CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

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January 23, 2012

4:00 p.m.

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

                                                            Tammy Gentzel

 

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

                                                            Sherry Snyder, Director of Operations

                                                            Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager

                                                            Jackie Sheader, Marketing Manager

                                                            Greg Kausch, Transportation Planner

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                         Rob Watts, McCormick Taylor Incorporated

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

            Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m.

II.        2012 ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS

            A.        Election of Officers

                        Chairman Spychalski stated that in accordance with the Authority’s Bylaws, the                            election of Board Officers is to occur annually at the first regularly scheduled                                meeting of the new calendar year.  The following Board Officers were nominated                                by Tom Kurtz:

 

                                    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 General Manager

                                    Asst. Secretary            Louwana Oliva, CATA Assistant General Manager

           

                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to close the nominations.  Tom Kurtz                            moved             and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.  Chairman                          Spychalski entertained a motion to elect the slate of CATA Board Officers                                    nominated for 2012.  Tom Kurtz moved and Joe Davidson seconded. This motion                               also carried unanimously.

 

B.        Adoption of 2012 Meeting Dates and Location
The following dates, times and locations for 2012 meetings were presented to the Board for consideration as is required by law.

January 23       February 27     March 26         April 23      

June 4              June 25            July 23             August 27

                                    September 24  October 22      November 26  December 17

                       

                        All meetings will begin at 4:00 PM on the fourth Monday of the month, with the                           exception of May, when the meeting is moved to June 4 because of Memorial                                Day, and December, when the meeting is moved ahead to December 17 due to                                  Christmas Eve.  Meetings will be held at the State College Borough Building, Room               241.  Should meeting changes be made over the course of the year, they will be                                   published in the CDT, as required by law.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the 2012 meeting dates, times and locations as proposed.  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.   The motion carried unanimously.

III.       PUBLIC COMMENT
There was no public comment.

IV.       OLD BUSINESS
            A.        Approval of Minutes of November 28, 2011 Regular Board Meeting

                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the November 28, 2011 Regular                  Board Meeting Minutes with one change: under Old Business, Section C, the word                       “amendment” should be substituted for “variance”.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard                  Kipp seconded.   The motion carried           unanimously.

 

            B.        Approval of Minutes of January 9, 2012 Board Work Session       

                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the January 9, 2012 Board Work                 Session Minutes with one change: in section nine, a comma should be used to replace                    the period in $485.964.  Tom Kurtz moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion                         carried unanimously.

 

            C.        November & December 2011 Finance Reports

                        Hugh Mose noted that for the month of November the trend in declining ridership on                   Campus Service being countered by increased ridership on Community Routes had                       continued.  Tom Kurtz requested that a supplemental report be added to the Finance                Report             to show credit card purchases at a specified threshold.  Hugh Mose responded               that staff would develop a response to that request.

 

                        Hugh Mose commented that for the month of December, there was one less day of                       Full Service, which affects the ridership and has contributed to an overall decline of                 11%, including an almost 20% drop on Campus Service.  Tammy Gentzel                                            commented that changing patterns in how Finals Week is administered at Penn State                     and the earlier departures of students may be having an impact on ridership during the                        month of December.

 

                        Chairman Spychalski commented that the University may need to reconsider whether                   the HP (Toftrees/Scenery Park) Route is fare-free on campus.  Hugh Mose stated that                         staff may come back to the Board with recommendations in that regard as a result of                      the service planning process.   

 

                        Discussion was held on Board member subscriptions to Passenger Transport.  Hugh                       Mose responded that staff will look into the matter and report back to the Board.

 

                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the November and December                        2011 Finance Reports as presented.  Richard Kipp moved and Tom Kurtz seconded.                     The motion carried unanimously.

           

V.        NEW BUSINESS

            A.        FY 2012/2013 Budget Timetable
                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion that the Board adopt the FY 2012/2013                        Budget Timetable as presented, or subsequently revised, including the setting of a                                     Public Hearing for 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, in the State College                                    Borough Council Chambers.  Joe Davidson moved and Tom Kurtz seconded.  The               motion carried unanimously.

           

            B.        CCMPO Technical and Coordinating Committee Representatives

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to formally designate: John Spychalski as representative and Joe Davidson as alternate representative to the CCMPO Coordinating Committee; Louwana Oliva as representative and Hugh Mose as alternate representative to the CCMPO Technical Committee.  Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

            C.        FY 2012/2013 Service Calendar

                        Eric Bernier reported that last year efficiencies in service were gained through a                             combination of restructuring, merging and then elimination of CATA’s least                                  productive trips and that through that process, most of the “low hanging fruit” has                   been eliminated.  As a result, the service calendar itself needs to be                                          considered as we evaluate the balancing of efficiencies gained versus the                                            number of passengers inconvenienced. 

 

                        Eric Bernier further stated that current operating cost and ridership data                                         indicate that revising our actual system-wide service levels (Full Service,                                        Reduced Service, Sunday Service, etc.) on certain days of the year needs to be                                  considered an option.  Eric provided the example that the Service Planning                                Committee believes that it may be better to run a Sunday level of service                                               between Christmas and New Years versus eliminating Saturday service on an entire                 route year-round. Hugh Mose reported that ridership is extremely low between                              Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.            

           

                        This item was for review and comment only.  No formal action was required of the                        Board.

 

            D.        Moshannon Valley Park and Ride Study – Project Status Report

                        Greg Kausch reported that in May 2009, PennDOT announced that $100,000 had been                 awarded from the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative (PCTI) program                   for a Moshannon Valley Park and Ride Lot Study.  The project is being managed by                  the MPO staff, with consultant assistance.

 

Greg Kausch stated that the study purpose is to identify, examine, and prioritize potential park and ride lot sites (including both “park and transit” and “park and pool” use) within the Moshannon Valley, to accommodate a large and growing number of ridesharing participants.

Greg Kausch further reported that a Request for Proposals (RFP) was published in July 2010, and McCormick Taylor Inc. (MT) was retained in October 2010 to complete the study. 

Rob Watts, from McCormick Taylor Incorporated, referenced Power Point slides (of which he provided copies) and several display boards as he reported that the majority of the project tasks have been completed, including the following: 

Phase A – Identification of Potential Sites

Phase B – Evaluation and Ranking of Alternative Sites

Phase C – Examination of Right-of-Way Opportunities

Phase D – Generation of Preliminary Cost Estimates

                        Phase E – Preparation of Project Documentation

 

                        Rob Watts reported that preparation of the final report is the only task remaining to be                  completed.  It is expected that the final report will incorporate input from the CCMPO                 Technical and Coordinating Committees, as well as the CATA Board of Directors.                The final report will provide Level I and II Transportation Investment Program (TIP)                screening reports to be used when funding is sought. A first draft of the report is                                currently being reviewed by staff; completion is expected no later than March 30,                                2012.

 

In response to questions from Board and staff members, Rob Watts reported that a site would be either purchased or leased depending on which site is selected; sites will be built to a standard to accommodate buses; include lighting; and be developed based on projected parking demand ten years in the future.  Rob also stated that no study was conducted as to where the commuters through the Moshannon Valley are coming from.  Greg Kausch reported that there is currently no funding in place for engineering and construction of the project but that it would eventually be placed on the TIP.

This item was for review and comment only.  No formal action was required of the Board.  

VI.       OTHER BUSINESS

            A.        General Manager’s Report

            Hugh Mose reported that:

·         He had attended a meeting of the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition earlier in the day, where it was reported that at best the Governor’s Budget, to be released on February 7, would provide only short term transportation funding relief.  

·         Staff may be presenting at a future Board meeting recommendations for the disposal of vanpool vans which have reached their useful life threshold as defined by state and federal regulations. 

·         Noreen Byers, owner of Handy Delivery, had presented him with a letter to the Board prior to the meeting expressing gratitude for the 30 years that they had been the sub-contractor for CATARIDE and disappointment in no longer being that contractor.   A copy of the letter will be scanned and sent to the Board.   It was noted that the current contract extension with Handy ends on March 31, 2012.

 

·         The bi-annual Elected Officials Breakfast will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. in the CATA Board Meeting Room, with February 16 as the designated snow date.

 

                        Judi Minor reported that she is purchasing 25% of a month on any day that the                              price for natural gas goes down more than $.05, and that purchases have been                                completed through the month of September 2012; 75% of the natural gas for                           October, November and December 2012 has also been purchased. 

                        Judi Minor reported that Citizen’s Bank (CATA’s current bank) will no longer offer a                   Line of Credit as of April 1; she is checking with other banks to obtain a Line                                of Credit until an RFP for banking services can be released and a new bank selected.

 

                        Louwana Oliva reported that as part of receiving approval from Ferguson Township                      for the addition of auxiliary parking at the front of the building, additional landscaping                      may be required.  Previous building expansion projects required the trees, but they                  apparently either were not installed, were removed with the addition of the fence to the                       property line or died after installation.

 

                        Louwana Oliva further reported that space has been leased on West College Avenue                     for temporary bus parking for ten buses through July 2012 at a cost of $500 per month,                       and that the RFP for the gas detection system had been released on Sunday, January                         22.

 

                        Tom Kurtz requested that consideration be given to providing a refresher                                       course on Board responsibilities and duties according to the Municipal Authorities                         Act.  Hugh Mose responded that staff will check with PennDOT’s PennTrain                           program which had provided the last such training for the Board in 2009.

 

            B.        Service Development Report

                        Eric Bernier referenced his written report.  

 

Chairman Spychalski expressed appreciation to the staff for the planning and hosting of a memorial event for deceased Driver, Bob Moses.

 

VII.     ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Richard Kipp moved and       Joe Davidson seconded.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

 

VIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

            The Board met in Executive Session to discuss labor negotiations and personnel matters.

 

 

 

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Hugh A. Mose, Secretary

 

 

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