Faculty Benefits Committee Meeting Minutes

October 29, 2008, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

 

Present:   Bettina Cothran, Clint Demetriou, Chuck Donbaugh, Blair Funderburk, Lee Montana,  Teresa Snow, Barry Sharp, Sharon Ray, Barbara Henry, Wayne Book

Absent:   None

Administration

Minutes from the 9/29/08 Committee Meeting were reviewed and approved.

 

Special Presentation by Guest--Lance Lunsway, Director of Parking & Transportation

Lunsway report:

Parking triangle consists of parking that is 1) Plentiful 2) Convenient 3) Cheap -- Usually, you can only pick two, rather than have all three.  Individuals are most often looking for convenient and cheap.

From 1995-1999, parking was $100.  However, there was little enforcement and inadequate parking.

From 1999-2008 more surface lots were turned into green space and new academic structures

To compensate, more structured spaces (decks) have been added which are more expensive to build and maintain.  Parking stalls have increased from 7,000 to 13,000 which now provide adequate campus parking. 

As a result, there is current debt that must be dealt with.  For example in 2007, $72K was spent for Peter’s Parking Deck repair, $255K for North Avenue lot and $139K for new visitor lot at Technology Square.

In 2006, parking permits were $520.  By 2010, they are projected to be at $620.

Compared to national institutes (as well as the Atlanta area), GT is on the lower level with respect to costs and remains less than other schools such as Emory.

As of now, there are unused parking spaces which can be marketed for profit. Lance also projected a decreasing need for parking in the future.

Discussion:

Wayne Book brought up the issue of biking to work.  There needs to be a connection between experience, safety (e.g. cameras ) etc. for bikers.

Lee Montana  and Bettina Cothran also brought up safety concerns in parking garages and parking lots, including adequate lighting and monitored cameras. 

The issue of tying into MARTA schedule was raised, including a need for accurate and strategically displayed schedules.

Bettina Cothran asked about zip cars as an option.

 

Old Business:

Sharon Ray—Update on TRS Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for retirees

TRS board of trustees voted on Sept 24, 2008 to amend policy on TRS COLA that would make increases optional rather than mandatory.

Board of Trustees plans to vote on the adoption of the proposed amendment at its meeting on Nov. 19th.

 

OHR has addressed this situation by posting a letter from TRS on the OHR website.  There is concern with respect to the customer service at TRS due to lack of knowledge of how to answer the questions—little information has been released.

 

Wayne Book stated that time is a critical issue if we want to give employees an opportunity to voice their concern.

It was concluded that a letter from the FBC should go out to all Deans alerting them to the situation and asking them to distribute it to members of their colleges.

 

Action Item—Bettina Cothran will draft letter and send it out to the committee for review.

 

Wayne Book volunteered to be a resource.  He has set up a webpage at   http://www.me.gatech.edu/wayne.book/Fac_Ben_Info/

to offer more information and links on the proposed changes.

 

Sharon Ray & Clint Demetriou--Update on Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is currently in full swing.  At present, 23% of GT employees have logged on to Techworks to make changes.

 

New Business:

Due to time constraints, Barbara Henry passed out information on donated leave for the committee to review and discuss at the next meeting.

 

Next Meeting

·         Meeting originally scheduled for Monday Nov. 24th –has now been changed to Tuesday,  

      Dec. 2 – Location OHR Conference Room