CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

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January 28, 2013

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

Kimberly Fragola, Director of Administration

Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager

Jackie Sheader, Marketing Manager

Greg Kausch, Transportation Planner

Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

            Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m.

 

II.        2013 ADMINISTATIVE ACTIONS

            A.        Election of Officers

                        Chairman Spychalski stated that in accordance with the Authority’s By-Laws, 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                        Joe Davidson, College Township

                        Treasurer                     Richard Kipp, Harris Township

                        Asst. Treasurer                        Kimberly Fragola, CATA Director of Administration

                        Secretary                     Hugh Mose, CATA General Manager

                        Assistant Secretary     Louwana Oliva, CATA Assistant General Manager

 

                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to close the nominations.  Joe Davidson moved and                 Tom Kurtz seconded. The motion carried unanimously.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a                                  motion to elect            the slate of CATA Board Officers nominated for 2013.  Tom Kurtz moved and                 Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.        Adoption of 2013 Meeting Dates and Location
The following dates, times and location for 2013 meetings were presented to the Board for consideration as is required by law.

January 28       February 25     March 25         April 22 (29)   

June 3              June 24                        July 22             August 26

September 23  October 28      November 25  December 16

Chairman Spychalski and Tom Kurtz both had conflicts on April 22; the Board agreed to move the meeting one week later to April 29.  All meetings will begin at 4:00 PM on the 4th Monday of the month, with the exception of April, to accommodate Board members’ schedules, May, when the meeting is moved back to June 3 on account of Memorial Day, and December, when the meeting is moved ahead to December 16 due to the Holiday Week.  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 2013 meeting dates, times and locations as proposed, including the April 29 date adjustment.  Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

III.       PUBLIC COMMENT
There was no public comment.

IV.       OLD BUSINESS

A.                 Approval of Minutes of December 17, 2012 Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the December 17, 2012 Regular Board Meeting as presented.  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.

Tom Kurtz abstained from the vote due to his absence from the meeting.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

B.        Approval of Minutes of January 23, 2013 Work Session

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the January 23, 2013 Board Work Session minutes with the following changes: Chairman Spychalski asked that the words “and could not do so outside of a Public Board Meeting” be added following the word “cutaways”, in the second paragraph of Item 8; Richard Kipp pointed out that in Item 3, the word “side” should be “aside.”  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.   

 

C.        December 2012 Finance Report

Kimberly Fragola referenced her cover memo which outlined items of note in the financial documents.  The staff will report back to the Board about whether the vanpool fuel cost reduction was due to Penn State vanpools not operating during the Holidays.   In response to an inquiry by Chairman Spychalski, Hugh Mose reported that the Capital Reserve shown on the CATACOMMUTE report has been set aside for vanpool replacement, and had not been used previously due to the availability of JARC funding. 

 

                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the December 2012 Finance                                      Report.  Tammy Gentzel moved and Tom Kurtz seconded.  The motion carried                                          unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

            D.        Strategic Plan

                        Greg Kausch reported that in order to provide the Board with more time to digest the scope of                             work and schedule for the Strategic Plan Update, which he had presented at the Work Session,                and to incorporate suggestions made at that time, the topic had been added to the agenda                                     for the             January 28 Regular Board meeting.  Greg stated that suggested changes as a result of                                comments received at the January Work Session included not closing the door on using a                          PennDOT consultant who is already on retainer; an opportunity for input by employees, and                                 plans for a brainstorming exercise to include the Board and key staff members.

 

                        In response to additional questions and suggestions from the Board, Greg Kausch stated that                               resource documents will be utilized rather than reinventing the wheel; his time involvement will                be spread out over one and one-half years; various constituencies within Penn State will be                                   included in the stakeholder assessment; consideration will be given to stratifying the survey                                  instrument to obtain adequate sample sizes.  

 

                        The Board consensus was to submit the proposal for a CATA Strategic Plan Update to                             PennDOT for funding consideration.              

 

V.        NEW BUSINESS

 

A.        FY 2013/14 Budget Timetable
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion that the Board adopt the FY 2013/14 Budget Timetable as presented, or subsequently revised, including the setting of a Public Hearing for 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25, in the State College Borough Council Chambers.  Joe Davidson moved to adopt the Budget Timetable as presented and Tom Kurtz seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

            The Board then set a Budget Work Session date of March 12, 4:00 p.m., to be held at CATA’s Main Office.

 

            B.        Ratification of Resolution of Appreciation for Judith Minor

Chairman Spychalski reported that a Resolution of Appreciation from the Board had been provided to Judith Minor at her retirement reception which was held on January 18, 2013, and entertained a motion to ratify the resolution.  Tammy Gentzel moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.    

 

            C.        Resolution of Appreciation for Michael Tokarek

                        Chairman Spychalski presented a Resolution of Appreciation for Part-time Money Counter,                                  Michael Tokarek, who retired effective January 11, 2013, and entertained a motion to adopt the               resolution.  Tammy Gentzel moved and Tom Kurtz seconded.  The motion carried                                                 unanimously.

           

            D.        Resolution Authorizing the Authorized Official to Assign Roles within dotGrants

                        Kimberly Fragola reported that in 2008, all transit agencies receiving public transportation                                     funding were required to complete and submit the Electronic Access Licensing Agreement                                   (EALA) to obtain access to the dotGrants system.  Assignment of dotGrant roles through each                agency’s Authorized Official (AO) is an important element of compliance with the EALA for                              control of access and security.            In the past, several members of the staff have been listed as                                     CATA’s Authorized Officials.  PennDOT is requesting that CATA identify and confirm one                                individual to act as the Authorized Official; the staff recommendation is that the position of                                 Director of Administration be so designated. 

 

                 

                  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the Resolution Authorizing the Authorized          Official to Assign Roles within dotGrants.  Tammy Gentzel moved and Tom Kurtz seconded.

                  The motion carried unanimously.

 

            E.        Centre County DEP Grant Application – Aggregation Agreement

                        Hugh Mose reported that at the Planning Work Session on January 23, the staff’s interest in                                 pursuing the purchase of CNG powered cutaway vans was discussed, which, if approved by the             Board, would be eligible for partial funding under a new Pennsylvania Department of                                           Environmental             Protection (DEP) grant program, for which Centre County is applying.  This                                   grant funding, if awarded, would support fifty percent of the cost of the CNG equipment on the                         vehicles, estimated to be on the order of $15,000 per vehicle.  

 

                        Hugh Mose referenced the Pennsylvania Natural Gas Energy Development Program                                              Aggregation Agreement that is required for CATA to participate in Centre County’s grant                                    application.  Hugh went on to state that until the viability of CNG-powered cutaway vans can                              be evaluated more fully by the staff, and their purchase is subsequently approved by the Board,               it is understood that CATA’s participation with the County is tentative.

 

                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve CATA’s participation in a DEP grant                                  application with Centre County, and authorize the General Manager to execute a Pennsylvania                 Natural Gas Energy Development Program Aggregation Agreement on CATA’s behalf.  Tom                   Kurtz moved and Tammy Gentzel seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

VI.       OTHER BUSINESS

            A.        General Manager’s Report

      Hugh Mose reported that:

·         The Governor’s announcement of his transportation funding plan expected this week had been postponed until February 5.

·         The closing of SCI Cresson could result in a substantial increase in the vanpool program

·         CATA’s Director of Maintenance will be off on extended medical leave.

·         Greg Kausch will be representing CATA and Centre County in a Transit Consolidation Study.

·         February 23 has been designated as “State Patty’s Day;” the same strategies which have been employed in past years will be utilized to protect CATA’s Drivers, property and passengers.

 

B.        Service Development Report

      Eric Bernier referenced his written report and commented that a concept plan had been                       submitted by the developers of The Retreat on Waupelani Drive, for additional housing units on              the opposite side of the street.

 

VII.     ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:21 p.m.

 

 

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Hugh A. Mose, Secretary                                                                

 

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