CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

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February 22, 2016

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

                                                            Wendy Pardee

                                                           

 

EXCUSED 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

                                                            Jackie Sheader, Public Relations Manager

                                               

OTHERS PRESENT:                         Greg Kausch, CCRPA Senior Transportation Planner

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.

 

II.        PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

III.       OLD BUSINESS

 

A.        Approval of Minutes of January 25, 2016 Board Work Session

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the January 25, 2016 board work session minutes. Wendy Pardee moved and Joe Davidson seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

 

B.        Approval of Minutes of January 25, 2016 Regular Board Meeting

            Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the January 25, 2016 regular board meeting minutes. Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.        Approval of Minutes of February 3, 2016 Board Work Session

            Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the February 3, 2016 board work session minutes.  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.        Receipt of January 2016 Finance Report

Kimberly Fragola referenced the finance report and noted that the staff is in the midst of conducting a mid-year review of their department budgets, the results of which will be reflected in the February finance report and that currently we are 9.5% under budget.

 

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

 

E.        Receipt of January 2016 Performance Reports

Ryan Harshbarger referenced his cover memo and reported that CATABUS ridership is down 12% with one less reduced service weekday than January 2015; schedule adherence continues to trend better than last fiscal year, with 5% early departures; CATACOMMUTE vanpool groups have increased to 42 with the addition of a group from Huntingdon; CATARIDE total completed trips are tracking lower than FY 2014/15 by 15.4%.

 

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

 

F.        Facility Expansion Update

                          Louwana Oliva referenced her memo; discussion occurred on the addition of fire suppression material where there are drop ceilings.

 

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

 

G.        Additional Resolution – PennDOT Engineering and Construction Management System

Kimberly Fragola reported that following the board’s November adoption of a resolution for registering as a business partner in PennDOT’s Engineering and Construction Management System (ECMS), the next step in the $50,000 Transportation Alternatives Program grant process for the installation of solar lighting at transit stops on West Aaron Drive and Martin Street is to execute a reimbursement agreement with PennDOT to cover project expenses.  PennDOT requires the adoption of a resolution designating authority for the general manager to sign the agreement, with the director of finance to attest.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the resolution designating signatory authority for the ECMS reimbursement agreement. Richard Kipp made a motion and Wendy Pardee seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

H.        Draft Policy Level Goals  

           Louwana Oliva referenced the draft policy level goals included in the board packet and which had been provided to the board in advance for comment; Chairman Spychalski led discussion resulting in consensus to change the word “out” to “future” in the third line of the first paragraph.

 

           Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the policy level goals with one agreed upon edit for inclusion in the FY 2016/17 budget.  Joe Davidson moved and Wendy Pardee seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

             

 

IV.       OTHER BUSINESS

           

A.        General Manager’s Report

            Louwana Oliva referenced her written report; shared a copy of a complaint she received and her response.

 

B.        Information Services Report

            Eric Bernier referenced his written report and provided additional information on the revisions Penn State has made to their Ride-For-Five pass program.

 

C.        Chairman’s Report

            Chairman Spychalski commended board member Kipp for his efforts to engage members of the Harris Township board of supervisors in joining him for a ride on the B Route.        

 

V.        ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 4:47 p.m.

 

 

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Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date