CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY  

REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

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August 24, 2015

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

                                                            Tom Kurtz

                                                           

BOARD MEMBER EXCUSED ABSENCE:          Tammy Gentzel

 

STAFF PRESENT:                             Louwana Oliva, General Manager

                                                            Eric Bernier, Director of Information Services

                                                            Ryan Harshbarger, Director of Operations

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

                                                            Chris Jordan, Operations Manager

                                                            Ken Morder, Safety and Training Manager

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                         Greg Kausch, CCRPA Senior Transportation Planner;

Members of the public: Pamela Monk; Clark Meachem; Annie Harris; Eric Farmer; Jeni Kocher Zerphy; Brian Walker; Brenton Joo Mitchell; and DJ Seballos;

Retiring CATA bus operator and wife: Mr. and Mrs. Steve Randall            

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:01 p.m.

 

II.        PUBLIC COMMENT

Ms. Annie Harris shared personal concerns. Clark Meachem stated that he was disturbed that Ms. Harris had received a letter of warning; Brent Joo and Pamela Monk both expressed their hope that Ms. Harris’ concerns were being heard.  

 

III.       OLD BUSINESS

 

A.        Approval of Minutes of July 27, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the July 27, 2015 regular board meeting minutes as edited. Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

B.        Receipt of July 2015 Finance Report

Kimberly Fragola referenced the finance report. Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the July 2015 Finance Report.  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.        Receipt of July 2015 Performance Reports

Ryan Harshbarger referenced his cover memo and Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the July 2015 Performance Reports.  Joe Davidson moved and Tom Kurtz seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.        Facility Expansion Update

                          Louwana Oliva referenced her memo and the attachment that provided information on project change orders and payment applications. 

 

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

 

VI.       NEW BUSINESS

 

A.        Resolution of Appreciation – Retiring Operator, Steve Randall

            Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt a Resolution of Appreciation in recognition of retiring bus operator, Steve Randall.  Tom Kurtz moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously. The resolution was presented to Steve Randall.

 

B.        DOT Grants Combo Resolution

            Kimberly Fragola presented a DOT Grants resolution required to address the title changes from Director of Administration to Director of Finance and Accounts Payable Processor to Accounting Clerk.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the DOT Grants Combo Resolution. Tom Kurtz moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.        Penn State Contract

            Louwana Oliva referenced her memo, which provides details regarding the next three-year contract for service with Penn State for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018 and a draft contract.

           

            Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the contract to provide LOOP/LINK services to The Pennsylvania State University for the three-year period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018, pending any substantial changes that come about through the legal review, and authorize the general manager on behalf of the authority to forward the contract to the university for signing. Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

                         

VII.     OTHER BUSINESS

           

A.        General Manager’s Report

            Louwana Oliva reported that:

o   Becky Kellogg, CATA’s accounting clerk has resigned effective Friday, September 4, 2015

o   The third shift maintenance supervisor position is still open

o   An offer has been made and accepted for the vacant ADA/Paratransit Manager position

o   Resumes for the vacant Director of Human Resources position are being reviewed and phone interviews conducted

o   Twelve bus operators have been hired this summer

o   The FTA will be conducting a Drug and Alcohol Compliance audit on Oct 5 and 6

            Chris Jordan reported on the start of full service.

 

B.        Information Services Report

Eric Bernier referenced the written report he had provided.

 

C.        Chairman’s Report

            Tom Kurtz provided recognition of Chairman Spychalski’s selection as the APTA Board Member of the Year for 2015.

 

VIII.    ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:10 p.m.

 

 

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Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date