CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

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December 17, 2012

4:00 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING

Conference Room 241, 243 S. Allen Street

State College, PA16801

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:†††† John Spychalski, Chairman

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Richard Kipp, Treasurer

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tammy Gentzel

 

ABSENT:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tom Kurtz

 

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

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Greg Kausch, Transportation Planner

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager

 

I.††††††††† CALL TO ORDER

††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

 

II.††††††† PUBLIC COMMENT

††††††††††† There was no public comment.

 

III.†††††† OLD BUSINESS

††††††††††† A.††††††† Approval of Minutes of November 26, 2012 Regular Board Meeting

††††††††††††††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the †††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† November 26, 2012 Regular Board Meeting.Tammy Gentzel moved and Richard †††††††††††††††††††††† Kipp seconded.The motion carried unanimously.

 

††††††††††† B.††††††† November 2012 Finance Report

††††††††††††††††††††††† Judi Minor commented that Advertising Revenue appeared to be low for the year. ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Hugh Mose responded that a sizeable contract is in the works, which would ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† greatly increase the Advertising Revenue line, and that Interior Advertising ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Revenue for the calendar year is at an all time high. Judi further commented that ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the report will be corrected to include the interest paid on the short term loan.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† Hugh Mose reported that November ridership was the highest it has been in the †††

††††††††††††††††††††††† past five years.Chairman Spychalski expressed his interest in increased

††††††††††††††††††††††† marketing of the Ride for Five program.

 

 

††††††††††† C.††††††† State College Area Universal Transit Access Study Ė Status Report

††††††††††††††††††††††† Greg Kausch reported that to date Tasks 1 and 2 of the State College Universal ††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Transit Access Study have been completed, and interim reports are available for ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† review on the consultantís website.Greg further stated that: two stakeholder ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† group sessions have been held and a number of steering committee meetings ††††††††††††††††††††††††† conducted; DRAFT reports for Tasks 3 and 4 have been reviewed by the project ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† steering committee, and comments have been provided to the consultant to guide ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† significant revisions needed to these documents; and the feedback which Tom ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kurtz has provided on Task 2 will be included in the final report.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski expressed concern about the consultantís ability to perform ††††††††††††††††††††††††† the level of work required to complete the study.Hugh Mose commented that his ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† concern was that the consultant may not have the time needed to complete a really †††††††††††††† good product.Greg Kausch stated that it may become necessary to request an †††††††††††††††††††††††† extension of the project completion date from PennDOT.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† This item was for information and discussion only; no Board action was requested ††††††††††††††††††††††† at this time.

 

††††††††††† D.††††††† Maintenance Facility Expansion Update

††††††††††††††††††††††† Louwana Oliva stated that a full update and presentation on the Maintenance †††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Facility Expansion project and design will be provided by the staff and CDM †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Smith at the January 23, 2013 Board Work Session.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† This item was for information and discussion only; no Board action was requested ††††††††††††††††††††††† at this time.

 

IV.†††††† NEW BUSINESS
††††††††††† A.††††††† Legal Services Ė Contract Award

††††††††††††††††††††††† Hugh Mose reported that the staff recently solicited proposals for legal services ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for the period from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017, and that two ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† submittals were received, from John Baker of McNees, Wallace and Nurick, and ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† from Joseph Korsak of the Mazza Law Group.

 

††††††††††† Hugh Mose stated that each member of the Legal Services RFP Review ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Committee, which consisted of Kimberly Fragola, Judi Minor, John Spychalski †††††††††††† and himself, rated the proposals based on four criteria; experience of the attorney †††††††††††††††† or attorneys named to represent CATA in legal matters, experience of the law †††††††††††††††††††††† firm as a whole in providing legal counsel for transit and other municipal ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† authorities, reasonableness of price, and certification as a DBE firm.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† Based on the average score calculated for each criterion, the Legal Services RFP †††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Committee recommended that the Board accept the proposal from McNees, ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wallace and Nurick.Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to accept the †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† proposal from John Baker of the firm of McNees, Wallace and Nurick, for the †††††††††††††††††††††††† period beginning January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017, and authorize the ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† General Manager to negotiate an agreement with the firm pursuant to the terms of †††††††††††††††††††††††† the Request for Proposals. Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

V.††††††† OTHER BUSINESS

††††††††††† A.††††††† General Managerís Report

††††††††††††††††††††††† Hugh Mose referenced his written report and commented that:

         There is an increasing likelihood that after the General Assembly reconvenes in January the Governor will present a transportation funding proposal.

         A press release is scheduled to go out on Tuesday, announcing the January 2 start of ATAís Commuter Bus Service from Clearfield, through Philipsburg into State College.

         The Downtown Office will be open from 5 Ė 10 p.m., and White LOOP Service will be operating, during the First Night activities in State College on December 31; the Holiday Food for Fare event collected over 800 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Food Banks; and the Employee Holiday Party had been held at Toftrees Resort on December 9.

         Louwana Oliva will be in charge during his absence for vacation from December 24-28.

 

†††††††††† B.††††††† Service Development Report

††††††††††††††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski referenced the written report provided to the Board.

 

††††††††††† C.††††††† Judi Minorís Final Board Meeting

††††††††††††††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski acknowledged that this would be the final Board meeting at ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† which Judi Minor would be attending in an official capacity, and referenced the †††††††††††††††††††††††††† Retirement Reception being hosted in Judiís honor on January 18, where full †††††††††††††††††††††††††† acknowledgement and appreciation of Judiís years of service to CATA would be †††††††††††††††††††††††††† expressed.

 

VI.†††††† ADJOURNMENT

††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski declared the meeting adjourned at 4:57 p.m.

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Hugh A. Mose, Secretary

 

 

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