CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
January 23, 2012
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Hugh A. Mose, Secretary