CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

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March 26, 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

                                                            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.

 

VII.     ADJOURNMENT

            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

 

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