CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
March 26, 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
Jackie Sheader, Marketing Manager
Julie Hartley, Human Resource Manager
Greg Kausch, Transportation Planner
Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager
OTHERS PRESENT: Penn State Students: Kasandra Allwein, Katherine Caswell,
Liz McTish and Jarett Brown
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:01 p.m.
II. PUBLIC COMMENT
There was no public comment.
III. OLD BUSINESS
A. Approval of Minutes of February 27, 2012 Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the February 27, 2012 Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting minutes. Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
B. Approval of Minutes of March 20, 2012 Board Work Session
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the March 20, 2012
Board Work Session minutes with the editorial changes he requested. Richard Kipp moved and Tammy Gentzel seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
C. Receipt of February 2012 Finance Report
Hugh referenced various sections of the report. Tom Kurtz requested that the cover memo which accompanies the Ridership Reports contain riders per revenue hour. Hugh Mose reported that the correct number of vanpools is 27, not 28 as indicated on the vanpool program report.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the February 2012 Finance Report. Richard Kipp moved and Tom Kurtz seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
D. FY 2012/2013 DRAFT Budget
Chairman Spychalski referenced the five-page DRAFT Budget, which was preceded by a cover memo from Judi Minor that describes changes made from the Preliminary DRAFT Budget that the Board reviewed at the March 20, 2012 Work Session. Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the FY 2012/2013 DRAFT Budget and authorize its completion and distribution by the staff. Tom Kurtz moved and Tammy Gentzel seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
E. Moshannon Valley – State College Commuter Bus Service: Interagency Agreement
Greg Kausch reported that the Interagency Agreement in the Board packets contains the following changes from the agreement that the Board approved at the July 25, 2011meeting: language regarding the Ride-for-Five program was stricken at the request of Penn State; the Guaranteed Ride Home program description was modified to reflect that CATA would collect and retain those program fees. Greg further reported that the agreement has been reviewed extensively by CATA’s solicitor, John Baker, as well as ATA’s legal counsel.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion that the Board authorize the Chairman to execute the Interagency Agreement between the Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania and the Centre Area Transportation Authority. Richard Kipp moved and Tom Kurtz seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
F. CATA Facility Upgrade and Expansion
Louwana Oliva reported that CATA’s FTA State of Good Repair (SOGR) grant application was submitted on March 21 after staff, assisted by Delta Development and CDM Smith, made adjustments to the project scope, timing and budget in an effort to position the application for the best chance of receiving a major grant. The project now includes only the addition of a maintenance garage and fueling and bus wash area; not included in the plan are additional bus storage and on-site employee parking.
Louwana Oliva went on to report that PennDOT has committed $5 million in state funds to the current project, which allowed for the SOGR grant request to be reduced from $14 million to $12.3 million.
Hugh Mose reported that CATA staff will be meeting with legislative staff members locally and in Washington, DC to garner support for the grant application, which was submitted with eleven letters of endorsement; Senator Corman has pledged to obtain a letter of support from Governor Corbett. Hugh went on to state that review of the zoning amendment was going to the Ferguson Township Planning Commission next week and that Township Manager, Mark Kunkle does not anticipate any problems with it receiving approval.
A thank you letter from the CATA Board of Directors to PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Local and Area Transportation, Toby Fauver, was circulated for Board member signatures.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. Request for Proposals for Banking Services
Judi Minor reported that because CATA requires an operating line of credit to meet cash flow needs during the year, and may require a separate and fixed term line to provide the state shares of the upcoming 17 bus purchase ($1.5 M) in advance of state grant funding, the staff prepared and distributed an RFP for banking services. Proposals from Jersey Shore State Bank, PNC Bank, First National Bank and M and T Bank were received by the March 19th deadline. Judi went on to state that the proposal evaluation process was incomplete, and that the staff was not prepared to make a recommendation on an award for banking services at this meeting. Judi noted, however, that services through the current provider, Citizens Bank, would no longer be offered after April 12.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to authorize the staff to select a bank proposal and authorize the General Manager to enter into an agreement for banking services, subject to the Board’s formal approval at the April meeting. Tom Kurtz moved and Tammy Gentzel seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
B. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program Update
Julie Hartley reported that pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and
the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Circular 4704.1, CATA is required to implement an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program that prohibits discrimination in employment and authorizes affirmative action to assure non-discrimination on the part of grant recipients; an approved program must be in place as part of the grant approval process.
Julie Hartley went on to report that CATA’s EEO Program that covers the period of
2010 to 2012 has gone through a conditional approval process, and has been submitted and verbally preapproved this month by the FTA Region III Civil Rights Office; final written approval is expected shortly. Julie referenced the EEO document included in the Board packet which contains components of CATA’s program that have been updated and expanded in order to fully comply with FTA requirements.
This item was for review and comment only. No formal action was required of the Board.
C. Resolution Certifying Local Match
Judi Minor referenced the resolution to certify the local match for CATA’s FY 2012/13 Act 44 State Operating Assistance Grant, which is required as part of the grant application and that was included in the Board packets. Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion that the Board adopt the resolution which certifies the local match for the FY 2012/13 State Operating Grant. Tammy Gentzel moved and Tom Kurtz seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
VI. OTHER BUSINESS
A. General Manager’s Report
Hugh Mose referenced his Bi-weekly “For Your Information” Report of March 13.
Louwana Oliva reported on the transition of paratransit service provider from Handy Delivery to Ride Right, which will take place on March 31.
Hugh Mose reported that samples of all CATA fleet vehicles will be on display at
the CCMPO Coordinating Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 27.
Mark Kutzer reported that of the ten new buses, nine are in service; one was sent
back to Canada for extensive repairs required as a result of a collision. Mark went on to state that the first delivery of the next group of new buses is scheduled for the end of the week.
Hugh Mose reported that the staff was working with Penn State on a service contract which would include changes to the Red Link and elimination of the HP (Toftrees / Scenery Park) Route from the Fare-Free Zone. Hugh went on to state
that Mark Kutzer and Terri Quici will be making a trip to the Area Transportation Authority in Johnsonburg to look at Sprinter vans which PennDOT is encouraging CATA to take over.
B. Service Development Report
Chairman John Spychalski referenced Eric Bernier’s written report which was included in the Board packet.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Tammy Gentzel moved and Tom Kurtz seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
Joe Davidson arrived in time for the Executive Session.
VIII. EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Board reconvened in Executive Session to discuss labor negotiations and personnel matters.
Hugh A. Mose, Secretary