CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY  

REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

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August 28, 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

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ryan Harshbarger, Director of Transportation

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kimberly Fragola, Director of Finance

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Liz Pierce, Director of Human Resources ††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Cindy Zerbe, ADA / Paratransit Manager

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Marsha Kyper, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

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OTHERS PRESENT:†††††††††††††††††††††††† Greg Kausch, CCRPA Senior Transportation Planner

Elizabeth Bechtel, Boalsburg resident

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I.††††††††† CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

 

II.††††††† PUBLIC COMMENT

Elizabeth Bechtel, a Boalsburg resident, expressed her displeasure with the way in which the fare increase is being collected (a token plus $0.25), and the planned discontinuation of tokens.

 

III. †††† OLD BUSINESS

 

A.††††† Approval of Minutes of July 31, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the July 31, 2017 regular board meeting minutes. Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.The motion carried unanimously.

 

B.††††††† Receipt of July 2017 Finance Reports

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

 

C.†††† †† Receipt of July Performance Reports

Ryan Harshbarger referenced his cover memo and reported that CATABUS July ridership was down 7.7% compared to last year; ridership is down 2.8% on community service and 17.6% on campus service. CATACOMMUTE vanpool groups have dropped to 34; CATARIDE trips are down 2%, but the total number of riders is up compared to July of 2016.

 

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

 

D.††††† Facility Expansion Update

††††††††††††††††††††††††† Louwana Oliva referenced her memo outlining PennDOTís recommendations regarding additional funds to complete the facility expansion project.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve a budget adjustment to move $2,775,244

††††††††††††††††††††††††† from federal subsidy to state subsidy in FY 2017/18, to be held in reserve until a decision is made by PennDOT on the source of additional funds to complete CATAís facility expansion project. Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.The motion carried unanimously.

 

IV.†††††† NEW BUSINESS

 

A.     †† Resolution of Congratulations Ė Percy Hagenbuch

††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the resolution of congratulations for bus operator Percy Hagenbuch who placed second in this yearís PPTA state Roadeo, which qualifies him to compete again at the International Bus Roadeo in May of 2018. Richard Kipp moved and Kelly Felix seconded.The motion carried unanimously. †††††††††

 

B.††††††† Resolutions of Appreciation -Steve Cohen and Steve Moore

††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the resolution of appreciation for bus operator Steve Cohen, for his 40 years of employment at CATA.Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.The motion carried unanimously.Steve Cohen was present to receive his resolution.

 

††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the resolution of appreciation for mechanic Steve Moore, for his 40 years of employment at CATA.Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.††††††† Shared-Ride Review

††††††††††† Cindy Zerbe reported that PennDOT had performed a review of the CATARIDE shared-ride program in February of 2017, and that the draft report stated that all trips invoiced to PennDOT for reimbursement during FY 2015-16 were determined to be eligible; the final report is expected shortly.

 

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

 

D.††††††† Triennial Review

††††††††††† Louwana Oliva reported that the 2017 FTA Triennial Review final report included 17 findings in nine of the 17 areas reviewed, most of which were minor.She further reported that the triennial review team plans to use CATAís processes in two areas as best practice for other transit systems.This item was for information and discussion only; no board action was requested.

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V.††††††† OTHER BUSINESS

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A.††††††† General Managerís Report

††††††††††† Louwana Oliva had nothing additional to report.

 

B.††††††† Information Services Report

Chairman Spychalski referenced the written report which had been provided and a memo

providing an update on the mobile ticketing pilot program.

 

C.††††††† Chairmanís Report

††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski had nothing to report.

 

VI.†††††† ADJOURNMENT

††††††††††† Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:12 p.m.

 

 

 

______________________________††††††††††† ______________________________

Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date