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GIFC Minutes 2019-11-19

Call to order
A meeting of Guemes Island Ferry Committee (GIFC) was held at Guemes Library on November 19, 2019 starting at 7:05 pm. Attendees included: Allen Bush, John Hopkins, Sandy McKean, David Prewitt, Bud Ullman. Guests in attendance included: Barb Ohms, Edith Walden, and Phyllis Bravinder.

Approval of minutes
Minutes of the October 15, 2019 meeting were approved as presented, and as previously authorized for publishing by the GIFC via email.

Announcements
The GIFC still owes Allen $58 for the 2019 election expenses.

Unfinished business
Capital vs O/M
Dave has been in email contact with Skagit Public Works personnel to arrange a meeting to discuss how the county distinguishes between capital and O/M expenses. No date has yet been set, but the meeting is envisioned to start with a county presentation on how these determinations are made with the majority of the meeting time spent after that presentation for a Q&A session.

BERK Study
The BERK study group presented preliminary findings at an all island meeting on November 7, 2019 at the Hall. The meeting was well attended. The most important part of the presentation was the cost estimates for various proposed service improvements expressed as a dollars and cents increase to ticket fares. This method of presenting costs was useful in that ferry users could easily relate how much each improvement might cost them individually. However, the GIFC felt that more work needs to be done by the BERK study group to explain the numbers behind these costs.

New Business
Revenue Reports
Dave presented a set of spreadsheets that summarize ferry fare changes from 1992 through 2019. He gathered the data from county official resolutions which set these fares. He summarized fares for Vehicle and Driver single trip (peak and non-peak) and multi-trip (punch card) fares, as well as Passenger single trip (peak and non-peak) and multi-trip (punch card) fares.

Charter Amendments
The GIFC is planning to present a set of Charter amendments at our next annual meeting. There are a number of areas in the Charter that need updating. Eventually the GIFC would like to restructure itself to be a non-profit with proper Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; but for the 2020 annual meeting, the GIFC will focus on a minimum number of amendments to our current Charter that focus on:
• The procedure that elects the members of the GIFC.
• A definition of officer positions that reflect how the GIFC currently operates.
• Minor wording changes for clarity.

Dave presented a grid which categorized our current Charter into a series of sentences and phrases which then could be individually analyzed. For a couple of these categories he suggested possible wording changes: in particular, for Charter paragraphs B and C.

Sandy presented 2 draft versions how the Charter might read if these amendments are approved. One version had amendments that “must” be done, and the other version changes that “may” be done. These suggested changes were discussed, and it was determined that if any changes are to be made to the Charter, then all the suggestions should likely be included. Sandy agreed to combine the 2 versions into a single draft along with a list of major issues that the GIFC will need to resolve before any final draft can be completed.

Action Items
Construct a version 2 of the draft of proposed changes to the Charter. (Sandy)

Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 9:33 pm

[Notes taken by Sandy McKean]

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