CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY  

REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

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March 27, 2017

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

                                                            Kelly Felix

 

STAFF PRESENT:                               Louwana Oliva, General Manager

                                                            Eric Bernier, Director of Information Services

                                                            Ryan Harshbarger, Director of Transportation

                                                            Kimberly Fragola, Director of Finance

                                                            Liz Pierce, Director of Human Resources & Compliance

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                            Tammy Gentzel, former CATA board member

                                               

I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m.

 

II.        PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

III.       OLD BUSINESS

 

A.         Approval of Minutes of February 27, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the February 27, 2017 regular board meeting minutes. Joe Davidson moved and Kelly Felix seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

B.        Approval of Minutes of March 2, 2017 Board Work Session

            Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the March 2, 2017 board work session minutes.  Mark Parfitt moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.         Receipt of February 2017 Finance Reports

Kimberly Fragola referenced the finance reports and commented that:

·         The budget is running about 5.5% under for expenditures

·         Revenues are on target

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the February 2017 finance reports. Joe Davidson moved and Kelly Felix seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.         Receipt of February 2017 Performance Reports

Ryan Harshbarger referenced his cover memo and reported that CATABUS ridership is down 7.5% over February 2016 with one more day of full service last year; decreases continue in cash, OnePass and token ridership with the three combining for about 75,000 fewer riders so far this fiscal year compared to last; this is being offset by an additional 50,000 apartment pass riders for the fiscal year-to-date. CATARIDE completed trips and total riders continued to trend higher than last year at this same time; CATACOMMUTE vanpool groups continue to hold at 36, which is six fewer than last February.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the February 2017 performance reports. Richard Kipp moved and Mark Parfitt seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

E.         Facility Expansion Update

                          Louwana Oliva reported that:

·         The current lease at Penn Terra runs out July 31; the contractor has projected a June move-in to the administration portion of building B

·         The same issues with concrete drying that occurred in building A are now occurring in building B; the contractor is looking at treating the floor so that flooring can be installed

·         The punch list for building A is almost complete

·         Trillium is working on-site

·         The elevator could be installed this week

·         Staff is working with the construction manager, to avoid recurrence of issues with building B that had delayed moving into building A; the contractor is looking at alternatives to avoid a repeat of caisson issues in building C

·         CATA will be responsible to sell any CNG equipment that has not met its useful life; the balance will be paid back to the FTA

·         Staff is checking options for off-site bus parking during reduced service to facilitate   work on building C

 

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

 

F.         Policy Revision – Public Hearing Policy

Chairman Spychalski asked if there were any edits to the revised public hearing policy as presented.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the revised public hearing policy.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

 

IV.       NEW BUSINESS

 

A.                  Resolution – to File PennDOT consolidated Capital Application (CCA) and Certify Local Match – FY 2017/18

 

Chairman Spychalski referenced the copy of the PennDOT Resolution to be submitted as part of the grant application for FY 2017/18 state capital funds which had been included in the agenda packet.  The following is the list of projects identified for this year’s application:

           

             

            Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the resolution to file the PennDOT consolidated Capital Application (CCA) and Certify Local Match.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

V.        OTHER BUSINESS

           

A.         General Manager’s Report

            Louwana Oliva shared information from an APTA Small Operations Committee conference call and mentioned that CATA is under consideration for co-hosting, with Penn State, a future APTA Public Transportation & Universities Conference.

 

B.         Information Services Report

Chairman Spychalski referenced the written report which had been provided. 

 

C.         Chairman’s Report

Chairman Spychalski commented on his experience riding the demonstration electric bus.

           

D.        Presentation

Chairman Spychalski presented a resolution of appreciation from the board, which had been approved at the December 2016 regular board meeting, to former board member Tammy Gentzel, whose term expired at the end of 2016.

 

VI.       ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 4:50 p.m.

 

VII.      EXECUTIVE SESSION

            The board reconvened in executive session to discuss personnel and contractual matters.

 

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Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                             Date