CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES
October 25, 2004
4:00 PM
STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING
Conference Room 241, 243 S. Allen Street
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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Spychalski, Chairman
Don Sherman, Vice-Chairman
Joe Davidson
Gary Powers
Richard Kipp

STAFF PRESENT:
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

OTHERS PRESENT:
Tim Geibel, CRPA, Transportation Planner
Craig Humphrey, State College Borough Liaison
Kathryn Bittner, Board Member Designate


I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:05 PM. and introduced and welcomed Kathryn Bittner as the new Board member who will replace Don Sherman as the Borough’s representative, effective November 1, 2004.

II PUBLIC COMMENT
None

III. OLD BUSINESS

A. Approval of Minutes of September 27, 2004 Board Meeting
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes. Don Sherman moved to approve the minutes of the September 27, 2004 Board Meeting. Richard Kipp seconded.

Joe Davidson noted under Section IV.E. a correction. Mr. Davidson asked that the minutes be amended to read, “Joe Davidson asked if the timing is appropriate to start the Core Values Initiative program given that labor negotiations were on the horizon”. It was agreed that the minutes would be revised accordingly.

With no further discussion, Chairman Spychalski called for a vote. The motion carried unanimously.

B. September 2004 Finance Report
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the September 2004 Finance Report. Richard Kipp moved to receive the Finance Report. Joe Davidson seconded.

There was some discussion regarding pass sales and natural gas purchase prices. Judi Minor indicated that gas prices are higher than budgeted and Hugh Mose reported that Centre Line ridership from out in the community to campus is about the same as last year.

With no further discussion, Chairman Spychalski called for a vote. The motion carried unanimously.

IV. NEW BUSINESS

A. Receipt of FY 2003/04 Audited Financial Statements
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to accept the FY 2003/04 Audited Financial Statements. Don Sherman moved to accept the year-end Audited Financial Statements and authorize their distribution to interested parties. Gary Powers seconded.

Hugh Mose congratulated Judi Minor and her staff for receiving a “clean” audit, noting that Reinsel & Company found no findings whatsoever.

Judi Minor reported that the Single Audit Report has no findings, and there were no questions from the Board.

Ms. Minor next reported on the Management Letter, which has been subject of considerable discussion between staff and the auditors, and noted that some of the recommendations will be difficult to implement. Ms. Minor reviewed each of the recommendations and possible solutions to make them work. Areas of discussion included petty cash reimbursements, company-owned credit cards, passenger fare revenue, information technology, and assets vs. property lists.

Ms. Minor briefly reviewed the Financial Statements and indicated that they are set up in a little different format than the Board sees monthly. Hugh Mose noted that, overall, CATA did pretty well living with the budget.

With no further discussion or questions, the motion carried unanimously.

B. Resolution for Acceptance of TEA-21 Funds (Bicycle Coalition)
Jacqueline Sheader reported on a grant that CATA and the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition have applied for to create a transit map that would include bicycle and bus routes in the Centre Region. Ms. Sheader stated that the entire project will cost $13,500; PENNDOT will pay for $10,800 and the remaining $2,700 will be split between CATA and the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition.

Richard Kipp asked whether the transit map will be included in our RideGuide and how many will be distributed. Ms. Sheader said that they would be separate from the RideGuide and she expects to have 5,000-10,000 printed.

Joe Davidson moved that the Board adopt the resolution authorizing the Chairman of the Board to sign the Reimbursement Agreement set forth by PENNDOT for TEA-21 funding, and for Hugh Mose, Secretary to the Board, to attest. Gary Powers seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

V. OTHER BUSINESS

A. General Manager’s Report
Hugh Mose reported that today was Hydrogen Day at Penn State. He thanked Eric Bernier, Jackie Sheader, Bob Colton and Bob Sprankle for providing a table-top display and buses for display and for transporting people back and forth. Mr. Mose indicated that it was well-attended and there was television coverage.

Mr. Mose reported on transit funding. He is optimistic that something will be done between the election and when Legislature goes out of session for the holidays.

Mr. Mose reported that there has been an inordinate amount of sick calls, leading to overtime. Joe Gilbert also reported that about half of the new drivers hired have not stayed. Mr. Gilbert indicated that staff is considering some sort of pre-employment testing and has pursued a new program at Central Pennsylvania Institute geared at training people to be bus drivers.

Mr. Mose acknowledged that this is the last Board meeting that Don Sherman will be attending, as he resigns effective November 1, 2004. Mr. Mose invited Mr. Sherman to attend a reception to be held in his honor on December 13th. Chairman Spychalski, on behalf of the Board, thanked Mr. Sherman for his contributions over the years. Mr. Sherman said that he felt he learned a lot more than he has contributed, he’s grown from serving on the Board, and it has been great to be part of the Board of Directors.

B. Service Development Report
In addition to Eric Bernier’s written report, Mr. Bernier noted that the Football Shuttle is going well although ridership has been declining this year.

C. Other
Chairman Spychalski concluded with an expression of thanks to the State College Borough Council, via Craig Humphrey, for an excellent choice in selecting Kathryn Bittner to fill Mr. Sherman’s position on the Board.

VI. ADJOURNMENT
With no further business to discuss, Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:06 PM