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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Notes on Presidio International Port Authority Meeting, June 27, 2017 Noon, Presidio

PIPA meeting, Tuesday June 27, 2017, 12:30 PM, Presidio

Present: John Ferguson, Judge Guevara, Jake Giesbrecht, Lorenzo Hernandez 

Also present: David Beebe, Rod Ponton, Carlos Nieto

Convene meeting at 12:45 PM

Judge greets, mentions that meeting is a bit late, just next time will schedule for later in the day.
Quorum established.

Item 4: public comments: Carlos Nieto says that he wished to stress the importance of a letter from PIPA advocating for restoration of a full time DPS license office as part of the infrastructure for the port. There is no other border port in Texas without a DPS license office. Ponton mentions CDL issues and importance to port and Presidio.
Ferguson says that TXDOT listens to county judge's more than anyone. Nieto advocates for all agencies in the area to write letters. Judge says she will try to make an appointment to see DPS in Austin on July 26. Letters to go out in the meantime.

Item 6: accept treasurer's report. Jim White is not here, judge says it is her fault. She did not notify him of meeting, scanner not working. Judge says no action on item 6.

Item 7: past travel expenses for executive director. Jake says that since Treasurer is not here should he even go through this? Judge says he can, she will present to Treasurer. Jake says he would prefer to wait until Treasurer is here. He runs though four trips he took. Viva Fresh program, $1225.00. 
El Paso TXDOT trip, April 20-25, 
May 17, Washington DC 
Chihuahua City directly after DC. $1536
DPAC S.A. and Austin. 
Mexico City trip, very productive.
Hernandez wants to know how is best to ask PMDD for monies for PIPA. Judge says Treasurer will send an invoice and board will vote and pay it. Jake says invoice sent, PMDD said they wanted more detail and for Jake to attend a meeting and elaborate on expenses. No payment yet. Jake has sent invoice again.
County has received invoice as well, but auditor said that she needed a report from Jake. Jake gave report, judge will check to see if check has been cut. 
Ferguson move to approve Jake's expenses. Jake can be reimbursed once presented to Treasurer. Unanimous.

Item 8: office supplies for PIPA, seal, letterhead, et al for Judge.
Unanimous

Item 9: written report from executive director on meetings and activities. 
Jake presents
Says that 

PIPA meeting, Tuesday June 27, 2017, 12:30 PM, Presidio

Present: John Ferguson, Judge Guevara, Jake Giesbrecht, Lorenzo Hernandez 

Also present: David Beebe, Rod Ponton, Carlos Nieto

Convene meeting at 12:45 PM

Judge greets, mentions that meeting is a bit late, just next time will schedule for later in the day.
Quorum established.

Item 4: public comments: Carlos Nieto says that he wished to stress the importance of a letter from PIPA advocating for restoration of a full time DPS license office as part of the infrastructure for the port. There is no other border port in Texas without a DPS license office. Ponton mentions CDL issues and importance to port and Presidio.
Ferguson says that TXDOT listens to county judge's more than anyone. Nieto advocates for all agencies in the area to write letters. Judge says she will try to make an appointment to see DPS in Austin on July 26. Letters to go out in the meantime.

Item 6: accept treasurer's report. Jim White is not here, judge says it is her fault. She did not notify him of meeting, scanner not working. Judge says no action on item 6.

Item 7: past travel expenses for executive director. Jake says that since Treasurer is not here should he even go through this? Judge says he can, she will present to Treasurer. Jake says he would prefer to wait until Treasurer is here. He runs though four trips he took. Viva Fresh program, 

PIPA meeting, Tuesday June 27, 2017, 12:30 PM, Presidio

Present: John Ferguson, Judge Guevara, Jake Giesbrecht, Lorenzo Hernandez 

Also present: David Beebe, Rod Ponton, Carlos Nieto

Convene meeting at 12:45 PM

Judge greets, mentions that meeting is a bit late, just next time will schedule for later in the day.
Quorum established.

Item 4: public comments: Carlos Nieto says that he wished to stress the importance of a letter from PIPA advocating for restoration of a full time DPS license office as part of the infrastructure for the port. There is no other border port in Texas without a DPS license office. Ponton mentions CDL issues and importance to port and Presidio.
Ferguson says that TXDOT listens to county judge's more than anyone. Nieto advocates for all agencies in the area to write letters. Judge says she will try to make an appointment to see DPS in Austin on July 26. Letters to go out in the meantime.

Item 6: accept treasurer's report. Jim White is not here, judge says it is her fault. She did not notify him of meeting, scanner not working. Judge says no action on item 6.

Item 7: past travel expenses for executive director. Jake says that since Treasurer is not here should he even go through this? Judge says he can, she will present to Treasurer. Jake says he would prefer to wait until Treasurer is here. He runs though four trips he took. Viva Fresh program, 

(Computer failure, lost notes for last ten minutes)
Unanimous approved expenses. 

Item 8: office supplies for judge. Approved

Item 9: jakes report: provides written notes. 
Mayor Ferguson in Washington DC did great, very effective. 
Great progress made with chief planner for TXDOT. Tryon Lewis supporting. 
New Secretary of State was formerly with Borderplex.
Renegotiation of NAFTA in progress and being headed up by a group that includes Jake. 
Our port got a lot of attention. Inspections promised in Ojinaga. Massive progress on USDA issues, other opening of restrictions.
Mexico City meeting giant progress. Now on the map for international commerce policy makers. 
Things moving very fast.
First time for our region to be on the radar for trade with these groups on both sides of the border. 
Presidio port can be the chosen port for small to medium size businesses, as opposed to Fortune 500 companies. Governments recognize this. Fresh produce, eggs, finished meat products, cattle. 
USDA Texas director says that Washington DC told him that he has permission to do anything with regard to Presidio port.
TDA and USDA have committed to work with us. 

Ferguson wants to know about who spearheads warehousing, transfer points etc. Jake says that will be PIPA.
Legal issues of how to structure this are being addressed. Public private partnerships with PIPA as the public is the best way to get this all done fast and the way we want it to develop. 
Ferguson is hopeful that Jake guides them through, he doesn't want to miss out on opportunities. Nieto says it's true, if we do not do it, outside companies will do it and we will miss out.
Monies for PIPA will come from charges for moving the product. $6-$10 per pallet. 
Jake says things are moving very fast, focusing on MOU with TXDOT. 
Mexico side, highway to Camargo needs to be addressed. Working on this.
Companies are very excited.
State of Texas represents more than 70% of trade with Mexico. 
TXDOT extended Arturo's contract to Rd the existing bridge on June 21. 
Trump people expect for locals to shape policy. 
Jake expects that within fifteen days things will be moving across...
Highway 67 corridor study will start in September. 
Rail is going to be held up an additional two months because rail company is afraid of flooding. Nieto says we are due. Every eight years or so...
Jake says that is true, cause for delay.

Report unanimously accepted.

Item 10 covered in previous item. 

Judge asks about date for next meeting before adjournment.
Possible next meeting in August, near end of August.
Jake would like to have a meeting in July since things are moving so fast. 
Judge says prior to the the twentieth would be best, she will try to schedule.
 
Adjourn at 1:39




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