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For Immediate Release: Jun 7, 2006
Governor appoints citizens board to oversee Toll Road lease compliance

INDIANAPOLIS (June 7, 2006) ?Governor Mitch Daniels has established a seven-member citizens board to assure that the company selected to operate and manage the Indiana Toll Road for the state complies with all of the provisions of the lease agreement. Four of the seven members of the board are residents of counties along the Toll Road corridor.

The governor issued Executive Order 06-10 today to form the Indiana Toll Road Oversight Board, which is expected to meet for the first time later this month.

?This group will report to me about the company?s compliance with the lease agreement, and it will be another way for citizens and Toll Road customers to make their opinions known,? said Daniels.

According to the executive order, the board ?will provide advice, counsel and reports to the Governor and the IFA as it manages the lease of the Indiana Toll Road, and to the people of Indiana in all matters relating to the lease, maintenance, financing, planning, tolling, construction, and operation of the Indiana Toll Road, so long as a lease is in existence for the Toll Road.?

The governor appoints the seven members, which include a board chairman, the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) chairman, and four Indiana residents with knowledge, experience or education in economic and business development, or highway engineering, construction, planning or operation. Members will serve a two-year term.

The governor said that among the board?s first tasks will be to ensure the proper treatment of Toll Road employees during the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company?s (ITR) operational transition. During the transition, employees will continue to work on the Toll Road as state employees with the same benefits level. Those who elect to stay with the state, or those who are part of a small number of employees not involved in the transition, will be offered another state position providing equal compensation.

The governor?s appointees to the board are:

  • Aaron Carlberg, Hobart, Indiana political director, Indiana/Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Kevin Kelly, South Bend, president of Walsh & Kelly Paving Contractors
  • Leigh Morris, mayor of the city of LaPorte
  • Kristin Sine, Angola, principal of Hendry Park Elementary School
  • Tom Sharp, INDOT commissioner
  • Charles Schalliol, IFA chairman and executive director of the state Office of Budget and Management
  • Earl Goode, deputy chief of staff to Governor Daniels. He will serve as board chairman.

The volunteer board will meet at least quarterly and submit semi-annual reports to the governor that will include performance measures for ITR?s management of the Toll Road. The first report is due October 1.

A link to Executive Order 06-10 can be found at