AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
June 25, 2007
STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING
Room 241, 243 S. Allen Street, State College, PA
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Spychalski, Chairman
Joseph L. Davidson, Vice Chairman
Richard Kipp, Treasurer
Hugh Mose, General Manager
Judith Minor, Director of Administration
Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager
Sherry Snyder, Asst. Director of Transportation
Jacqueline Sheader, Marketing Manager
Terri Quici, Executive Assistant
Craig Humphrey, State College Borough Liaison
Greg Kausch, CRPA Sr. Transportation Planner
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:02 PM and announced there had been an Executive Session on 6/11/07 to discuss personnel matters.
Craig Humphrey asked how much funding CATA could expect to receive when transit legislation is passed. Hugh Mose explained that if funding is at the level recommended, CATA would probably receive a 40% increase within the year as a “catch up” provision; then subsequent years’ funding would be capped but the amount would grow annually. Chairman Spychalski noted that if funding is received, it could help to restore service that has been cut and should not be considered a windfall.
III. OLD BUSINESS
A. Approval of May 21, 2007 Public Hearing and Board Meeting Minutes
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes. Gary Powers moved to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2007 Public Hearing and Board meeting. Richard Kipp seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
B. Receipt of the May 2007 Financial Report
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to accept the Financial Report. Kathryn Bittner moved to receive the May 2007 Financial Report. Gary Powers seconded.
Judi Minor reported again that the farebox revenue will be lower than budgeted, but that OnePass revenue will be higher. Ms. Minor discussed the expenses associated with a computer crash and loss of inventory and work order data. Ms. Minor said that the crash spawned an early-year-end count for the auditors. Ms. Minor stated that a fairly large purchase of new bus seats was also included on the report this month.
Kathryn Bittner asked what items were included under Professional Services; Ms. Minor stated that the major item was nearly $20,000 for Maintenance Consultant services.
Hugh Mose reported on the Fare Media Report noting that the same upward trend continues with OnePass, Ride For Five, and Token sales. Ms. Minor noted that the Mall and HUB both ordered large quantities of tokens, thus the two-fold increase in tokens.
With no further discussion, the motion carried unanimously.
C. Adoption of FY 2007/2008 FINAL Budget
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the FY 2007/2008 FINAL Budget, and also to direct the staff to review and update our bus advertising policies, re-evaluate exterior bus advertising, and report the findings back to the Board.
Joe Davidson moved to adopt the FY 2007/2008 FINAL Budget and direct staff to review bus advertising policies. Gary Powers seconded.
Mr. Mose indicated that the FINAL Budget is identical to the one approved in March. He also noted that a letter from Jim Steff, Executive Director of the Centre Region Council of Governments, was included in the packets. The letter is both a request from the COG General Forum to review our bus advertising policies and a summary of comments from each municipality.
With no further discussion, the motion carried unanimously.
D. Schlow Library/Downtown CATA Office Streetscape Project Update
Eric Bernier stated that CATA, Borough and Library staff met on June 20th to finalize a single plan so that cost estimates and a phasing schedule could be established. Mr. Bernier reviewed each core component and noted the addition of a newspaper “corral”.
Joe Davidson asked who suggested the newspaper corral and Mr. Bernier indicated that it was CATA staff’s idea. Mr. Mose stated that it is a first amendment right to make newspapers available, and it would be better to provide a place for the newspapers than to have a box show up chained to a tree. Mr. Bernier will provide additional updates as the information is forthcoming.
E. Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan Update
Greg Kausch provided a handout and summary presentation of the Coordinated Plan. Mr. Kausch said that a needs assessment was conducted, candidate projects were reviewed and recommendations were prioritized. The Coordinated Plan was approved by the Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization and submitted to PENNDOT by the due date of 5/30/07. The submission of the Plan constitutes an application for Job Access/Reverse Commute (JARC), New Freedom (NF) and FTA Section 5310 funding for transportation projects.
Mr. Mose asked what is the next step. Mr. Kausch explained that PENNDOT is currently reviewing the plans and they will get back to the CCMPO with comments. Both Mr. Mose and Mr. Kausch cautioned that if a project is approved for funding, CATA must find a 50% match, and that JARC may only be used for a few years as start-up funding. Therefore, long-term funding from another source would need to be secured if CATA chose to continue with the project. Chairman Spychalski thanked Mr. Kausch for a good job on the project.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. Marketing Plan FY 2007/2008
Jackie Sheader provided a summary of the Marketing Plan, stating that the four primary goals are to promote public transit to non-students; to encourage public transit as a resolution to increasing gas prices; to promote public involvement with legislators, and to promote communications with riders and other stakeholders. Enhanced marketing efforts will be toward the new vanpool program, transit coalition group efforts, airport service, Ride For Five, and an Annual Report for FY 2006/2007.
Chairman Spychalski thanked Ms. Sheader for producing a very comprehensive plan that makes people aware of the need for action and enhances ridership.
B. Centre Ride Contract FY 2007/2008
Hugh Mose stated that a few months ago, the Board considered and agreed to extend Handy Delivery’s contract to provide paratransit service. The proposed contract for the coming year includes a 5% increase, equivalent to an overall increase of approximately $17,000.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to authorize the General Manager to extend the current contract with Handy Delivery for FY 2007/2008. Gary Powers moved to extend the current contract with Handy Delivery; Kathryn Bittner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
C. Proposal for DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Goals 2007/2008
Judi Minor stated that the Authority is required to determine goals for expenditures of federal funds with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Again, staff has recommended a 5% goal. Joe Davidson asked if CATA would meet the goal if not under contract with Handy Delivery. Ms. Minor stated that if that were the case, the recommended goal would most likely be 1%, which is the actual calculation. Joe Davidson moved to adopt the DBE goal of 5% for federal fiscal year 2007/2008. Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
D. Resolution of Appreciation – Pete Gettig
Chairman Spychalski acknowledged Pete Gettig’s retirement on 6/30/07 and welcomed Pete and his wife, Nancy. Chairman Spychalski thanked Pete for his years of service at CATA and read the Resolution of Appreciation. Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the Resolution of Appreciation for Earl “Pete” Gettig. Richard Kipp moved to adopt the Resolution; Joe Davidson seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Chairman Spychalski presented Pete with the Resolution of Appreciation on behalf of the Board of Directors.
E. Summer Board Meeting Schedule
Hugh Mose noted that traditionally each summer a meeting is cancelled due to lack of agenda items. After conferring with staff, Mr. Mose stated that it is recommended that the July Board Meeting be cancelled. Joe Davidson moved to cancel the July Board Meeting; Kathryn Bittner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
VI. OTHER BUSINESS
A. General Manager’s Report
Mr. Mose stated that he had provided the bi-weekly memo update in the Board packets last week and had nothing further to report, including no funding updates. However, Mr. Mose said that it appears that all the legislators agree that “something” needs done to fund public transit this year.
Jackie Sheader reported that CATA was represented at “Touch-A-Truck Day” and the event was well attended. Bus #67 and the Parade Bus were on display.
B. Service Development Report
Eric Bernier provided a written report in the Board packets. Mr. Bernier had to leave the meeting early and had nothing more to report.
Chairman Spychalski called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Richard Kipp moved to adjourn the meeting. Kathryn Bittner seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 5:25 PM.
No Executive Session was held.