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June 20, 2011

4:00 p.m.

CATA Board Meeting Room

2081 W. Whitehall Road

State College, PA  16801



BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:                 John Spychalski, Chairman

                                                                        Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman

                                                                        Richard Kipp, Treasurer

                                                                        Tom Kurtz


BOARD MEMBER ABSENT:                     Kathryn Bittner


STAFF PRESENT:                                         Hugh Mose, General Manger

Louwana Oliva, Assistant General Manager

                                                                        Judith Minor, Director of Administration

                                                                        Kimberly Fragola, Assistant Director of Administration

                                                                        Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager


I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:11 p.m.


There was no public comment.


It was determined that an Executive Session was not necessary.  Chairman Spychalski moved to the New Business portion of the agenda.



A.           Resolution Authorizing the Submittal and Modification of PennDOT DOTGrant Objects

Kimberly Fragola reported that as more grant related work through PennDOT is completed online, an additional resolution is now required, and she presented the “Resolution Authorizing the Submittal and Modification of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation DOTGrant Objects” for the Board’s consideration.  Kimberly further stated that this resolution replaces last year’s authorizing resolution and will again permit the Director of Administration and the Assistant Director of Administration to complete grant administrative tasks, and the General Manager to submit final grant applications and execute grant agreements. 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the Resolution Authorizing the Submittal and Modification of PennDOT DOTGrant Objects.  Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.


B.                 Paratransit Contract Extension

Louwana Oliva referenced her memo which provided a status report on staff efforts to reach agreement on a contract extension with Handy Delivery for the operation of the CATARIDE paratransit service.  Louwana stated that the staff’s recommendation is to negotiate the best rate possible with Handy Delivery, and as quickly as possible do the research necessary to make a decision on how to proceed with this service.   Judi Minor provided verbal background on the results of the previous Request for Proposals (RFP) for paratransit services and the projected cost to CATA (approximately $220,000 more than was budgeted) of the proposed combined rate for both ambulatory and non-ambulatory passengers.

Open discussion included:

Consensus was that the staff should proceed with negotiating the best rate possible for the next nine months and begin to prepare for the issuing of an RFP for paratransit services.  Joe Davidson requested that an analysis of bringing the service in-house be conducted.  Judi Minor stated that the Board might want to give consideration to a request to PennDOT for a rate increase, which would require a fare increase for senior passengers.

C.        General Manager Employment Agreement

Chairman Spychalski presented for renewal the General Manager’s Employment Agreement  which will expire at the end of June 2011.  Hugh Mose reported that the new Employment Agreement is very similar to the one that has been in place for the past five years, but it will run only through June 30, 2014, at which time he expects to retire.

Richard Kipp questioned whether the sentence on the bottom of page two “Negotiations for contract renewal shall begin no later than March 1, 2014” was relevant given the General Manager’s intent to retire in June of 2014. Consensus was to leave the document unchanged.

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the General Manager’s Employment Agreement, and authorize the Chairman and Vice Chairman to execute the contract on the Authority’s behalf.  Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously. 


Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.