Richland County Council Calling for Applicants for the Penny Transportation Oversight Committee

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The Richland County Council is calling for applicants for the Penny Transportation Oversight Committee.  Applications are due by close of business on Dec.  26, 2012.  This is a critical committee and strong leadership is needed as the transition begins  into the implementation and management plan of the Transportation Penny.

The Transportation Penny Advisory Committee will include seven volunteers appointed by Richland County Council.  At least five of the seven must be from the unincorporated areas.  Altogether, the Committee will have 15 members:

  • Richland County –  7
    Applications are due 12/26/12; Call 803.576-2060
  • City of Columbia – 3
    Applications are due 12/12/12 and will be reviewed by County on 12/126/12; call 803.545.4268
  • Arcadia Lakes – 1
    Call 803.782.2272
  • Blythewood – 1
    Email the mayor or go to www.townofblythewoodsc.gov
  • Forest Acres – 1
    Notify Mark Williams by mail or drop by City Hall at 5205 N. Trenholm Road
  • Irmo – 1
    Already appointed
  • Eastover – 1
    Call 803.353.2281

Requirements for service are listed below.

Transportation Penny Oversight/Accountability/Watchdog Committee:

Council approved the following for the Transportation Penny Oversight Committee at its meeting on September 18, 2012:

  • 15 Members
  • Citizens only (ie, no elected officials)
  • Goal of having representation from all 3 transportation modes (Transit, Bicycle / Pedestrian / Greenways, Roadway)
  • Appointments to be made by January 31, 2013
  • A “State of the Penny Address” would occur annually.
  • Members will provide quarterly reports to each respective jurisdiction from which they are appointed.

General

  • The Transportation Penny Oversight Committee will review, comment on, and provide recommendations on the Transportation Penny to Richland County Council.
  • Appointments would be made no later than January 31, 2013.
  • A “State of the Penny Address” would occur annually.

Membership

  • The Transportation Penny Oversight Committee will consist of 15 members, appointed by the County / City / Town Councils (Parties) of each Richland County jurisdiction, and will serve at the pleasure of the Party that appointed such member(s).
  • Each Party will use its best efforts to ensure that the overall membership of the Transportation Penny Oversight Committee is diverse with respect to ethnicity, culture, and gender, as well as expertise or knowledge in one or more of the three transportation modes (roadways; bike / pedestrian / greenways; CMRTA – bus system).
  • The Transportation Penny Oversight Committee shall establish rules and procedures for the conduct of its business, and shall appoint a chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary. The Transportation Penny Oversight Committee shall hold regular meetings at least once a quarter, and shall be entitled to call special meetings as set forth in its procedures. The Transportation Penny Oversight Committee must ensure compliance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Members would have 5-year staggered terms, with no term limits.

Duties / Responsibilities

  • Any modifications to the projects list consistent with the generic description of the project(s) shall not require a recommendation of the Transportation Penny Oversight Committee. (ie, minor revisions to a project on the projects list not impacting the overall scope of the project)
  • Any modification to the projects list not consistent with the generic description of the project(s) shall require a recommendation of the Transportation Penny Oversight Committee. (ie, the addition of new projects not currently on the projects list; etc.)
  • Transportation Penny Oversight Committee members will recommend any reordering of the prioritization (if applicable) of the projects list.
  • Transportation Penny Oversight Committee members will review the proposals for the Program Management Firm(s), and will provide feedback to Richland County Council.
  • Transportation Penny Oversight Committee members will provide feedback to Richland County Council regarding the race-and gender-neutral Small Local Business Enterprise program.
  • Transportation Penny Oversight Committee members will provide quarterly reports to each respective jurisdiction from which they are appointed.

Those interested in applying should  do so online. Applicants can also  forward a copy of the completed form to Susan McPherson at smcpherson@columbiachamber.com.

Click here for the application form.

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