AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
October 24, 2011
STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING
Conference Room 241, 243 S. Allen Street
State College, PA† 16801
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:†††††††††††††††† John Spychalski, Chairman
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Richard Kipp, Treasurer
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tom Kurtz
STAFF PRESENT:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hugh Mose, General Manager
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Louwana Oliva, Assistant General Manager
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Judith Minor, Director of Administration
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kimberly Fragola, Assistant Director of Administration
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mark Kutzer, Director of Maintenance
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jackie Sheader, Marketing Manager
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager
OTHERS PRESENT:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Joanne Augustin, PSU, Smeal Business College, Critique Magazine
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Angela Strock, PSU, Smeal Business College, Critique Magazine
I.††††††††† CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m.
II.††††††† PUBLIC COMMENT
There was no public comment.
III.††††† OLD BUSINESS
A.††††††† Approval of Minutes of September 26, 2011 Regular Board Meeting
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the September 26, 2011 regular Board meeting as presented.† Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.† The motion passed unanimously.
††††††††††† B.†† †††† September 2011 Finance Report
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the September 2011 Finance Report as presented.† Judi Minor reported that Football Shuttle Revenue was understated by $11,000 and† Farebox Revenue overstated by that same amount; an adjustment will be made. ††
Joe Davidson inquired about the amount of revenue being received from the sale of CNG at the Uni-Mart, and the Refund check from Arthur Gallagher for $55,000.† Judi Minor responded that she would find out and provide that information to the Board.†
Hugh Mose referenced the Ridership Report and noted the change which had been made to separate the commuter and community routes, in response to a request at the last Board meeting. Richard Kipp questioned whether the decline in Red LINK ridership could be attributed to the change in routing, which requires riders to travel to Innovation Park on the return trip.† Eric Bernier responded that he would look at the data and provide a response to the Board.
Hugh Mose noted a substantial reversal in the downward trend in paratransit ridership, and that more non-CATA vehicles were being used as well.† Hugh further commented that ONEPASS sales were up 14.5% for the year-to-date, and Ride-for-Five participation has increased 10% over last year.† With no further discussion, Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.†† The motion carried unanimously.
IV.††† †† NEW BUSINESS
A. Receipt of FY 2010/11 Audited Financial Statements
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the FY 2010/11 year-end audit and single audit reports and authorize their distribution to interested parties.
Judi Minor reported that no significant findings were included in the single audit report; last yearís finding regarding secure backup of computer data has been resolved.† After brief discussion, Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.† The motion carried unanimously.
B.††††††† Resolution Authorizing Filing of FY 2011/12 Federal Formula Assistance Grant
Judi Minor referenced the resolution authorizing filing for federal operating and/or capital funds, which is a standing resolution presented annually for adoption by the Board; once transportation appropriations for the new federal fiscal year have been enacted by Congress, staff will prepare the annual grant application for formula funding (capital and operating assistance) under Section 5307 of the Federal Transit Act.† Adoption of the required resolution at this time will allow staff to prepare and submit the grant as soon as funding levels have been announced.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the resolution authorizing the filing of CATAís FY 2011/12 federal formula assistance grant.† Richard Kipp moved and Tom Kurtz seconded.† The motion carried unanimously.
††††††††††† C.††††††† Stop Improvement Summary
Eric Bernier reported that every year a small portion of the Capital Budget is committed to make improvements to CATAís bus stops. For a number of years, that money has been used to help leverage larger scale improvements, mostly on the Penn State campus, with CATA providing shelters and benches while the University performed the necessary engineering and construction of such things as pull-offs. With only one major bus stop project scheduled for campus this past summer, staff focused on off-campus stop locations, where past amenities and improvements are approximately 20 years of age.†
Eric Bernier further reported that this yearís budget of $30,000 was split between the most pressing rehabilitation and expansion needs, and a couple of new pads and shelters.† Eric referenced the photos of those stop improvements and four of the †more high profile stop improvements made this past year by private developers.
††††††††††††††††††††††† This item was for review and comment only. No formal action was required of the Board.
V.††††††† OTHER BUSINESS
A. †††††† General Managerís Report
Hugh Mose referenced his written report, and highlighted the following:
∑ CATAís receipt of a $6.33 million Federal Transit Administration State of Good Repair Grant to be used for the replacement of all of the Orion buses.
∑ Senator Cormanís announcement that he would be introducing legislation which mirrors the recommendations of the Governorís Transportation Funding Advisory Commission.
∑ Staffís upcoming presentation before PennDOT officials regarding CATAís operations and the need for funding.
∑ John Bakerís response to the most recent Interagency Agreement submitted by ATAís solicitor.† The Board consensus was that Hugh Mose should contact Mike Savage, Chairman of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors, who has offered to contact the Clearfield County Commissioners who have representation on the ATA Board.
∑ That proposals for paratransit services are due next week.
∑ That three new vanpool vans have been received.
Jackie Sheader reported that instead of operating a Holiday Bus this year, efforts would be redirected toward an activity that would benefit a local charity.
Mark Kutzer provided a brief update on the progress of the fabrication of the buses which are on order from New Flyer.
B.††††††† Service Development Report
Eric Bernier referenced his written report; he stated that 12 of the 15 apartment complexes are now on the pay-per-ride contract model, and that the ridership reports show that a large percentage of tenants are using the CATA service.
††††††††††† C.††††††† Introductions
Chairman Spychalski introduced Joanne Augustin and Angela Strock, Penn State students who are writing an article for the Smeal Business College Critique Magazine.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.† Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.† The motion carried unanimously.† The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
VII.†††† EXECUTIVE SESSION
††††††††††† An executive session was held to discuss personnel matters and labor contract negotiations.
Hugh A. Mose, Secretary†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date