CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES
September 25, 2006
4:00 PM
STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING
Room 241, 243 S. Allen Street
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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Spychalski, Chairman
Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman
Richard Kipp, Treasurer
Kathryn Bittner

EXCUSED ABSENCE:
Gary Powers

STAFF PRESENT:
Hugh Mose, General Manager
Judith Minor, Director of Administration
Joe Gilbert, Director of Operations
Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager
Amanda Jones, Asst. Director, Administration
Jacqueline Sheader, Marketing Manager
Doug Schreffler, Safety & Training Coordinator

OTHERS PRESENT:
Craig Humphrey, State College Borough Liaison
Greg Kausch, CRPA Sr. Transportation Planner


I. CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:06 PM and asked Hugh Mose to introduce new staff at CATA. Hugh introduced Greg Kausch, the new Transportation Planner for CATA and the Centre Regional Planning Agency. Joe Gilbert introduced Doug Schreffler, CATA’s new Safety and Training Coordinator. Chairman Spychalski announced that there had been an Executive Session on 9/19/06 to discuss personnel issues.


II. PUBLIC COMMENT

Craig Humphrey asked if web-enabled phones or other wireless connections will be the way to obtain information once the Advanced Public Transportaion Systems (APTS) deployment is launched. Hugh Mose explained how information will be available on any web-enabled device. Mr. Humphrey also asked about final plans for the new bus station project and who will manage it. Mr. Mose stated that that question had been raised at the CRCOG Transportation Committee meeting recently and will be discussed in more detail as the project progresses.


III. OLD BUSINESS

A. Approval of Minutes of July 24, 2006 Regular Board Meeting
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes. Kathryn Bittner moved to approve the minutes of the July 24, 2006 Regular Board Meeting as presented. Richard Kipp seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

B. Receipt of June, July and August 2006 Finance Reports
Noting that June was the final month of the Fiscal Year, Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the June 2006 Finance Report. Richard Kipp moved to receive the June 2006 Finance Report as presented. Joe Davidson seconded.

Judi Minor reported that total expenditures are close to her year-end projections and that there is more carryover than originally budgeted. Discussion continued regarding natural gas prices falling and being more stable than a year ago. Ms. Minor indicated that she has natural gas bought through March 2007.

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

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to accept the July and August Finance Reports. Richard Kipp moved to accept the July and August 2006 Finance Reports. Kathryn Bittner seconded.

Hugh Mose presented information regarding the Ridership reports, indicating that recent trends continue but that the August 2006 ridership cannot be compared to August 2005 due to the Penn State fall semester not starting until September this year.

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

C. Policy Review and Adoption
Hugh Mose first discussed the updated Tuition Assistance policy that includes the changes suggested at the last meeting. Amanda Jones noted that language was added to reflect a reimbursement process and a requirement that approvals by supervisors are in writing.

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the Tuition Assistance policy. Joe Davidson moved to adopt the Tuition Assistance policy. Kathryn Bittner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Mose noted that the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act and the Joint Articles of Agreement are presented as a “refresher” and can’t be changed by the Board. However, if the Board wants to propose changes to the Joint Articles of Agreement, they must be approved by the five member municipalities. Mr. Mose stated that the By-Laws that were enclosed in the Board packets can be changed by the Board. Mr. Mose stated that staff has no recommended changes at this time.

Kathryn Bittner asked for clarification on who sits as Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. Mr. Mose noted that he is Secretary and Judi Minor is the Assistant Treasurer.

Lastly, Mr. Mose introduced the new Privacy Policy. Amanda Jones indicated that this is a new development required by CATA’s having joined the Centre Region Insurance Cooperative, and explained that since she will have access as an Officer to private health information, CATA needs to implement a Privacy Policy that insures confidentiality of this data.

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the Privacy Policy. Joe Davidson moved to adopt the Privacy policy. Richard Kipp seconded. The motion carried unanimously.


IV. NEW BUSINESS

A. Service Standards Performance Review 2006/2007
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to accept the Service Standards Performance Review 2006/2007. Kathryn Bittner moved to accept the Service Standards Performance Review. Joe Davidson seconded.

Eric Bernier stated that the report is the same as presented in May, except that the “proposed” goals now reflect “actual” goals. Mr. Bernier explained that the report shows year-to-year trends as well as 2006/2007 goals, and stated that it has been submitted to PENNDOT.

With no further discussion, the motion carried unanimously.

B. Executive 401(a) Resolution
Hugh Mose explained that this Resolution provides senior management employees additional retirement benefits.

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the Executive 401(a) Resolution. Richard Kipp moved to adopt the Executive 401(a) Resolution. Kathryn Bittner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

C. Retirement Health Savings Account (HSA) Plan Policy and Resolution
Mr. Mose explained that this policy provides additional retirement benefits to long-term, non-represented employees who had very limited retirement coverage prior to 1999. Amanda Jones stated that the funds for this program will be deposited into a Trust to be used specifically for these retirement benefits.

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the Retirement Health Savings Account Plan policy and resolution. Kathryn Bittner moved to adopt the policy and resolution. Joe Davidson seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

D. Replacement Van for Centre Ride
Joe Gilbert stated that a grant to purchase a new Centre Ride van has been received from PENNDOT. Mr. Gilbert stated that one bid, from Rohrer Bus Services, in the amount of $72,860 was received and we are waiting for PENNDOT to review the bid document for final approval. There was discussion regarding vehicle specifics, delivery date, cost comparison to cutaways, and performance.

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to award the bid to Rohrer Bus Services for a bus purchase, pending the final PENNDOT approval. Joe Davidson moved to award the bid as recommended. Richard Kipp seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

V. OTHER BUSINESS

A. General Manager’s Report
Hugh Mose thanked the Board on behalf of the affected employees for the adoption of the new retirement programs.

Mr. Mose stated that he thinks CATA will be asked to play some role with the new bus depot design, structure, and/or operations in the future.

Mr. Mose provided some general information about a recent bus accident in which a CATA bus rear-ended a car.

Mr. Mose reminded the Board that a tour and demonstration of APTS capabilities is scheduled at Avail Technologies on October 20th at 4:00 PM.

B. Service Development Report
Eric Bernier reported that he and Judi Minor would spend a day at Patton Township finishing up the Standard Municipal ID Card project. Chairman Spychalski extended compliments on the Fall RideGuide graphics. Mr. Bernier described the website changes that include maps and timetables in formats that sight impaired riders can access.

C. Other Comments
Cary Supalo introduced himself as President of the Happy Valley Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania, and indicated that one of their initiatives is to increase airport accessibility including having CATA bus service. Mr. Supalo also asked if the buses would receive bus stop annunciators as part of the APTS project. Mr. Mose explained that the APTS project will be implemented in stages and the first level that is funded is for the base system. Mr. Mose stated that CATA has asked for an additional federal earmark to fund the next level, which would include the annunciators. Mr. Supalo requested that the Drivers announce the stops until the annunciators are funded and enabled. Mr. Supalo also stated that getting “real time” bus information after 10:00 PM seems to be not available. Joe Gilbert explained that the supervisor who answers the office phone is scheduled out on the street after 10:00 PM to monitor service and take care of any problems. Mr. Supalo stated that he feels there is a need to have “real time” information available while the buses are running. Mr. Mose stated that the staff will continue to look into the situation.


VI. ADJOURNMENT

With no further business to discuss, Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Joe Davidson moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:22 PM. Kathryn Bittner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.


VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board recessed to Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.