CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

PUBLIC HEARING

AND

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

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February 25, 2013

4:00 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING

Borough Council Chambers, 243 S. Allen Street

State College, PA  16801

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:     John Spychalski, Chairman

                                                            Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman

                                                            Richard Kipp, Treasurer

                                                            Tammy Gentzel

 

ABSENT:                                           Tom Kurtz

 

STAFF PRESENT:                             Hugh Mose, General Manager

                                                            Kimberly Fragola, Director of Administration

                                                            Mark Kutzer, Director of Maintenance

                                                            Sherry Snyder, Director of Operations

                                                            Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager

                                                            Jackie Sheader, Marketing Manager

                                                            Sylvia Rosa-Ortiz, Human Resources Manager

                                                            Greg Kausch, Transportation Planner

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the Annual Public Meeting and Regular Board Meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.

 

II.        PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE SUGGESTIONS ON BUS SERVICE CHANGES

Eric Bernier read his memo which outlined possible service changes for consideration in FY 2013/14, and the recommended process for the Public Hearing. Eric then referenced the following comment received through email prior to the hearing:

           

            Ilene White- I am unable to attend the public hearing this month, but I would like to ask if you

            would consider some modification to the Ride for 5 program that might allow part-time staff at   Penn State to take advantage of it.  I would be very willing to pay a higher       amount per month (say           $10-$15) to be able to ride the bus to and from work. I currently average about 20 hours a week so I    don't qualify for the current program, but I would certainly be interested in a similar program for

            those of us who work part time at the university.

 

            The following comments were received during the Public Hearing portion of the meeting:

 

            Jolley Harris, 335 Blanchard Street, Bellefonte, commented that the changes made to the X Route             were very good and had improved on-time performance.  Mr. Harris requested that consideration be             given to adding a stop at the Mall where the XB and M Routes intersect.

 

            Mike Shigley, 122 Aikens Place, State College, suggested that it would be in CATA’s best interest          to ask developers of large student housing complexes to purchase new buses, and to transition the    apartment complexes to a pay-in-advance pass system.

 

           

            Stephanie Bora, 360 Mt. Nittany Road, Lemont, requested reconsideration of the on-board beverage             policy. 

 

            No further members of the public stepped forward to offer comments.

 

            Chairman Spychalski closed the Public Hearing portion of the meeting at 4:21 p.m.

           

III.       PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

IV.       OLD BUSINESS

 

A.        Approval of Minutes of January 28, 2013 Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the January 28, 2013 Regular Board Meeting, with two minor editorial corrections.  Tammy Gentzel moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

            B.        January 2013 Finance Report
                        Kimberly Fragola referenced her memo, which accompanied the Finance Report.  Chairman                                  Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the January 2013 Finance Report.  Tammy Gentzel                  moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

            C.        Performance Reports

                        Hugh Mose referenced the Ridership Report, which reflects an increase in ridership due to there               being six more Full Service weekdays in 2013 than in 2012, and a large drop-off in free fare                                 ridership, which can be attributed to the free-fare day that was held in memory of Coach Joe                                Paterno in January, 2012; Hugh then referenced the CATARIDE, CATACOMMUTE and Fare             Media reports.  These items were for discussion only; no Board action was required.

       

D.        FY 2013-14 Budget – Update

Kimberly Fragola reported that she and Eric Bernier had represented CATA at the February COG Finance Committee meeting, where the lack of any collective dissent to CATA’s request for a 5% increase in local shares suggested that the staff should proceed with such an increase in the draft FY2013/14 Budget.  Hugh Mose reported that the next opportunity for Board involvement will be the Budget Work Session, which is scheduled for March 12.  This item was for discussion only; no formal Board action was required at this time.          

           

            E.        Maintenance Facility Expansion

                        Mark Kutzer reported that the switch-over to the new Gas Sensor system had been made during             the weekend, and that the system will be commissioned later in the week.  

 

                        Hugh Mose summarized his memo which provides a status report on the funding side of the                                 design process, as well as a copy of CDM Smith’s Proposal for Design Services – Amendment 3,                         for an additional $297,032 necessary to take the project to 60% design completion.  Hugh went               on to state that if CATA is still unable to access federal or state grant funding by the end of                                 March,             rather than continuing to commit CATA funds to the project, he believes that he will be                forced to recommend that the project be put on hold. 

 

                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the CDM Smith Proposal for Design                                   Services – Amendment 3, as described in the enclosed letter, and authorize the General Manager             to execute a change order in an amount not to exceed $297,032 for the       referenced work.   Joe

                        Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.         

 

           

            F.        Interior / Exterior Bus Advertising

                        Jackie Sheader reported that the Authority’s current contract for Interior Bus Advertising sales                through OnCampus Advertising is ending on June 30, 2013, and that the staff, now having close                         to two years of experience with selling exterior bus advertising, is seeking direction from the                                Board regarding the future of these two programs.  Jackie referenced her memo which                                          summarized CATA’s experiences and provided recommendations that the exterior bus

                        advertising program be continued indefinitely, and that a Request for Proposals for a new interior                         bus advertising contract, with an exterior bus advertising option be advertised.  Jackie stated that                         a final recommendation will be made at the April Regular Board Meeting.  This item was for                                discussion only; no formal Board action was required at this time.

 

 V.       NEW BUSINESS

           

            A.        CNG Fueling of Municipal Vehicles – Memorandum of Understanding

                        Hugh Mose referenced the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Fueling of Municipal                         Vehicles, which had been developed in response to CATA’s having been approached by the

                        COG Code Office and Patton Township about fueling CNG vehicles at our facility.   Hugh                                  further             stated that the MOU has been created to protect CATA and municipal property and                                     staff, as well as to meet the requirements of CATA’s insurance pool.  

 

                        Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the Memorandum of Understanding for                              Fueling of Municipal Vehicles.  Joe Davidson moved and Tammy Gentzel seconded.  The                                    motion carried unanimously.

 

            B.        Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Policy

                        Sylvia Rosa-Ortiz referenced the copy of CATA’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Policy,                 which contains recommended changes to bring CATA into compliance with recent modifications                         to the Act, and in the procedure used to track each employee’s FMLA use.  Chairman Spychalski                         entertained a motion to adopt the proposed FMLA Policy revisions.  Richard Kipp moved, and                Tammy Gentzel seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

            C.        State Transportation Funding

                        Hugh Mose stated that he is very pleased that Governor Corbett has taken the first step towards             addressing Pennsylvania’s transportation crisis by unveiling his funding proposal.  He further                                stated that there is expectation that alternative legislation which will provide more support for                              public transportation will be introduced.  This item was for discussion only; no Board action                                 was required at this time.

 

            D.        Centre Region Comprehensive Plan

                        Eric Vorwald, from the Centre Region Planning Agency (CRPA), provided an overview of the                Centre Region Comprehensive Plan: its purpose, what is included; the differences between the                 new plan and the 2000 Centre Region Comprehensive Plan; and the next steps in the process for                      adoption of the Comprehensive Plan update. 

 

                        Hugh Mose suggested that public transportation for outlying areas, including car and vanpools,                as well as telecommuting, and the multiplicity of different kinds of neighborhoods that exist in                the Centre Region should be addressed in the updated plan.  Chairman Spychalski requested that                   better boarding locations and access to those locations during inclement weather should be                                 addressed as well.  Hugh Mose requested that the Board provide him additional comments                            regarding the Transportation Chapter of the plan for inclusion in a letter which he would                                     provide to the CRPA by the March 1, 2013 deadline.

 

 

 

 

VI.       OTHER BUSINESS

A.        General Manager’s Report
            Hugh Mose referenced his Bi-weekly Memo, which had been provided to the Board             electronically earlier in the day, and in hard copy at the meeting.  Hugh also reported that Lee      Ann Williams, a Penn State alumnus, had been selected as the next Executive Director of the   Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association.  Sherry Snyder reported that there were no        major incidents to report and few phone calls received during “State Patty’s Day” the weekend of   February 23.

 

B.        Service Development Report

                        Eric Bernier referenced his written memo.  Eric suggested that lighting be included in bus                                     stop amenities addressed in the update to the Centre Region Comprehensive Plan.

 

VII.     ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:30 p.m.

 

VIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

            The Board reconvened in Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.

 

 

 

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Hugh A. Mose, Secretary

 

 

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