Railroad Advisory Board

Advises the City Council on the operation and needs of the Columbia Terminal and shippers to ensure sound and efficient management of said rail line. This seven member board must include people one member from a business or firm that routinely ships or receives goods or raw materials over this branch line. All members must have a knowledge and interest in either railroad, shipping, transportation or business and be sympathetic with the principle of municipal ownership and operation of a branch line rail operation. The length of terms is four years, with openings occurring in July.

Members & Terms:

  • Peter Davis - Term Ending July 15, 2018
  • Greg Eiffert - Term Ending July 15, 2018
  • Jesse Fitzgerald - Term Ending July 15, 2018
  • John Wilke - Term Ending July 15, 2020
  • Kee Groshong - Term Ending July 15, 2020
  • Steven Moak - Term Ending July 15, 2017
  • Marty Paten - Term Ending July 15, 2021

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 27-210. Creation, membership.

There shall be a railroad advisory board composed of seven (7) members appointed by the council, each member to serve without compensation for four (4) years.

(Ord. No. 12209, § 1, 4-3-89)

Sec. 27-211. Qualifications.
The members of the board shall have a knowledge and interest in either railroad, shipping, transportation or business and shall be sympathetic with the principle of municipal ownership and operation of branch line rail operations to ensure the sound and efficient management of said rail line. One member of the board shall be appointed from those businesses or firms that routinely ship or receive goods or raw materials over said branch line.
(Ord. No. 12209, § 1, 4-3-89)

Sec. 27-212. Term of office.
The seven (7) voting members shall serve staggered four-year terms. Any vacancy occurring on the board shall be filled by appointment of the city council for the remaining portion of the term.
(Ord. No. 12209, § 1, 4-3-89; Ord. No. 16869, § 1, 4-16-01)

Sec. 27-213. Powers and duties.
The board shall meet quarterly, and more often if needed, to discuss the operations and needs of the Columbia Terminal and shippers. The powers of the board shall be solely advisory. In their deliberations and discussions the board shall consider, but is not limited to, the following subjects:
            (1)        The capital improvements or maintenance necessary for the efficient operation of the terminal service.
            (2)        Operating budgets and staffing levels.
            (3)        Service levels now existing and proposed.
            (4)        Rates and tariffs.
            (5)        The marketing of new and existing services.
            (6)        Matters of general railroad policy.
            (7)        Applications for grants for new facilities and maintenance of existing facilities.
(Ord. No. 12209, § 1, 4-3-89; Ord. No. 16869, § 1, 4-16-01)

Sec. 27-214. Meetings; attendance; quorum.
At the first meeting of each fiscal year, the board shall elect a chair and vice-chair from among its voting members. A quorum of four (4) members shall be necessary to conduct business. All business shall be by resolutions or motion with a majority of positive votes from members present necessary to approve any measure. The chair of the board is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a board meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from twenty-five (25) per cent of the regular board meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. The chair shall promptly notify the council of the vacancy .
(Ord. No. 12209, § 1, 4-3-89; Ord. No. 16869, § 1, 4-16-01; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03)