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October 22, 2012

4:00 p.m.


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

                                                            Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager

                                                            Brandi Marks, Finance-Grants Manager

                                                            Steve Campbell, Operations Supervisor


OTHERS PRESENT:                         John Nisbet, Foxdale Village, State College

                                                            Ed Roethlein, CDM Smith


I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m.



Brandi Marks, CATA’s new Finance-Grants Manager, and Steve Campbell, a new Operations Supervisor, were introduced to the Board.



John Nisbet, a resident of Foxdale Village Retirement Community in State College, expressed his displeasure with the revised CATARIDE pick-up/boarding time policy.



A.        Approval of Minutes of September 24, 2012 Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the September 24, 2012 Board Meeting with the addition of “ed” to the word “pass” in Section F under Old Business, and reference to a vote at the end of the third paragraph in Section B under New Business.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.  Corrected minutes will be provided to the Board.


            B.        September 2012 Finance Report

Judi Minor commented that the Transportation Planning Grant under Special Reimbursement Funding is money from PennDOT to cover the Professional Services expenditures for the Universal Access Study consultant; CATA’s short term loan is to cover the purchase of the new buses until the state Capital Bond Bill passes.


Hugh Mose stated that there were two fewer Full Service days this September than last year, and that ridership numbers appear to be down as a result; the elimination of the of the interline between the M, and XB or XG Routes has resulted in a decline in transfer ridership. He noted that the cost of providing paratransit service has almost doubled due to the large rate increases over the last several years. He also pointed out that there are now 31vanpool groups in operation, which is an all time high for CATA.

       Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the September 2012 Finance Report.

      Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.


            C.        Maintenance Facility Expansion Update

Ed Roethlein, CDMSmith’s lead architect, provided an overview of updated site plan drawings, which reflect the repositioning of the Maintenance Building, relocation of the ramp to the rooftop parking, and moving of the future Operations/Administration Building (Phase IV) next to the Maintenance Building.  The staff is supportive of the repositioning of the building, which is being recommended in order to avoid the on-site Verizon Building and its associated underground conduits. 

Ed Roethlein explained that the repositioning of the Maintenance Building also represents                        opportunities for additional efficiencies (example: in traffic flow of non – CATA vehicles)                       and overall cost savings (examples: eliminating the need for a penthouse and use of a                           smaller elevator; a lesser grade on the parking ramp, which now will not need to be                              relocated in the next phase of construction; and the reduction in the building’s footprint                            by several hundred square feet.


Louwana Oliva reported that the Auxiliary Parking lot will be put into use upon receipt of                        the Occupancy Permit and that a pre-construction meeting for the Gas Sensor project had                                     been held earlier today.


This item was for discussion only; no formal Board action was requested.


            D.        Consideration of LEED Certification

Louwana Oliva referenced her memo which addressed the issues raised at the September Board meeting regarding the costs involved in seeking LEED Certification for the Maintenance Facility Expansion. 


Tom Kurtz moved to remove from the table the motion made at the September 24 Board meeting.  Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.   After some discussion, Chairman Spychalski called for a vote on the motion itself, which was to not pursue LEED Certification.  The motion passed without dissent.  Then Richard Kipp offered a second motion to authorize the staff to work with the project architects to design the Maintenance Facility Expansion to meet or exceed basic LEED specifications and energy standards.  Tammy Gentzel seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.





A.        Resolution to File Consolidated Capital Grant Application (CCA)

Kimberly Fragola referenced a PennDOT resolution to be submitted as part of the grant application for FY 2012/13 state capital funds under Act 44.  Kimberly reported that while the total available for this year is $1,134,937, the grant application will request only $665,000.  This sum includes purchase and installation of the Gas Sensor system at $165,000, which supplements other funding that was previously programmed for the project.  The remaining $500,000 is for A&E work related to the Maintenance Facility Expansion project, which also supplements other funding that was previously programmed.


Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the resolution and authorize its submission to PennDOT to complete the application for state capital funding.  Joe Davidson moved and Tammy Gentzel seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.


B.        Resolution Authorizing Filing of FY 2012/13 Federal Formula Assistance Grant

Kimberly Fragola referenced a resolution authorizing the filing for federal operating and/or capital funds.  Kimberly stated that transit appropriations for the first half of the new federal fiscal year have been enacted by Congress, and the staff is working to prepare the annual grant application for formula funding (capital and operating assistance) under Section 5307 of the Federal Transit Act. 


Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the resolution authorizing the filing of CATA’s FY 2012/13 federal formula assistance grant.  Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.


            C.        Bus Stop Improvement Summary

Eric Bernier reported that every year a small portion of the Capital Budget is used to both address the most pressing rehabilitation and expansion needs of existing CATA bus stops and to help leverage larger scale stop improvements, particularly on the Penn State campus. 


Eric Bernier further reported that CATA has agreed to provide a larger, different style shelter as part of its commitment to the projects the University undertakes to expand and improve bus stops on campus.  This year CATA’s stop improvement program was expanded to include the cost (approximately $28,000) of one of these new style shelters.


Eric Bernier referenced his handout which illustrated the more high profile improvements that were made to bus stops this year, including the new style campus shelter, and some of the larger stop improvements which were made by private developers.


This item was for information and discussion only; no formal Board action was requested. 



A.     General Manager’s Report

Hugh Mose referenced his written report and highlighted the following:

·         CATACOMMUTE now has 31 vanpools in operation.

·         The Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania (ATA) TA will be at CATA on Wednesday, October 24 for a meeting with PennDOT Deputy Secretary Toby Fauver and members of his staff.  

·         Following the installation of new parking lot equipment at the Schlow Library, the public will be able to access CATA’s Downtown Office directly from the underground parking lot.

·         Following an initial meeting with PennDOT Deputy Secretary Toby Fauver regarding possible additional funding for the Maintenance Facility Expansion, the staff does not think it will be necessary to engage the services of Delta Development to prepare a funding strategy.

·         Agreements will be executed with any local government entities wishing to fuel CNG vehicles at CATA; public sector vehicles are currently fueling at the spare dispenser, which may eventually be moved to the Ferguson Township building across the street.

·         Barry Pearce is taking a new position with AFSCME; therefore, CATA will have a new Council Representative.


B.     Service Development Report

Eric Bernier referenced his written report.



            Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Richard Kipp moved and Tammy             Gentzel seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:54 p.m.



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            Hugh A. Mose, Secretary                                                                   Date