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Committees and Decision-Making ProcessMidtown AA Decision-Making Chart

Three committees provide input and direction for the Midtown Alternatives Analysis (AA), which is lead by Metro Transit and the project management team (PMT):

The makeup, roles and responsibilities of each of these committees is described below. As shown on the right, the TAC, CAC and PMT inform the PAC, which will in turn passes along the Locally Preferred Alternative recommendation to the Metropolitan Council, where final decision-making authority rests.

Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)

The PAC consists of policymakers, elected and appointed officials from the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis and other key partner agencies and organizations. The PAC participates in the overall direction and guidance of the study process, will discuss project alternatives and will make the final locally preferred alternative (LPA) recommendation to the Metropolitan Council. The PAC will meet at least quarterly for the duration of the AA and more frequently if needed to address specific issues. The PMT will provide meeting agendas and materials in advance, and will provide a meeting summary to record the discussion.

Name Organization
Lisa Bender City of Minneapolis - City Council
Alondra Cano City of Minneapolis - City Council
Peter Wagenius City of Minneapolis - Mayor's Office
Peter McLaughlin Hennepin County
Gail Dorfman Hennepin County
Dave Burrill Lake Street Council
Ronald Lezama Latino Economic Development Center
Janet Olson Midtown Community Works Partnership
Adam Juul Midtown Community Works Partnership
Adam Duininck Metropolitan Council - Vice Chair
Gary Cunningham Metropolitan Council - PAC Chair
John DeWitt Midtown Greenway Coalition
Kenya McKnight Transportation Advisory Board


Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

This committee is made up of representatives from from the Metropolitan Council, Metro Transit, Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, MnDOT and others. Its purpose is to provide technical guidance and assist in the resolution of technical issues in their field. It will not “vote” on the LPA, but will provide guidance to the PAC on which alternative is the most technically feasible. The TAC will meet at least bi-monthly for the duration of the AA and more frequently if needed to address specific issues. The PMT will provide meeting agendas and materials in advance, and will provide a meeting summary to record the discussion. 

Name Organization
Dean Michalko Hennepin County - Housing, Community Works and Transit
Kerri Pearce Rush Hennepin County - Housing, Community Works and Transit
Lisa Johnson Metro Transit - Bus Operations
Maurice Roers Metro Transit - Engineering and Facilities
John Humphrey Metro Transit - Rail Operations
John Dillery Metro Transit - Service Development
Michael Mechtenberg Metro Transit - BRT/Small Starts Project Office
Charles Carlson Metro Transit - BRT/Small Starts Project Office
Jim Alexander Metro Transit - Southwest LRT Project Office
Katie White Metropolitan Council
Paul Mogush Minneapolis - Community Planning and Economic Development
Don Pflaum Minneapolis - Public Works
Simon Blenski Minneapolis - Public Works
Gina Mitteco MnDOT

 

Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The role of this committee is to bring a community voice to the AA planning process. The CAC is an essential connection between residents, property owners, businesses and employees in the project area and the planning process that will affect their community. Although the CAC does not have direct decision-making authority, it can make recommendations to the PMT and PAC which, in turn, will make recommendations to the Metropolitan Council. 

Name Neighborhood Association
Rob Binder CARAG
Michael Wilson Cedar-Isles-Dean
Eric Weiss Central
Kathleen Hoffer Corcoran
Harry Savage East Calhoun
Candace Dow East Isles
Shawn Pearson East Phillips
-open- Longfellow/Cooper
David Greene Lowry Hills East
-open- Lyndale
Tara Beard Midtown Phillips
Amanda Dlouhy Phillips West
Patrick Ciernia Powderhorn Park
Rolf Scholtz Seward
Jeff Peltola West Calhoun
Muneer Karcher-Ramos Whittier
Name Business Association
Thatcher Imboden Businesses at the Edge of Lake Calhoun
Cliff Roberts Lyndale Neighborhood Business Association
Dave Johnson Midtown Business Association
Julie Ingebretsen Midtown Business Association
Sheldon Mains Redesign/Seward Civic and Commerce Association
Michael McLaughlin South Hennepin Business Association
 
Name                 Other                                            
Aaron Isaacs At-large
Mary Matze At-large
John DeWitt PAC member - CAC co-chair
Joyce Wisdom PAC member - CAC co-chair

 

Project Management Team (PMT)

This team includes staff members from Metro Transit, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis who are actively involved in the day-to-day management of the AA. The PMT will facilitate coordination among partner agencies, the Consultant team, the FTA and other project committees. The PMT oversees all technical work, the project schedule and staff recommendations to the TAC and PAC. The PMT will meet at least monthly for the duration of the AA. The consultant team will staff meetings, prepare meeting agendas in coordination with Metro Transit staff, and prepare meeting materials and summaries.

Name Organization
Michael Mechtenberg Metro Transit - BRT/Small Starts Project Office
Charles Carlson Metro Transit - BRT/Small Starts Project Office
Katie White Metropolitan Council
Mona Elabaddy SRF Consulting
Joe Kern SRF Consulting
Joy Miciano Zan Associates
Charleen Zimmer Zan Associates
Dean Michalko Hennepin County - Housing, Community Works and Transit
Don Pflaum Minneapolis - Public Works

 

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