the 70 1 rep o r t be sent to the
head s o f the railroads at the appr opriate time , wi t h a pe r sona l
letter from t he Chairman of the Aut hority . The moti o n was
unanimously pass e d.
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�Reports by Consultants
Parsons, Brinckerhoff-Tudor, Bechtel
Mr. John coil said the 701 report had been printed and
was being bound. The popular report, which was to be a
condensed version of the 701 report, would be in draft
form for review within a week by ARMPC and MARTA, and
would be printed within about three weeks.
He said studies of re finement were continuing, and the
engineers continued to make evaluations as to use of
construction, patronage, etc., and to consider alternate
solutions or revisions in the recommendations.
Eric Hill As sociates
Mr. Leon Eplan said the comme nts of his firm on three of
the lines had been given to the engineers, the Planning
Commission, and the Authority. Work on the other line
would be completed soon, and the writing of the final
report had begun. It was hoped their final report would
be available by the end of the year.
Report of ARMPC Planning Director
Mr. J. D. Wingfield, Jr ., ARMPC Planning Director, reviewed
the proposed amendment to the Section 9 application, approved
by the MARTA Board at its Octobe r 3rd meeting. He s a id the
ame ndme nt r equ e st h a d been fil e d with the Department of
Housing and Urban Development as of October 3, 1967. This
extension would involve the use of Alan M. Voorhees Associates
to give an objective apprai sal of tra nsit planning to date.
The study was expected to cost $10,000 in local money, and to
take appr ox imately three months. This study, hopefully, would
satisfy the interests of the De partment o f Housing and Urban
De v e lopme nt and the Bureau o f Public Roads in their efforts
to coordinate various public investments in transportation, as
well as their concern for the broader impact of transit on the
r eg ion .
Mr. Rich mentioned the pos sibil ity o f additi onal studies in
the future, to examine coordination with the existi ng b u s
Report of Legal Counsel
Mr. Stell Huie o f Huie and Harland, Counsel for the Authority,
introduce d Mr. Lloyd Hatcher of White, We ld & Company,
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�financial advisors of New York, and Mr. Dan O'Conner of King
and Spalding, and Mr. John Mobley of Gambrell and Mobley,
both bond counsel firms of Atlanta. Mr. Huie said several
meetings had been held to develop a financial plan which
would be practical, with bonds at the lowest possible interest.
After discussing various ways of financing, it was recommended
that a committee be appointed to work with the financial advisors, bond counsel, and Hammer, Greene, Siler Associates,
to develop current recommendations which could be used in support of a bond issue.
The Chairman appointed Mr. Adamson, Dr. Atwood, and Mr. Huie
as a committee to work with financial advisors, bond co~nsel
and Hammer, Greene, Siler Associates, to refine and review
such variables as interest rates and inflation factors, . in an
effort to be certain a realistic millage rate would be used in
presenting a bond issue to the public.
The Chairman also appointed Mr. Haverty as Chairman, together
with Mr. Blount and Mr. Bishop, as a committee to work in the
area of public information under the direction of Mr. George
Goodwin of Bell and Stanton, to develop the best way to present
the plan to the public for referendum.
Upon motion by Mr. Blount, seconded by Dr. Atwood, the Board
unanimously concurred in the appointment of these two committees by the Chairman.
Mr. Hui e r e vi ewe d 17 proposed ame ndme nts to th e MARTA l e gislation, which counsel considered important, and suggested that
new legislation incorporating these amendments be submitted
to the Legislature in the January session. The suggested
change s are attached to and made a part of these minutes .
Dr. Atwood made a moti on th a t counsel b e g i v e n aut hor ity t o
dra ft l e gis l a tion incorporating th e propos e d ame ndme nts and
.submit it to local governments and legislative representatives
of loc a l governments for study. Mr. Bishop seconded the motion,
and it was unanimously p a ss e d.
The meeting wa s a d journed at 5 : 00 P . M.
Ne x t Meeting
Decemb er 5, 1967.
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