In April 2013, Richland County Council appointed the Transportation Penny Advisory Committee (TPAC). The function of the TPAC is to review, comment on and provide recommendations to Richland County Council regarding the Council’s use of the one-cent additional sales tax that voters approved in the November 2012 referendum. The TPAC is composed of 15 Richland County citizens representing Arcadia Lakes, Blythewood, Columbia, Eastover, Forest Acres, Irmo, and unincorporated areas of Richland County. TPAC members are volunteers who serve without compensation. Their terms of service range from three to five years. The TPAC meets on the fourth Monday of most months at 5:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room of the Richland County Administrative Offices at 2020 Hampton Street. TPAC meetings are open to the public. Richland County Council has prescribed the following powers and duties to the TPAC:
- Provide a recommendation on any modification to the penny-funded transportation project list not consistent with the generic description of the project(s), such as the addition of new projects not currently on the projects list, etc. Any modification to the project list consistent with the generic description of the projects(s) shall not require a recommendation of the TPAC; for example, minor revisions to a project on the projects list not impacting the overall scope of the project.)
- Recommend any reordering of the project list priorities, if applicable.
- Provide quarterly reports to each respective jurisdiction from which Committee members are appointed.
- Review the proposed Scope of Services for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Program Management Team and make recommendations as needed.
- Make recommendations for a financial review of the Transportation Penny as needed. (There will be an annual financial audit.)
- Make recommendations ot the Board of Directors of Central Midlands Transit (aka The Comet), and to any other governing body with regards to the Transportation Penny.
- Perform all other additional duties as assigned by the Richland County Council. The TPAC regards its role as representing the interests of Richland County citizens who use and/or finance various modes of transportation the county provides. These citizens reasonably expect that transportation improvements financed by the one-cent county sales tax and related bonds will be effective, efficient, and equitable. The TPAC, therefore, acts as an agent of and voice for these public expectations and brings diverse perspectives to the TPAC’s interactions with County Council, the Transportation Director and the Columbia Transit Authority. Within its limitations as a volunteer advisory committee, the TPAC carries out its role by selectively reviewing information regarding transportation improvements, reviewing and commenting on plans, seeking clarifications, raising questions and making suggestions. It serves as a link between the public interest and county officials responsible for conceiving, organizing, managing, implementing, auditing, and evaluating penny-financed transportation improvements.
- The TPAC will review, comment on and provide recommendations on the Transportation Penny to Richland County Council.
- A “State of the Penny Address” would occur annually.
- The TPAC 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). Two ex-officio Council Members will serve on the TPAC.
- Each Party will use its best efforts to ensure that the overall membership of TPAC 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 TPAC shall establish rules and procedures for the conduct of its business, and shall appoint a chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary. The TPAC shall hold regular meetings at least once a quarter, and shall be entitled to call special meetings as set forth in its procedures. The TPAC must ensure compliance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.
- Members would have 5-year staggered terms, with no term limits.
- Any modifications to the projects list consistent with the generic description of the project(s) shall not require a recommendation of the TPAC (i.e., the addition of new projects not currently on the projects lists; etc.)
- The TPAC will recommend any reordering of the prioritization (if applicable) of the projects list.
- The TPAC will provide quarterly reports to each respective jurisdiction from which they are appointed.
- The TPAC will review the proposed Scope of Services for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Program Management Team.
- The TPAC will make recommendations for a financial review of the Transportation Penny as needed. (Note: A financial audit will be undertaken annually.)
- The TPAC is authorized to make recommendations to the CMRTA Board, and to any other governing body with regards to the Transportation Penny.
- Additional duties may be assigned to the TPAC by County Council.
Arcadia Lakes – Sherry Davis
Blythewood – Malcolm Gordge
Columbia – Philip Simoneaux, II, DeTreville (Trevor) Frank Bowers, Virginia Sanders
Eastover – James Faber
Forest Acres – Jack Oliver
Irmo – Frank Anderson
Richland County – Murray Coleman, Derrick Huggins, James T. McLawhorn, Melvin Hayes Mizell, Dorothy Sumter
Ex Officio – Councilman Norman Jackson, Councilman Paul Livingston
Chair – Hayes Mizell
Vice Chair – Derrick Huggins
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