Hillsborough County Commission Votes for Transportation Task Force by Mitch E.Perry12/06/06
The Hillsborough County Commission today voted to support convening a task force to study transportation needs. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not the first time the Commission has done so, but Board members seemed to be on the same page that it would be a dereliction of duty not to begin looking to alleviate the regionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s concerns.
The motion was introduced by Commission Vice Chairman Ken Hagen(roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?multi-modal solutionÃ¢â‚¬?)
Hagen listed some of the issues which indicated how the time is now to begin seriously dealing with transportation (rolll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?in South CountyÃ¢â‚¬?)
Hagen said the goal was not for a study, but with recommendations and an action plan for options for implementation and funding.
Commissioner Rose Ferlita cautioned the Commission NOT to make the same mistakes that have happened in the past (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?another task forceÃ¢â‚¬?)
The commission then debate the sizeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Jim Norman advised Ken Hagen that the Task Force should be big enough (roll tape#4 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?community buy inÃ¢â‚¬?)
After the Comission voted unanimously to have the County Administrator come back with a plan for a task force, Commisioner Mark Sharpe then discussed the possibility of a Transportation Czar (roll tape#5 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?all in placeÃ¢â‚¬?)
But Commissioner Hagen said that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t part of his vision (roll tape#6 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the place IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m goingÃ¢â‚¬?)
During the public hearing portion of the meeting, local activist Denise Layne volunteered to be a part of any task force. She said there were 2 words they needed to reminded of .Density and funding (roll tape#6 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?best way to fundÃ¢â‚¬?)
Jim Davidson told the Commission NOT to put together a task force, saying if committees were formed like they have been in the past, the answer would be the same- that is, nothing going forward(roll tape#7 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?their not incumberedÃ¢â‚¬?)
In an editorial in Tuesdays St. Petersburg Times editorial, the paper challenged the Board NOT to call for another task force. They wroteÃ¢â‚¬? Voters want a plan to deal with congestion; they will not be mollified by studying it to death four, five, six or seven times.Ã¢â‚¬?