CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
JANUARY 25, 2010
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
STAFF PRESENT: Hugh Mose, General Manager
Louwana Oliva, Assistant General Manager
Judi Minor, Director of Administration
Mark Kutzer, Director of Maintenance
Sherry Snyder, Director of Operations
Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager
Jackie Sheader, Marketing Manager
Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager
OTHERS PRESENT: Bob Martin, Esquire, McNees Wallace & Nurrick
John Baker, Esquire, McNees Wallace & Nurrick
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Spychalski called the
meeting to order at 4:05 PM.
II. 2010 ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS
Election of Officers
In accordance with the Authority’s By-Laws, the election of Board Officers is to occur annually at the first regularly scheduled meeting of the new calendar year. Gary Powers nominated the following individuals as Board Officers for 2010.
Chairman - John Spychalski, Ferguson Township
Vice-Chairman - Joseph Davidson, College Township
Treasurer - Richard Kipp, Harris Township
Asst. Treasurer - Judith Minor, CATA Director of Administration
Secretary - Hugh Mose, CATA
There being no other nominations, Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to elect the slate of CATA Board Officers nominated for 2010. Gary Powers moved and Kathryn Bittner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
III. PUBLIC COMMENTS
There were no public comments.
IV. OLD BUSINESS
Approval of Minutes for November 23, 2009
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the November Board Meeting Minutes with one minor editorial revision under Old Business, Section C, second paragraph, to change the word quality to qualify. Richard Kipp moved the approval of the minutes and Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
B. Approval of Minutes from December 17, 2009 Work Session
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the December Board Work Session Minutes with one minor addition, under Long Range Planning, item number 8, to follow the name Greg with the last name, Kausch . Kathryn Bittner moved the approval of the minutes and Richard Kipp seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
C. November & December 2009 Finance Reports
The November and December Finance Reports were presented. Gary Powers inquired about the extension of the natural gas tax credit. Hugh Mose responded that it is expected to be enacted by Congress in 2010, and could be made retroactive. John Spychalski inquired about the decline in CATACOMMUTE revenue. Judi Minor responded that the decline was a result of a fare reduction, which was made in response to the decrease in gas prices.
Hugh Mose commented that with one more Full Service weekday in 2009 than 2008, overall ridership trends are up, but that there were significant declines on commuter routes that may be due to the decrease in gas prices. Hugh further commented that paratransit ridership was down.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the November and December Finance Reports as presented. Gary Powers moved and Joe Davidson seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Policy Adoption and Review
The personnel policies which were selected for review at the November 23, 2009 meeting (Sections 9 through 18) were presented for approval. Richard Kipp suggested and the Board concurred, that Section 9.4 Life Insurance, should be reworded to specify when an employee becomes eligible for Life Insurance.
John Spychalski entertained a motion to approve
all of the policies as presented with the exception of Section 9.4, which if
changed to reflect an eligibility date, would also necessitate a change in the
adoption date of that item. Richard
Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded. The
motion carried unanimously.
E. Service Planning Update
Eric Bernier presented a prioritized service changes and improvements list, which along with comments from the Board and those received from the public at February’s Public Hearing, will be factored into the draft Budget and Service Plan for consideration at the Budget Work Session in March.
Since this item was for information only, no formal action was taken.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. Resolution of Appreciation for Bob Martin
Before his retirement on December 31, 2009, Bob Martin had served as CATA’s Solicitor for nearly 30 years, and over that period handled nearly all of CATA’s legal services – provided legal advice, mediated disputes, represented CATA in court, led the collective bargaining team, and was an outstanding advocate for CATA in every way. As is its custom, the Board considered a Resolution of Appreciation expressing thanks to Mr. Martin for his years of service to the Authority.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt a Resolution of Appreciation for Bob Martin. Kathryn Bittner moved and Joe Davison seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Chairman Spychalski then read the resolution in its entirety, and presented a framed and signed original to Mr. Martin. Mr. Martin provided remarks concerning his tenure as Solicitor for CATA. His successor, John Baker, was then introduced. Mr. Baker spoke about Bob’s role as his mentor and his own future as CATA’s Solicitor.
B. Adoption of 2010 Meeting Dates and Location
The following dates, times and locations were presented to the Board for consideration as is required by law.
January 25 February 22 March 22 April 26
May 24 June 28 July 26 August 23
September 27 October 25 November 22 December 20
All meetings will begin at 4:00 PM on the 4th Monday of the month with the exception of December
27th (to avoid the week between Christmas and New Years). Meetings will be held at the State
College Borough Building, Room 241 with the exception of February 22, which is scheduled for
Borough Council Chambers to accommodate the annual Public Hearing.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the 2010 meeting dates, times and locations
as proposed. Gary Powers moved and Kathryn Bittner seconded. The motion carried
C. 2010/2011 Budget Timetable
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the FY 2010/2011 Budget Timetable as presented, including the setting of a Public Hearing for 4:00 PM on Monday, February 22, 2010 in the State College Borough Council Chambers, and a Budget Work Session at 4:00PM on Thursday, March 18th in the CATA Board Meeting Room.
Richard Kipp moved, and Kathryn Bittner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
D. CCMPO Technical and Coordinating Committee Representatives
In response to the Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (CCMPO) request that
CATA re-designate their respective representatives to the Coordinating and Technical Committees,
the following nominations were made.
Chairman Spychalski - Coordinating Committee member
Joe Davidson – alternate to the Coordinating Committee
Hugh Mose – Technical Committee member
Louwana Oliva – alternate to the Technical Committee
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to accept the nominations to the Centre County
Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordinating and Technical Committees as presented.
Kathryn Bittner moved and Joe Davidson seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
A. General Manager’s Report
Hugh Mose reported that: the Billie Jo Richard’s litigation has been dismissed; Terri Quici and
Marsha Kyper attended a Huntingdon County Planning Commission meeting where Terri made a
presentation about CATACOMMUTE, which resulted in front page coverage in The Daily News; a
free iPhone app is now available which to-date has received 700 downloads; and that the LCD
signage at Schlow Library Downtown Office has been installed and is functioning.
Hugh Mose further reported that ridership on the extended White Loop was down from 1400 riders, between 2:30-4:30 AM, the first weekend, to 900 riders the second weekend, which was attributed to it being a canning weekend for THON, and that the students were well behaved from what he observed personally.
B. Service Development Report
Chairman Spychalski noted that a written report was enclosed for the Board’s review.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Gary Powers moved and Joe
seconded. The motion carried
unanimously. The meeting was adjourned
at 5:35 PM.
VIII. EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Board reconvened in Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.