CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
February 22, 2016
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
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.
Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 4:47 p.m.
Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary Date