CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

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 April 25, 2016

4:00 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING

Borough Council Chambers

State College, PA 16801

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:     John Spychalski, Chairman

                                                            Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman

                                                            Richard Kipp, Treasurer

                                                            Tammy Gentzel

                                                            Wendy Pardee

 

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

                                                            Ben Shaw, Operations Supervisor

                                                            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 4:03 p.m.

 

II.        ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

            Chairman Spychalski announced that an executive session had been held on April 15, 2016 to discuss personnel matters.

 

III.       PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

IV.       INTRODUCTION

Ben Shaw, who had recently been promoted from bus operator to operations supervisor, was introduced to the board.

  

V.        OLD BUSINESS

 

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

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the March 28, 2016 regular board meeting minutes. Joe Davidson moved and Wendy Pardee seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

B.        Receipt of March 2016 Finance Reports

Kimberly Fragola referenced the March finance reports, noting that passenger revenue is coming in higher than expected; it was noted that the (0.75) figure in the 2016 column of the short-term debt and accrued interest line on the Balance Sheet was an error that she will check into, and then provide updated information to the board.  

 

Following discussion Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the March 2016 finance reports. Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.        Receipt of March 2016 Performance Reports

Ryan Harshbarger referenced his cover memo and reported that CATABUS ridership is down 8.1% over March 2015; community ridership is flat for the fiscal year with heavy decreases continuing on campus service. CATACOMMUTE vanpool groups held at 42 in the month of March, however, another van has been turned in this month which will bring the total groups down to 41.  CATARIDE ridership continues to trend behind FY 2015/16.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the March 2016 performance reports.  Wendy Pardee moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.        Facility Expansion Update

                          Louwana Oliva referenced the agenda memo, and provided additional information on a planned power outage related to the construction project.

 

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

 

VI.       NEW BUSINESS

 

A.        Service Planning / Pubic Hearing Wrap-up

            Eric Bernier referenced page three of the draft FY 2016/17 budget for the minor service changes planned for this fall and pointed out that some minor additions or changes to those concepts could occur once the operations committee begins to work on the details; Eric further commented that based on a meeting with Penn State staff earlier in the day there will likely be no changes to campus service.  Eric then referenced the memo summarizing comments provided by members of the public in attendance at the February Public Hearing, and staff follow-up in response to those comments.

 

            Formal approval of service changes occurs through the budget approval process. This item was for information and discussion only; no formal action was requested at this time. 

 

B.        Resolution – Certifying Local Match

            Kimberly Fragola referenced the required resolution to certify the local match for CATA’s FY 2016/17 state operating assistance grant; as instructed by PennDOT, the amount shown is the minimum required to match CATA’s state grant, not the total shown in the CATA budget.

 

            Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the resolution to certify the local match for CATA’s FY 2016/17 state operating grant. Tammy Gentzel moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

             

 

VII.     OTHER BUSINESS

           

A.        General Manager’s Report

            Louwana Oliva referenced the recent email updates she had previously provided the board.

 

B.        Information Services Report

Chairman Spychalski referenced the written report which had been provided.

 

C.        Chairman’s Report

            Chairman Spychalski reported that he would be attending the APTA Board Member seminar in San Antonio, Texas on May 1-3, 2016.

 

VIII.    ADJOURNMENT

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

 

IX.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

            The board reconvened in executive session to discuss contractual matters.

 

 

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Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date