CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 

Regular Board Meeting

Minutes
(pdf version)

 

October 27, 2008

4:00 PM

 

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING

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

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS 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

Julie Hartley, Human Resource Manager

                                                            Deanne Brunner, Receptionist

                                                            Greg Kausch, Transportation Planner

                                                           

OTHERS PRESENT:                         Theresa Lafer, State College Borough Liaison

                                               

           

I.                   CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:07 p.m.

 

II.                PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no public comments.

III.             OLD BUSINESS


A.   Approval of September 22, 2008 Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the September 22, 2008 Regular Board Meeting minutes.  Joe Davidson moved to approve the minutes as distributed and Richard Kipp seconded.  With no discussion, the motion carried unanimously.

 

B.      Receipt of the August and September 2008 Finance Reports

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the August and September 2008 financial reports.  Richard Kipp moved to receive the reports and Kathryn Bittner seconded.  Judi Minor went over the August and September Finance Reports noting several items of interest.   Hugh Mose provided an update on ridership.  OnePass sales are up 83% over last year’s numbers.  Ride for Five pass sales and token sales have also increased over last year. Centre Ride ridership is comparable to the ridership numbers from a year ago, while Centre Line ridership numbers have increased by double digits.  The Centre Commute ridership numbers continue to increase.  With no further discussion, the motion carried unanimously.

 

C.     Rebranding Project Update

Due to the absence of Jackie Sheader, who is out on maternity leave, Eric Bernier provided the Board with a brief summary of the progress on the Rebranding project.  Design consultant, Ken Karlic has updated the project with the Board’s previous suggestions.  There was brief discussion regarding the new changes to the logo design, the renaming of CATA services and the paint scheme on the buses.  Kathryn Bittner stated that she prefers the name “CentreCommute” rather than “CentreConnect”.  Richard Kipp stated that CATA should be flexible in regards to the paint scheme of the buses.    The logo may need to be altered to accommodate individual characteristics of each type of bus.  Chairman Spychalski stated that he would like the logo on the buses to be italicized for a “speeding” look.  The Board concurred with the staff’s recommendation to retain the CATA name and to accept the service names and final logo recommendations with the exception of “CentreConnect”.  The Board asked the Project Committee to further consider the renaming of this service.  No formal Board action was taken.

 

D.    Policy Review – Personnel Manual

Julie Hartley went over the proposed changes to the Personnel Manual for the Board’s review and consideration.  Judi Minor stated that staff intends to make non-material changes to the manual that will be purely grammatical.  The Board concurred for the proposed changes and “clean-up”.  No formal Board action was taken; The proposed changes will be brought back to the Board for approval at the November meeting.

 

E.     Bus Acquisition

Joe Gilbert explained information that was recently received pertaining to the upcoming procurement of buses that are to be powered by CNG-electric hybrid propulsion systems.  Joe stated that CNG-electric hybrid propulsion systems cannot be engineered to fit in the current generation of 40’ buses.  There was brief discussion regarding current trends and the options that are available.  The Board concurred with staff’s recommendation to proceed with the bus procurement while exploring the various options.  Staff will have a more sufficient recommendation for the Board after further investigation.  No formal Board action was taken.

 

F.     COG Transportation Committee-CATA participation

Hugh Mose explained that Jim Steff has asked for CATA to send a follow-up letter to COG stating our interest to participate in a non-voting capacity on the proposedTransportation and Land Use Committee.  The Board concurred and advised staff to proceed with the letter.

           

IV.             NEW BUSINESS

A.     Receipt of FY 2007/2008 Audited Financial Statements

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive and distribute the year end single audit and financial reports.  Kathryn Bittner moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  Judi Minor gave a brief summary of new changes to the audit and also the minor findings.  After brief discussion, the motion carried unanimously.

 

B.     Resolution Authorizing Filing of FY 2008/2009 Federal Formula Assistance Grant

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the resolution as presented.  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  With no discussion, the motion carried unanimously.

 

C.     Resolution for State Capital Bond Application

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the resolution as presented.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  With no discussion, the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Note: Gary Powers joined the meeting.

 

D.    Board Member Training

Hugh Mose gave a brief summation of the Board Member Training that is being offered by PennTRAIN.  Hugh indicated that he would inquire for additional details regarding the training and would report back to the Board with specifics. 

 

E.     Compensation Plan for Non-Represented Employees

Julie Hartley stated that as indicated in the agenda memo, the overall compensation plan has not been updated in 12 years.  With the Board’s concurrence, the compensation plan will be reviewed by in-house staff and brought back to the Board periodically, for their review over the next six months.  No formal Board action was taken.

 

V.                OTHER BUSINESS

A.     General Manager’s Report

Hugh Mose informed the Board that the CNG dispenser contract is nearing the award stage.  Hugh also stated that CATA recently met with the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute staff regarding Bus #85.  The funding for the Hydrogen bus project will end at the end of the year and there has been discussion of running the bus with the current engine until spring, at which time the bus will be returned to its original condition. Hugh also noted that the process has begun to dispose of two paratransit vans that were removed from service.  Hugh shared with the Board the award that CATA received in San Diego.  Judi Minor inquired if CATA should extend the CNG  purchase contract with Gas Mark for another contract year beginning October 1, 2009 and the Board concurred.

 

B.     Service Development Report

The Service Development report was included in the Board packet for review.  Gary Powers inquired about the completion of the bus stop sign project and Hugh indicated that the project is still in process, however only 3 signs remain.

VI.             ADJOURNMENT

Chairman Spychalski called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Kathryn Bittner moved and Gary Powers seconded.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:41 PM.