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July 28, 2008

4:00 PM


Room 241, 243 S. Allen Street, State College, PA


BOARD MEMEBERS PRESENT:          John Spychalski, Chairman
                                                               Joseph L. Davidson, Vice Chairman
                                                               Richard Kipp, Treasurer
                                                               Gary Powers
                                                               Kathryn Bittner


STAFF PRESENT:                                 Hugh Mose, General Manager
                                                              Joe Gilbert, Director of Transportation

                                                              Judi Minor, Director of Administration

                                                              Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager

                                                              Dina Ruggiero, Grants Manager
                                                              Julie Hartley, Human Resource Manager


OTHERS PRESENT:                              Theresa Lafer, State College Borough Liaison




Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:06 p.m.  Judi Minor introduced Ms. Julie Hartley as the new Human Resource Manager and the Board welcomed her.



There were no public comments.


A. Approval of June 30, 2008 Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the June 30, 2008 Regular Board Meeting Minutes. Richard Kipp moved to approve the minutes as distributed and Gary Powers seconded. With no discussion, the motion carried unanimously.


Receipt of the June 2008 Financial Report

Chairman Spychalski stated that the financials for the month of June will not be available until the next Regular Board meeting due to the audit not being completed.


Hugh Mose provided an update on ridership indicating that overall ridership numbers for the month of June are up.  Hugh stated that the LOOP ridership numbers are down considerably and this may be due to the road construction on Campus over the summer.  CentreLine ridership numbers on each Route show an increase in the double digits with the exception of the H Route, which may also be impacted by road construction. OnePass sales are up substantially and Ride for Five pass sales continue to rise by approximately 20%.  Paratransit ridership is up marginally compared to June of last year.  CENTRE COMMUTE ridership numbers continue to increase with ten vanpools in operation.  Rideshare reached 933 participants at the end of June compared to 572 participants in December of last year.  Hugh also noted that as soon as the JARC funding becomes available the two oldest vans will be replaced. 



A. Annual Policy Review Schedule

Hugh Mose provided a brief introduction to the Annual Policy Review that is undertaken each year.  Julie Hartley added that there are several new policies for the year, which include the Right-to-Know Act, Bulletin Board Policy, Driver’s License Policy, Personnel Files, Transit Pass Program and Tuition Assistance Policy.  Judi Minor explained briefly the new changes to the Right-to-Know Act with some of the changes taking effective on July 1, 2008 and the remainder taking effect on January 1, 2009.


Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the Policy Review Schedule for FY 2008/2009 as presented.  Gary Powers moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  With no further discussion, the motion carried unanimously.


B. COG Transportation Committee – CATA Participation

Hugh Mose provided an explanation of the proposed COG plan to change the Transportation Committee to a Transportation and Land Use Committee.  Hugh indicated that it might be a good idea to have CATA formally represented on this committee.  Joe Davidson voiced his concern that the focus on transportation may not get priority if the two issues are combined. 


After brief discussion on the different aspects of the combined committee and CATA’s participation, Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion for staff to be directed to draft a letter requesting CATA to be represented on the Transportation and Land Use Committee as a voting member.  Joe Davidson moved and Kathryn Bittner seconded.  With no further discussion, the motion carried unanimously.


C. Bid Award – Driveway Repair

Joe Gilbert stated that we received three responses for the driveway concrete repair work.  Two of the three bidders had misinterpreted the specifications concerning the quantity of work using linear feet as opposed to square feet.  All bids were rejected and bidders were asked to re-calculate based on those terms. Of the three bidders, Mid State Paving & Excavating was the low bidder at $13.55 per square foot or $48,454.80 total project cost.  This project will be funded through a capital grant.


After brief discussion, Joe Davidson moved to authorize the General Manager to award the contract to Mid State Paving & Excavating for the repair and replacement of concrete in the driveway at the Cato Park facility.  Gary Powers seconded.  With no further discussion, the motion carried unanimously. 


 A. General Manager’s Report

Hugh Mose stated that despite the fact that service on the street is not as busy as it is during the school year, there are many things going on behind the scenes including the hiring and training of new bus drivers, the FTA Triennial Review & annual audit and fall service planning.


Hugh indicated that a settlement has been reached in the Billie Joe Richards litigation case.  Hugh noted that Jackie Sheader was to give the Board an update on the rebranding project, however, she was not feeling well and was not able to attend today’s meeting.  Jackie will provide a status report to the Board via email.   Hugh thanked Judi and her staff for a job well done on the FTA Triennial review which concluded with only four minor findings. Hugh stated that the Executive Assistant position has not been filled, however there is a candidate returning for a second interview that he may extend an offer to.  If for some reason this candidate does not work out, we will be looking to hire someone through a temp agency.  


B. Service Development Report

Eric Bernier stated that there have been several inquiries to provide additional service to Benner Township and to provide new service in Halfmoon Township.  The cost of service in Halfmoon Township would be similar to the cost of service in Harris Township.  Eric is scheduled on the Halfmoon Board of Supervisor’s agenda at their August 14th meeting to discuss the options.  The service being considered would be a commuter level, similar to the service to Gray’s Woods. Chairman Spychalski indicated that the service must be a cost based proposal.  There was brief discussion regarding the possibilities of the additional service and the implications it would have.


Eric stated that the CATA Football Shuttle will run the same as it has in past years and also noted that he does not have any additional information regarding the Fullington/Penn State Football service that has been proposed.



Chairman Spychalski called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Gary Powers moved to adjourn the meeting.  Kathryn Bittner seconded.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:07 p.m.



An Executive Session was held to discuss personnel and labor relations matters.