RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
September 17, 2008 MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2008. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Ms. Cornelia Mueller, the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

The minutes from the July meeting were approved.

PRESENTATIONS

Master Plan Vision 2035

Ms. Mueller presented the Community Brief on the Master Plan (provided as enclosure (2)). The Plan was rolled out to the press and the Aquidneck Island municipalities at the end of July. The Plan took 16 months to prepare and replaced the 1986 Master Plan.

Overall, the Master Plan was designed to provide guidance for site development, efficient usage of facilities, and sustainable land use and development over the next 25 years. The Plan integrated the vision, to create a world-class Center of Learning Excellence, and took into account the soon-to-be increased population that will result from the 2005 BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure). Current landholdings, needs (e.g. transportation and parking), and constraints (e.g. historical structures, Installation Restoration sites, anti-terrorism/force protection) were also considered in the Plan.

The final conceptual model identifies six major areas, a graduate academic campus (on Coasters Harbor Island), an undergraduate academic campus located in the Coddington Cove area, a Town Center (inside Gate 4), an Industrial Area between Gates 10 and 11, and a RDT&E (Research, Development, Technology & Evaluation) Campus in the NUWC (Naval Undersea Weapons Center) area. The model also includes transportation recommendations, sustainable development (LEED [Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design]) recommendations and possible properties for disposition, including Tank Farms 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Cleanup Program Update

Mr. Steve Parker of TetraTech NUS and Ms. Winoma Johnson, the new RPM (Remedial Project Manager) from NAVFAC MIDLANT, provided an update on the cleanup budget as well as a list of the work executed in FY08 (October of 2007 through September of 2008) and planned work for FY09. The entire presentation is provided as enclosure (3)). More than $5.3M was spent in FY08 for projects that included monitoring at McAllister Point Landfill, additional removals of soil, pipelines, and foundations at OFFTA, design of the shoreline revetment at OFFTA, and demolition of the water treatment facility/building at Tank Farm 5. Work planned for FY09, totaling more than $3.8M, includes field work at NUSC in support of the Remedial Investigation, data collection at Tank Farms 4 and 5 for a risk assessment, and field work at Gould Island.

NEW BUSINESS

1. The bus tour planned for the November meeting will start at 3 p.m.

2. Field Work Update – Field work is ongoing at the Old Fire Fighting Training Area, Tank Farm 5, and the NUSC (Naval Underwater Systems Center) Disposal Area.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership Committee – The Committee Chair reported that there are 16 members; nine were present at the meeting.

Planning Committee – The Committee Chair did not have a report.

Project Committee – The Committee Chair provided information on the Energy Conference scheduled for September 20th at Salve Regina University. The conference is coordinated by Salve Regina University, the Channing Memorial Church and the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the conference starts at 9 a.m. (until 5 p.m.). The keynote speaker is Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. There will be exhibits, speakers and breakout sessions on solar energy, wind energy, geo-thermal energy, green buildings, energy efficiency, renovations, retrofitting, and sustainable historic preservation. A working wind turbine model will be on display. For more information, contact Don Mallinson at dmallinson@verizon.net or visit http://www.aquidneckplanning.org.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be held on November 19, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. We will meet in front of the Officers’ Club for a bus tour of the clean up sites.

Enclosures:

(1) Attendance List
(2) Vision 2035 Master Plan for Naval Station Newport (4614 Kb)
(3) Budget Update – FY08 Execution Plan and FY09 Spend Plan

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