Translink Board meets Wed Dec 7. Speakers apply by 8 am Monday. Topics: budget, finances, risk, debt

The agenda for the next Translink board meeting was posted online today.

The agenda is copied below. Information for persons who wish to speak is here:
http://www.translink.ca/en/About-Us/TransLink-Governance-and-Board/Public-Input.aspx

MetroVanWatch note: For better accountability and transparency, we would like to see all Translink board and committee meetings available on the web, live and archived. The same goes for Metro Vancouver. We hope many people will ask for this. See below this agenda for our concerns about TransLink in the context of the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy.

TRANSLINK BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AGENDA ITEMS
DECEMBER 7, 2011

Public input is invited between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The period for public input may be extended at the discretion of the board. To apply to make a presentation to the board, please complete the Public Input Application Form before 8:00 am on Monday December 5, 2011.

The following agenda items will be considered by the board following the receipt of public input.

• Previous Minutes

• Access Transit Users’ Advisory Committee Update

• Sustainable Funding Strategy Update

• Chief Executive Officer’s Report

• Strategic Initiatives Overview and 2012 Budget Parameters and Priorities

• Customer Commitment

• Q3 2011 Financial and Performance Results

• January 2012 Transit Tariff Bylaw

• Motor Fuel Tax Bylaw

• Financial Risk and Debt Management Policies

• International Swaps and Derivatives Association Master Agreements

• Extension of Credit Agreement

• Sustainability Assessment Tool Testing Results

• Operating Subsidiary Appointments

• TransLink Policies

MetroVanWatch comment:

  1. MetroVanWatch is concerned about Translink’s role and power under the newly adopted Regional Growth Strategy of Metro Vancouver.
  2. The RGS is a powerful land-use bylaw with a horizon of 30 years, and replaces the Livable Region Strategic Plan. The public barely heard about it during the critical final stages of closed-door negotiations in late 2010.
  3. Under the RGS, Translink is considered to be an “Affected Local Government” with voting power, even though it is not directly accountable to the public. Board members are politically appointed out of Victoria.
  4. The RGS designates large regions of urban areas along transit corridors for upzoning in zones 400 and 800 metres from stations, and gives TransLink the potential to profit from that. For more information visit here and search for TransLink.
  5. For video on this, by outgoing Vancouver councillor David Cadman, see this YouTube video starting at 2:57 of a 5:29 video.
    http://youtu.be/024L-ue7P5Q?t=2m50s
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