CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

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October 29, 2018

4:00 p.m.

2081 W. Whitehall Rd.

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

                                                            Kimberly Fragola, Assistant General Manager for Operations

                                                            Liz Pierce, Director of Human Resources & Compliance

                                                            Doug Keith, Director of Finance

                                                            Chris Jordan, Operations Manager

                                                            Jaime Richard, Procurement Specialist

                                                            Cindy Zerbe, ADA / Paratransit Manager

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                         Greg Kausch, Senior Transportation Planner, CCMPO

                                                            Bill Baer, CATA bus operator                       

                                               

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.       OLD BUSINESS

 

A.        Approval of Minutes of October 1, 2018 Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the October 1, 2018 regular board meeting minutes. Joe Davidson moved, and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

                                                          

B.        Receipt of September 2018 Finance Reports

            Doug Keith provided an overview of a new format for the consolidated memo and spread sheets; the board will be asked to provide feedback on the proposed format changes at the November regular meeting.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the September 2018 finance reports, in the original format.   Joe Davidson moved, and Kelly Felix seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.        Receipt of October 2018 Performance Reports

Chris Jordan reviewed the new CATABUS performance report format.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the October 2018 performance reports.   Mark Parfitt moved, and Kelly Felix seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.        CATARIDE Contractor Performance Metrics

Cindy Zerbe provided an overview of the CATARIDE contractor performance metrics report for the previous quarter. This item was for information and discussion only; no action was requested.

 

E.        Facility Expansion Update

Louwana Oliva provided a written report prior to the meeting. This item was for information and discussion only; no formal action was requested.

 

            F.        Transit Asset Management Plan (TAM)

Kimberly Fragola presented the Transit Asset Management Plan (TAM) for board approval.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the TAM plan and authorize its distribution as noted.  Mark Parfitt moved, and Kelly Felix seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

IV.       NEW BUSINESS

 

A.                 Resolution of Appreciation – Bill Baer  

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt a resolution of appreciation for Bill Baer’s 40 years of employment as a CATA bus operator.  Joe Davidson moved, and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Chairman Spychalski presented the resolution to Bill Baer.

 

B.                 Resolution of Appreciation – Freeman Crater  

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt a resolution of appreciation in recognition of bus operator Freeman Crater’s retirement after 32 years with CATA.  Richard Kipp moved, and Mark Parfitt seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

C.                 Contract – Legal Services

Jaime Richard reviewed the process involved in the solicitation for legal services.  Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to authorize the general manager to enter a contract with the firm of McNees, Wallace and Nurick, to provide legal services for the period beginning November 1, 2018 through October 21, 2023 for an amount not to exceed $175,000 in year one and an amount set by the budget process in the contract years to follow.  Kelly Felix moved, and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.                Contract Amendment – RKL Audit Services

Louwana Oliva and Kimberly Fragola reported on a request from CATA’s auditors, RKL, for payment for additional work performed on asset management beyond the scope of the contract for 2017/18 audit services.  Concerns expressed by board members included not having validation of the hours of work performed, the increase being close to 50% of the original contract amount, and work having been done without prior notification of CATA staff, which is stipulated in the contract. Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve a contract amendment for RKL’s FY 2017/18 audit services for an additional $11,466.25.  Chairman Spychalski and Richard Kipp voted in favor of the motion; Joe Davidson, Mark Parfitt and Kelly Felix voted against the motion.  The motion failed. 

 

E.                 Report on Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal 

Jaime Richard reported on CATA’s DBE goal, which staff projects will be met during the next reporting period with the completion of the construction project.  This item was for information and discussion only; no action was requested.

 

F.                 Healthcare Coverage Changes

Liz Pierce reported on changes to CATA’s healthcare coverage and provided a summary of benefits document. This item was for information and discussion only; no action was requested.

 

G.                CATABUS Public Input Meeting

Chairman Spychalski referenced a report on the October 16, 2018 CATABUS public input meeting.  This item was for information and discussion only; no action was requested.

 

Kelly Felix left the meeting at this point (5:43 p.m.)

 

H.                Economic Impact Study

Greg Kausch provided information on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

web-based economic impact tool to assist member agencies in conducting their own study and reported that a draft of CATA’s study should be completed in early 2019.

 

V.        OTHER BUSINESS

           

A.        General Manager’s Report

            A written report had been provided prior to the meeting.

 

B.        Information Services Report

Chairman Spychalski referenced a written report which had been provided.  

 

C.        Chairman’s Report

            There was no report from the chairman. 

 

VI.       ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:51 p.m.

 

 

 

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Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date