AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES
April 26, 2004
STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING
Conference Room 241, 243 S. Allen Street
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Don Sherman, Vice-Chairman
Richard Kipp, Treasurer
Hugh Mose, General Manager
Joseph Gilbert, Director of Transportation
Judith Minor, Director of Administration
Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager
Jacqueline Sheader, Marketing Manager
Terri Quici, Executive Assistant
Craig Humphrey, State College Borough Liaison
Tim Geibel, CRPA, Transportation Planner
Dave Hollabaugh, AFSCME Local 1203-B President
Clayton Reed, AFSCME Local 1203-B Vice-President
Karen Ilgen, AFSCME Local 1203-B Steward
Brenda Hall, AFSCME Local 1203-B Secretary
Kent Wilson, AFSCME Local 1203-B Treasurer
I. CALL TO ORDER
In the absence of Chairman Spychalski, Vice-Chairman Don Sherman called the meeting to order
at 4:02 PM.
II. PUBLIC COMMENT
III OLD BUSINESS
A. Approval of March 11, 2004 Board Work Session Minutes
Vice-Chairman Sherman entertained a motion to approve the minutes as distributed. Gary Powers moved to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2004 Work Session. Joe Davidson seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
B. Approval of March 22, 2004 Board Meeting Minutes
Vice-Chairman Sherman entertained a motion to approve the minutes as distributed. Joe Davidson moved to approve the minutes of the March 22, 2004 Board meeting. Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
C. March 2004 Finance Reports
Judi Minor briefly reviewed the Finance Reports. Gary Powers asked if 72% under “Total Expenditures” was good. Ms. Minor stated that it was. Hugh Mose noted that it reflects how closely we are on target with the budget. Gary Powers also asked about fuel purchases. Ms. Minor stated that she has bought through May at a fair price.
Vice Chairman Sherman entertained a motion to accept the March 2004 Finance Report. Joe Davidson moved that the Board approve the March 2004 Finance Report. Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
D. Service Planning
Eric Bernier reviewed the memo he provided to the Board indicating some changes since the March Work Session. Eric noted the temporary change to the P Route and the proposed service reduction to the X Route based on Bellefonte Borough’s inability to pay an increase in their local share. Mr. Bernier noted that Bellefonte requested that the 9:15 PM trip remain as we adjust the number of trips from 7½ to 4 weekdays and from 8½ to 6 on Saturdays.
Joe Davidson asked whether Spring Township was willing to step forward to assist Bellefonte Borough with funding. Hugh Mose stated that he had written a letter to the Township Supervisors but he had not received a response. Mr. Mose said that it is not likely that Spring Township will be willing to pay an additional amount.
Vice Chairman Sherman entertained a motion to approve the planned service changes and direct staff to finalize the details necessary to implement them, effective 8/30/04. Gary Powers moved to approve the planned service changes. Richard Kipp seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
IV. NEW BUSINESS
A. Resolution Authorizing the Filing of FY 2004/2005 State Operating Assistance Grant.
Joe Davidson moved that the Board adopt the resolution authorizing the filing of the FY 2004/2005 State Operating Assistance Grant. Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
B. FY 2004/2005 Shared Ride Grant Application
Judi Minor stated that there are no changes to the grant and that it is for the Senior Citizen portion of CATA’s Centre Ride program.
Joe Davidson moved that the Board authorize the filing and execution of the FY 2004/2005 Shared Ride Grant Application. Richard Kipp seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
C. Resolution Approving the FY 2004/2005 Grant Request for Dedicated and Supplemental Public Transportation Assistance Funds under Act 26 of 1991 and Act 3 of 1997
Judi Minor referenced her memo of April 26, 2004 to the Board. Vice Chairman Sherman asked when staff would find out the amount of the allocation. Ms. Minor stated it would be 6/30/04.
Joe Davidson moved that the Board adopt the resolution and direct that the grant application be submitted to PENNDOT. Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
D. Marketing Plan
Jackie Sheader reviewed the plan that was included in the Board packet. Ms. Sheader provided highlights of the Plan for 2004/2005 which include: Senior programs such as a Bus Buddy program, a Transit Watch program, Employee Subsidy program, The Transportation Enhancement project (bike/bus map), PENNDOT Customer Satisfaction Survey and much more paid advertising. Jackie also noted that the Advertising Policy will be completed and sent to the Board members next week.
Vice Chairman Sherman asked if we marketed to the apartment complexes. Hugh Mose stated that we do not market directly to them; however when Mr. Bernier receives an inquiry, he makes a proposal. Joe Davidson asked what the ratio is of those who accept. Mr. Bernier stated that about half of the proposals are accepted. Mr. Bernier explained that the apartment complex profit margin is so slim that they have to be careful about what amenities they are going to include. Gary Powers asked how many Summer Youth Passes are sold. Ms. Sheader stated that there were about 40 sold last year. Ms. Sheader plans to more aggressively market the program this year. Mr. Mose stated that there is no action required with this agenda item.
E. Centre Ride Contract
Hugh Mose explained that CATA contracts out the operation of Centre Ride and a year ago Handy Delivery was awarded the contract, with an option for four annual extensions if CATA were satisfied with the service. Mr. Mose stated that both Handy Delivery and CATA would like to extend the current contract at the same rate.
Richard Kipp moved that the Board authorize the General Manager to extend the current contract with Handy Delivery for FY 2004/2005. Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
G. CATA Strategic Planning
Mr. Mose stated that CATA has been working in partnership with the Centre Regional Planning Agency (CRPA) and the Centre County Planning Office to develop a new Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the entire county. Mr. Mose stated that a Strategic Plan needs developed that can guide CATA over the next five or six years. Mr. Mose indicated that he, Mr. Bernier and Mr. Geibel will work together to create a Strategic Planning document. Joe Davidson asked how much of Mr. Geibel’s time will be used. Mr. Mose stated that he felt it would be about 10-15%. Joe Davidson asked about the funding source. Mr. Mose stated that $15,000 was budgeted but, with existing state funding covering some of the work, CATA will most likely pay about $5,000.
V. OTHER BUSINESS
A. General Manager’s Report
Mr. Mose stated that he had provided updates about a week ago in the bi-weekly Board mailing. He deferred to staff to provide any additional information or updates.
Mr. Mose introduced Dave Hollabaugh, newly elected President for AFSCME Local 1203B. Mr. Hollabaugh then introduced other members in attendance.
Dave Hollabaugh, AFSCME Local 1203-B President, expressed to the Board that he felt they were approving items that they did not understand. He also noted his concern for the temporary change in the P Route as it follows Pugh Street. Mr. Hollabaugh felt it was too dangerous because of the intersection at S. Atherton Street not having a traffic signal.
B. Service Development Report
Eric Bernier briefly reviewed the report that was included in the Board packet. Mr. Bernier highlighted the six apartment proposals he had submitted that resulted in three contracts. Mr. Powers asked whether Shortlidge Road is going to be permanently closed to through traffic. Mr. Bernier did not know of any updates but said that there are no plans to change the route.
Vice Chairman Sherman adjourned the meeting at 4:58 PM.
VI. EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Board re-convened in Executive Session.