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January 22, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Board Meeting Room

2081 W. Whitehall Road

State College, PA 16801


BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:     John Spychalski, Chairman

                                                            Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman

                                                            Richard Kipp, Treasurer

                                                            Tom Kurtz (by telephone)

                                                            Tammy Gentzel                                              


STAFF PRESENT:                             Hugh Mose, General Manager

                                                            Louwana Oliva, Assistant General Manager

                                                            Kimberly Fragola, Director of Administration

                                                            Ryan Harshbarger, Transportation Analyst

                                                            Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager

                                                            Greg Kausch, Senior Transportation Planner

                                                            Joe Soloski, Financial Analyst

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager


       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.            Discussion Items

A.     Proposed Staffing Plan

Louwana Oliva referenced her cover memo and supporting documents, including an organizational chart and cost estimates spread sheet, regarding her revised staff re-organizational plan proposal, which had first been presented at the November 19, 2013 Special Board meeting. Hugh commented that the plan included the same number of staff members and similar salaries as in the current structure.


Following discussion, Chairman Spychalski requested that the item be added to the January Regular Board Meeting agenda for formal approval of the proposed staff re-organizational plan as presented, and the steps necessary for implementation with the newly created Director of Transportation position to be filled immediately, and the remainder of the changes taking effect on July 1, 2014.  




B.     Mid-year Budget Projects – FY 2013/14

Kimberly Fragola referenced her document which provided year end budget projections for FY 2013/14, and stated that it is expected that revenue will be greater and expenses less than what had been budgeted.  It was clarified that the increase in non-transportation revenue was a result of a property and liability insurance refund. 


C.     Service Planning Policy Update

Eric Bernier referenced his Service Planning Policy and Service Planning Concepts for FY 2014/15 memos.  Eric stated that following the implementation of major service changes in January of 2014, for which service hours fell well below what the Board had authorized at the November 19, 2013 Special Board meeting, the focus will be on adjustments to existing service for fall 2014.


Louwana Oliva stated that currently only one individual from the Stormstown area has been regularly utilizing CATARIDE, and would be affected if the Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors voted to discontinue financial support of CATABUS service, which will also result in the discontinuation of CATARIDE.  Hugh Mose reported that it is possible this individual would qualify for the Centre County Office of Transportation Persons with Disabilities (PWD) transportation program.


The Board concurred with the staff recommendation to continue the current service planning policy and implementation of the service planning concepts presented for FY 2014/15.  Chairman Spychalski expressed appreciation on behalf of the Board for the staff’s work on the major service changes which had been implemented with the start of Full Service in January 2014.


D.    Farebox Related Discussions

1.   Fares

      Hugh Mose referenced his memo which provided background information in support of a $0.25 increase in the CATA cash fare from $1.50 to $1.75.  Following discussion      the Board consensus was to include a $0.25 increase in the cash fare to the FY 2014/15 Budget.  It has been noted that a Public Hearing will need to be scheduled regarding the proposed increase.


      Hugh Mose referenced his memo which provided background information regarding CATARIDE fares.  Following discussion the Board consensus was to leave CATARIDE fares unchanged at $3.00 for both seniors and persons with disabilities for FY 2014/15.


A meal break was taken from 5:45 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.


2.   Penn State Considerations

      Hugh Mose referenced his memo which provided information on issues related to Penn State that will impact CATA’s FY 2014/15 Budget.  Following discussion the Board concurred with the staff recommendation to leave Ride for Five rates at $42.00   per month and with asking for a 5% increase in the hourly rate that the University pays for LOOP/LINK service for FY 2014/15. 



3.  Apartment Pass Program

      Eric Bernier referenced his memo regarding the Apartment Pass Program and a spreadsheet providing historical data on ridership and average revenue per rider.  Eric reported that as of 2015 all the apartment complexes would be paying the same per ride rate, and the current contract renewal schedule will allow for adjustments to the rates and/or program, should the Strategic Plan Update call for such a change.


E.     Local Shares Request for FY 2014/15

Kimberly Fragola referenced her cover memo and supporting documents related to the discussion of what the local share request should be for FY 2014/15. Kimberly stated that it is currently unknown whether Act 89 contains any change to the local share requirements.  The staff recommended that, based on current local share requirements, only a 3% increase in Operating local share be requested, in light of the need to also request an increase in the Capital contribution to $100,000.


Following discussion the Board consensus was to support the staff recommendation to request a 3% increase in local share to support the Operating Budget and an increase of $25,000 in local share for capital for FY 2014/15.



           There was no other business.



Chairman Spychalski declared the meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.



Hugh A. Mose, Secretary