CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

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December 19, 2016

4:00 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING

Room 241, 243 S. Allen Street

State College, PA 16801

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:      John Spychalski, Chairman

                                                            Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman

                                                            Richard Kipp

                                                            Mark Parfitt

 

APPROVED ABSENCE:                  Tammy Gentzel

 

STAFF PRESENT:                             Louwana Oliva, General Manager

                                                            Eric Bernier, Director of Information Services

                                                            Ryan Harshbarger, Director of Operations

                                                            Kimberly Fragola, Director of Finance

                                                            Liz Pierce, Director of Human Resources & Compliance

                                                            Cindy Zerbe, ADA/Paratransit Manager

Marsha Kyper, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

                                               

OTHERS PRESENT:                         Greg Kausch, CCRPA Senior Transportation Planner

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

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

 

II.        PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

III.       OLD BUSINESS

 

A.      Approval of Minutes of November 28, 2016 Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the November 28, 2016 regular board meeting.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

B.      Finance Reports

Chairman Spychalski noted that due to the software conversion to Fleet-Net, and its impact on the finance reports, presentation of the November finance reports must be postponed until the January meeting.

 

C.     Receipt of November 2016 Performance Reports

Ryan Harshbarger commented on the November 2016 CATABUS, CATARIDE, and CATACOMMUTE performance reports.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the November performance reports. Mark Parfitt moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

D.     Facility Expansion Update

Louwana Oliva commented that in addition to the information included in a written report she had provided to the board prior to the meeting, Trillium is on-site to begin pipe installation for the municipal CNG pump, and that test bores for micro-pylons in building three are being conducted, to determine if they can be used instead of larger, deeper caissons.  This item is for information and discussion only; no board action is requested at this time. 

 

E.      Public Hearing Policy 

Eric Bernier referenced an agenda memo blurb and memo regarding the public hearing policy, which the board had approved at the July 25, 2016 regular meeting.  The consensus was for the board to provide comments on the staff’s recommendations for changes to the policy to Marsha by Friday, January 13, 2017, in order for a revised policy to be presented for consideration at the January 23, 2017 meeting.  This item was for information and discussion only; no formal board action was requested.

             

F.      Policy Review and Adoption – Driver’s License and Vehicle Use    

Louwana Oliva reported that action on the driver’s license and vehicle use policy had been postponed from the November 2016 meeting, to the December meeting, in order to provide staff an opportunity to discuss with the SAFTI solicitor a detail regarding personal insurance coverage.  The policy, with the recommended revision, was presented for board consideration.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the driver’s license and vehicle use policy with the recommended revision.  Joe Davidson moved and Mark Parfitt seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.  

 

G.     Travel Training Program – Draft Final Report and Project Status

Greg Kausch reported on the Travel Training Program which is supported with FY 2014-16 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for the Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) supplemental federal transit planning funds. A draft final project report was provided for board review with comments and questions due to Marsha Kyper by Friday, January 13, 2017.

 

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

 

IV.       NEW BUSINESS

 

A.           Resolution of Appreciation – Tammy Gentzel

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve a resolution of appreciation for Tammy Gentzel, in recognition of her five years of service as the State College Borough representative to the CATA board of directors.  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

B.           Reorganizational & Public Input Meeting Date

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to set Monday, January 23, 2017, at 4 p.m., as the date for its reorganizational meeting to be followed by a public engagement session at 5 p.m. in borough council chambers of the State College borough building.  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.           Policy Review and Adoption – ADA

ADA/Paratransit manager, Cindy Zerbe, reported on the update and consolidation of various ADA related policies into one policy.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the ADA policy as revised, with one editorial change.  Mark Parfitt moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

V.        OTHER BUSINESS

 

A.           General Manager’s Report

Louwana Oliva reported that:

 

·         United Disability Services plans to discontinue the purchase of tokens for six clients due to CATA’s inability to sign the organization’s agreement which contains language that is not relevant to the authority and the service it provides.  

·         Ryan Harshbarger will be in charge during her absence from December 25 through January 30, 2017. 

 

B.      Information Services Report 

Chairman Spychalski referenced a written report, which had been provided. 

 

C.     Chairman’s Report

Chairman Spychalski reported on efforts to identify names of potential applicants for appointment by the borough of State College to fill the seat on the CATA board vacated by Tammy Gentzel at the end of her five-year term on December 31, 2016.   

 

VI.       ADJOURNMENT

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

           

 

______________________________            ______________________________

Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date