TECHNICAL PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES from May 7, 2014
Osage Centre – Cape Girardeau
Technical Planning Committee Members Present:
Ms. Mandi Brink, Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority (SEMO Port)
Mr. Drew Christian, Southeast Missouri Regional Planning & Economic Development
Commission (SEMO RPC)
Mr. Ron Eskew, City of Scott City
Mr. Joe Killian, Missouri Department of Transportation
Mr. Mike Latuszek, Federal Highway Administration (via conference call)
Mr. Bruce Loy, City of Cape Girardeau
Mr. Brian Okenfuss, Missouri Department of Transportation
Mr. Larry Payne, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce (Transportation Committee)
Mr. Mark Phillips, Cape Special Road District
Mrs. Eva Voss, Missouri Department of Transportation (via conference call)
Mr. Ryan Shrimplin, City of Cape Girardeau
Call to Order
Chairman Payne called the meeting to order at 11:03 a.m.
There were no introductions.
There were no public comments.
Adoption of Agenda
The agenda of the May 7, 2014 Technical Planning Committee Meeting was unanimously
approved for adoption upon motion made by Mr. Phillips and seconded by Mr. Eskew.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the April 23, 2014 Technical Planning Committee Meeting were unanimously
approved upon motion made by Mr. Christian and seconded by Mr. Phillips.
Southeast Metropolitan Planning Organization
Communications from the Chairman
There were no communications from the Chairman.
Mr. Shrimplin presented the final version of the Public Participation Plan. He stated that the
public comment period began March 20, 2014 and ended May 6, 2014, which was greater than
the required minimum 45-day period. The Board of Directors held a public hearing on April 23,
2014, which was advertised in the newspaper. No public comments were received. Mr.
Phillips made a motion to recommend adoption of the Public Participation Plan to the
Board of Directors. Ms. Brink seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Shrimplin presented the latest draft version of the FY 2015 Unified Planning Work Program
(UPWP). He stated that the document has been updated in several places, including the Board
and TPC member lists, tasks accomplished list, introduction, financial tables, and work element
descriptions. Comments were received from FHWA, FTA, and MoDOT. The draft is ready to
be released for the required minimum 15-day public comment period. Mrs. Voss reminded the
Committee that the Missouri Consolidated Planning Grant (CPG) funds must be spent within
five years or they will be forfeited. Mr. Shrimplin stated that per the Board’s directive, staff is to
expend the Illinois grant funds before using Missouri funds. Two of the Illinois grant funds are
one-time, start-up funds which must be used by June 30, 2015. Mr. Phillips made a motion to
recommend the Board of Directors release the draft FY 2015 Unified Planning Work
Program for public comment. Mr. Christian seconded the motion. The motion passed
The Committee discussed the upcoming regional prioritization meetings for the proposed
transportation sales tax. Representatives from SEMPO and the four RPC’s will be meeting with
MoDOT Southeast District staff to discuss their respective prioritized project lists, and to
develop a single project list for the entire district. In preparation for the first regional
prioritization meeting, Mr. Okenfuss asked the Committee how the I-55 corridor project could be
broken into smaller projects. The Committee decided to seek input from Cape Girardeau and
Jackson city officials as well as the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee.
Mr. Shrimplin stated that due to the required minimum 15-day public comment period for the FY
2015 UPWP, the next TPC meeting cannot be held on the first Wednesday in June as per the
normal schedule. Ms. Brink invited the Committee to hold its next meeting at the SEMO Port. A
tour of the port will be provided, followed by a complimentary lunch and the meeting. The
Committee scheduled the next meeting for June 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the SEMO Port.
Upon motion made by Mr. Phillips and seconded by Mr. Loy, the Committee unanimously voted
to adjourn the meeting at 11:36 a.m.