CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

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February 27, 2017

4:00 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING

Borough Council Chamber

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:                        

           

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.

 

II.        PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

III.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

Chairman Spychalski announced that an executive session had been held prior to the meeting to discuss contractual matters.

 

IV.       OLD BUSINESS

 

A.        Approval of Minutes of January 23, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the January 23, 2017 regular board meeting. Richard Kipp moved and Mark Parfitt seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

                                               

B.        Approval of Minutes of February 15, 2017 Work Session  

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the February 15, 2017 work session.  Joe Davidson moved and Kelly Felix seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

  

C.         Receipt of January 2017 Finance Reports

Kimberly Fragola reminded the board that due to the Fleet-Net software conversion the end of year projections were not available, and commented that at over 58% through the year, the budget is at 53%.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the January 2017 finance reports. Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.        Receipt of January 2017 Performance Reports

Ryan Harshbarger commented that ridership was up 9.3% this January compared to January, 2016 with fiscal year to date ridership trending 0.9% higher than last year; much of the increase can be attributed to operating two additional full service weekdays compared to 2016; commuter ridership continued to perform at levels below 2015-16 with the exception of the B and XG routes.  Ryan went on to report that for CATARIDE, the most significant increase was in the 650 more ADA trips provided in 2016-17 compared to 2015-16, and that CATACOMMUTE continued to have 36 vanpool groups.

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the January 2017 performance reports.   

            Mark Parfitt moved and Kelly Felix seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

E.        Facility Expansion Update

Louwana Oliva had nothing to add to the report she had provided by email in advance of the meeting.

 

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

 

V.        NEW BUSINESS

 

A.                 Purchase Approval – Vehicle Cameras

Ryan Harshbarger reported that CATA received approval from PennDOT for a capital grant in the amount of $80,000 for additional video surveillance camera systems for vehicles.  The staff recommendation was to approve the purchase of 26, 4-camera video surveillance systems at a cost of $95,266 for installation on the remainder of CATA’s bus fleet. CATA will make up the funding gap from capital reserves.  Ryan went on to report that installation would be performed by CATA staff with oversight provided by TSI, the company that designed, provided and continues to deliver technical support of the on-board surveillance systems on the new New Flyer fleet and that as these buses are retired, this equipment can be recovered and placed on other vehicles.  

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the purchase of 26, 4-camera systems at a cost of $95,266 from TSI Transit Solutions, Zelionople, PA., through the state’s COSTARS, cooperative purchase contract.  Joe Davidson moved and Mark Parfitt seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

           

B.                 Resolution - PennDOT Transit Agency Agreement

Louwana Oliva reported on an updated version of the PennDOT Transit Agency Agreement that outlines the relationship between PennDOT and CATA, as well as the fees that CATA will pay for new natural gas compression and fueling equipment, and maintenance of this equipment, through the state-wide, 20-year P3 CNG program.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the resolution authorizing the board chairman to sign the PennDOT Transit Agency Agreement for the P3 CNG program on CATA’s behalf.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

VI.       OTHER BUSINESS

 

A.      General Manager’s Report

                        Louwana Oliva reported that:

·         A public input meeting for CATARIDE will be held at 5 p.m. following today’s meeting

·         Staff will be attending the COG General Forum meeting tonight, to answer questions regarding the CATA formula for local shares.

 

B.        Information Services Report 

Chairman Spychalski referenced a written report, which had been provided.

 

C.                 Chairman’s Report

No report was made.

 

VII.     ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 4:30 p.m.

 

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Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date