CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

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February 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

                                                            Tammy Gentzel                                  

 

STAFF PRESENT:                             Louwana Oliva, General Manager

                                                            Eric Bernier, Director of Information Services

                                                            Ryan Harshbarger, Director of Operations

                                                            Kimberly Fragola, Director of Finance

                                                            Sylvia Rosa-Ortiz, Director of Human Resources/Compliance

                                                            Joe Soloski, Financial Analyst

                                                            Greg Kausch, Senior Transportation Planner

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

 

I.                   CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:23p.m., following the conclusion of the public hearing, which was held prior to the regular meeting.

 

II.                PUBLIC COMMENT

Joseph Januszkiewicz, of State College, complimented CATA on the R Route service.  

 

III.             OLD BUSINESS

 

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

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the January 27, 2015 regular board meeting.  Tammy Gentzel moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

B.        Approval of Minutes of February 10, 2015 Special Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the February 10, 2015 board work session. Tammy Gentzel moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.        Receipt of the January 2015 Finance Reports

Kimberly Fragola reported that:

·         The accounts payable line of the cash position report reflects payment for ten buses

·         New wage and benefit categories have been added for new employee classifications

·         The CNG tax credit estimated in January at $413,400 came in at just under $370,000

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the January 2015 finance report. Tom Kurtz moved and Tammy Gentzel seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.        Receipt of January Performance Reports 

Ryan Harshbarger referenced his memo and reports and stated that:

·         CATABUS ridership is up 3% over last January

·         Commuter ridership is recovering from the low summer ridership, and is now only .2% lower than last fiscal year

·         Community and student routes are both up for the month and year, over last fiscal year

·         The number of complimentary and senior passes were inflated due to operator use of the incorrect fare box key; the issue is being addressed

·         CATACOMMUTE emergency rides home are down compared to last year

 

Chairman Spychalski commented on the effect of the many summer 2014 road construction projects, and commended the staff for their performance under the circumstances.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the January performance reports.  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

E.        CATA Strategic Plan Update – Chapter 7 – Projections

Greg Kausch referenced the draft of Chapter 7 – Projections, of the CATA Strategic Plan Update, and provided an overall project status update.  Greg asked board members to provide comments and questions about Chapter 7 to board liaison, Marsha Kyper by Friday, March 6; those comments will be reflected in the final document. 

 

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

 

IV.       OTHER BUSINESS

 

A.                 General Manager’s Report

Louwana Oliva had nothing new to report at this time.

 

B.        Information Services Report 

Eric Bernier referenced his written report.

 

V.        ADJOURNMENT

                Chairman Spychalski declared the meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

 

______________________________            ______________________________

Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date