CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

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March 30, 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

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                         Greg Kausch, CCRPA Senior Transportation Planner

CATA Human Resources Staff members: Dann Gerasenko, Ken Morder and Pegeen Sheakoski

           

I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:08 p.m.

 

II.        ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

Chairman Spychalski announced that an executive session had been held on March 30, 2015 at 3 p.m., prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting, to discuss issues related to contracts and personnel matters.

 

III.       PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

IV.       INTRODUCTION

CATA Human Resources staff members Dann Gerasenko, Ken Morder and Pegeen Sheakoski, were introduced to the board and each provided a brief overview of their current job responsibilities. 

   

V.        OLD BUSINESS

 

A.        Approval of Minutes of February 24, 2015 Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the February 24, 2015 public hearing and regular board meeting minutes.  Tammy Gentzel moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

B.        Approval of Minutes of March 12, 2015 Budget Work Session 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the March 12, 2015 budget work session. Tom Kurtz moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.        Receipt of February 2015 Finance Report

Kimberly Fragola referenced the finance report and commented that CATA is in a position to finish the year under budget.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the February 2015 finance report.  Richard Kipp moved and Tammy Gentzel seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.        Receipt of February 2015 Performance Reports

Ryan Harshbarger referenced his cover memo and report documents, which included new CATARIDE metrics that are now available through the new Ecolane software. Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the February 2015 performance reports. Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

E.        FY 2015/16 Draft Budget

Kimberly Fragola referenced the FY 2015/16 draft budget, which was preceded by a duplicate copy of the cover memo that had been distributed at the March 12, 2015 board budget work session.  Kimberly provided a sample of the abridged 27-page version of the FY 2015/16 draft budget support document, which will be provided to the COG Finance Committee, and noted that the full budget document will be available on the CATA website.

 

Louwana Oliva confirmed that used CATACOMMUTE vans will be sold on Public Surplus and not donated.  Consensus was that staff should make a judgment call, based on the discussion at the COG Finance Committee meeting on April 9, as to whether CATA board members should plan to attend their particular municipal meeting at which the CATA draft budget will be discussed.

                       

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the FY 2015/16 draft budget and authorize its distribution by staff.   Tom Kurtz moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

F.         Facility Expansion

Louwana Oliva stated that she had nothing new to report regarding the facility expansion project.   

 

G.        Strategic Plan Update – Chapter 5 – Key Stakeholder Involvement

Greg Kausch referenced the draft of Chapter 5 (Key Stakeholder Involvement) of the strategic plan update which was provided to the board.  Greg reported that the chapter is intended to examine what CATA does well, and what it needs to improve, from the perspective of a number of key public transportation constituencies.  


Greg went on to state that critical to this effort were meetings held with a mix of elected, appointed, employee, and board representatives from CATA, CRPA/CCMPO, Penn State University (including transportation officials, faculty, and staff), local school districts, municipal and county government, and the human service and business communities.  

 

Greg Kausch also reported that to further engage CATA leadership (senior staff and board members), a half-day visioning exercise had been conducted to discuss organizational strengths and weaknesses, as well as to answer a set of very broad, policy-level questions about the future of CATA’s operations.

 

Greg Kausch stated that board members will be asked to provide Chapter 5 review comments and questions to Marsha Kyper by Friday, April 10, so that these comments may be reflected in the final document. 

 

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

 

VI.       NEW BUSINESS

 

A.        Resolution to File PennDOT Consolidated Capital Application (CCA) and Certify

Local Match

 

Kimberly Fragola referenced the PennDOT resolution to be submitted as part of the grant application for FY 2015/16 state capital funds and stated that the projects identified for this year’s application include the following:

 

               

 

 

Kimberly Fragola went on to state that while federal, state and local funding is indicated in the chart above, the resolution is for only the state portion of funding.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the Resolution to File the PennDOT Consolidated Capital Application and Certify Local Match, and authorize its submission to PennDOT to complete the application for state capital funding.  Joe Davidson moved and Tammy Gentzel seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

VII.     OTHER BUSINESS

 

A.         General Manager’s Report

Louwana Oliva reported that she had nothing to add to the recent email update she had provided to the board.   

 

B.         Information Services Report 

 Eric Bernier referenced his written report which had been distributed at the meeting.   

 

VIII.    ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

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Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date