CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
February 25, 2013
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:30 p.m.
VIII. EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Board reconvened in Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.
Hugh A. Mose, Secretary