CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
March 22, 2010
STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING
Room 241, S. Allen Street State College, PA
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: John Spychalski, Chairman
Joseph L. Davidson, Vice Chairman
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Richard Kipp
STAFF PRESENT: Hugh Mose, General Manager
Judi Minor, Director of Administration
Mark Kutzer, Director of Maintenance
Jackie Sheader, Marketing Manager
Julie Hartley, Human Resource Manager
Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:13 p.m.
II. PUBLIC COMMENTS
There were no public comments.
III. OLD BUSINESS
A. Approval of Minutes of February 22, 2010 Public Hearing and Board Meeting
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the February Board Meeting Minutes as
presented. Joe Davidson moved and Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
B. February 2010 Finance Reports
Judi Minor presented the Finance Reports and stated that the Farebox year-to-date line
is high because it includes the $50,000 reimbursement received from SAFTI.
Chairman Spychalski inquired about where the Line of Credit is reflected on the Balance Sheet.
Judi replied that she would check and get back to the Board with that information. Joe
Davidson inquired about the Uniform Expense line being so high. Hugh Mose responded that
that was due to more Drivers being hired than had been anticipated. Judi Minor reported that
Revenue Vehicle Fuel has been purchased through October of 2010, and that more CNG is being
used than anticipated, due to service being added to handle increased ridership. Mark Kutzer
reported that the Paratransit Maintenance line is high due to serious wiring issues with the
Hugh Mose reported that the R (Waupelani) Route experienced a 23% increase in ridership in
February, noted that ridership on CATARIDE was down slightly and concurred with Chairman
Spychalski in his recognition of the extreme drop in ridership on the A (Park Forest) Route. Hugh
further reported that CATACOMMUTE out-of-pocket expenses showed a negative $482 due to
major maintenance work performed on vans # 4252 and 5000, and that he would check with
Terri Quici about the high number of Guaranteed Rides Home (13) in February.
C. Policy Adoption
Julie Hartley stated that the following sections of the Policy Manual which were reviewed at the
February 22 Board meeting were being recommended for adoption: Scope of Coverage, ADA
Reasonable Accommodation Policy, Bulletin Board Posting Policy, Cell Phone Policy, Code of
Conduct Regarding Fraud and Ethical Conduct (with the policy adoption date retained and a
reaffirmation date added), Criminal History Records Investigations Policy, Driver’s License
Policy, Drug-Free Workplace Policy, Employee Assistance Program, Equal Employment Practices
Policy, Equal Employment and Title VI Non-Discrimination Complaint Process, Fair Labor
Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Military Leave Policy, Military Reserves or National
Guard Leave Policy, Clothing Policy and Community Outreach/Internal Fundraising Policy.
Julie Hartley further reported that the language Judi Minor had requested be reconsidered in the
Criminal History Records Investigation Policy “who have not been subject to a check in the two
years prior to promotion and/or transfer” had been approved for deletion last year and that the
document text would be corrected accordingly. Julie further stated that at the Board’s
suggestion, the CATA Clothing Policy was renamed the CATA Apparel Policy and language had
been added to describe where it would be appropriate for staff to wear CATA logo apparel.
Joe Davidson requested that the name of the Cell Phone Policy be expanded to include other
electronic devices. Chairman Spychalski requested that a comma be added after the word
“however,” in the second line of the Cell Phone Policy.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the policies as presented with the editorial
changes noted. Gary Powers moved and Joe Davidson seconded. With no further discussion
the motion carried unanimously.
Julie Hartley presented the following policies for review and comment: Modified/Alternative
Duty/Return to Work Policy, Political Activity Policy, Procurement Procedures, Sexual Abuse
Prevention Policy, Sexual Harassment Policy, Smoke-Free Workplace Policy, Transit Pass
Program Travel Policies, Tuition Assistance Policy, Unlawful Harassment Policy, Workers’
Compensation Policy. Julie stated that the Weapons Policy, that would normally be included for
review this month, would be presented at a later date once staff had considered possible
Since these items were for discussion only, no formal action was taken.
D. Budget Work Session Follow-up
Hugh Mose requested clarification of the Board’s position on CATA’s involvement in Regional
Commuter Bus Service and the need for updating CATA’s Strategic Plan. Chairman Spychalski
read an email from Richard Kipp, who was absent, in which Richard expressed his position that if
there are no overriding grant funding or political concerns to be considered, CATA should not
pursue Commuter Bus Service. Richard also stated in his email that he would be in favor of
ongoing, in-house development of a basic updated Strategic Plan. Chairman Spychalski reported
that Kathryn Bittner, also absent, had expressed via email her concurrence with Richard Kipp’s
Chairman Spychalski asked that Hugh Mose clarify the impact on the MPO (Metropolitan
Planning Organization) if CATA were to back away from providing commuter bus service from
Phillipsburg. Hugh responded that since ATA (Area Transportation Authority, Johnsonburg) is
interested in providing service in the Route 322 corridor, the bigger concern would be neglecting
the Centre County portion of the Moshannon Valley. Hugh stated that in order to receive
funding, PennDOT is requiring a joint JARC (Job Access Reverse Commute) grant application from
CATA and ATA.
The Board consensus expressed on Regional Commuter Bus Service was that CATA staff should
continue to investigate the possibilities, but must make no commitments; Bus Service; that staff
should work with ATA to support their development of service for the Route 322 corridor; and
that Greg Kausch should be asked to work with various interested parties to find out if there is
interest in generating the local funding required to apply for another JARC Grant next year.
The Board consensus expressed regarding the update of the Strategic Plan was that Greg Kausch
should explore outside funding sources to be used to develop an updated Strategic Plan, but
that if money is not available a more focused plan could be developed in-house.
IV. NEW BUSINESS
A. FY 2010/2011 DRAFT Budget
Judi Minor presented the five-page FY 2010/2011 DRAFT Budget, and a cover memo
describing the changes made from the Preliminary DRAFT Budget that was reviewed at the
March 18 Work Session. Those changes included increasing the local shares by 5%, reducing the
Farebox Revenueor this year and adjusting the Farebox Revenue for next year. Judi explained
that once the DRAFT Budget has been approved, the document will be expanded to include
narrative information, performance indicators and other material in preparation for its
distribution to the Board, the COG Finance Committee, the municipalities and other interested
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the FY 2010/2011 DRAFT Budget and
authorize its completion and distribution by staff. Gary Powers moved and Joe Davidson
seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Hugh Mose reported that a Public Hearing would be required because the DRAFT Budget
includes a fare increase and recommended that the hearing be held in conjunction with the
April 26 Board meeting. Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion that a Public Hearing on the
fare increase be set in conjunction with the April 26 Board meeting. Joe Davidson moved and
Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
B. Resolution Certifying Local Match
Judi Minor presented a resolution to certify the local match for CATA’s FY 2010/2011 Act 44
State Operating Assistance Grant and stated that as instructed by PennDOT, the amount shown
is the minimum required to match CATA’s State Grant, not the total shown in the budget.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the resolution which certifies the local
match for CATA’s FY 2010/11 Act 44 State Operating Assistance Grant. Joe Davidson moved and
Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
C. Marketing Plan for FY 2010/2011
Jacqueline Sheader presented a DRAFT Marketing Plan for FY 2010/2011. It was noted that the
Adaptation of Technology section needed to be reworded to reflect CATA’s advances in this
area. Gary Powers inquired about any plans to develop a “Droid” app. Eric Bernier responded
that he is developing an RFP for that purpose.
Chairman Spychalski inquired whether Drivers are included in the development Customer
Service Plan. Jacqueline Sheader responded that they are included. Joe Davidson requested
that it be made clear in CATACOMMUTE marketing that the program is available to serve
destinations within the service area other than State College, such as Bellefonte and Penns
Valley. Chairman Spychalski noted that an editorial change needed to be made to the date on
Since this item was for discussion only, no formal action was taken.
D. 2010 Compensation and Classification Review and Proposal
Julie Hartley provided a memo detailing her work on evaluating CATA’s Compensation Plan for
Non-represented Employees and her recommendations for revisions to the plan and to the
annual performance review process which was shared in Executive Session at the March 18
Budget Work Session. Julie reported that as a result of discussion at the March Work Session,
the Point Factor Analysis table was expanded to show the Grade Level for each position, the
Merit Pay Grid was modified to reflect the Board’s interest in reinforcing the merit pay
component, and definitions of the various rating levels were added.
Chairman Spychalski noted that Kathryn Bittner had suggested via email that the word
“standards” be changed to “expectations” and that the Merit Pay Grid for the First Quartile
under “Does Not Meet Expectations” be changed from 0.5% to 0%. The Board members
present concurred with Kathryn’s suggestions.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the new Compensation Plan for Non
represented Employees and authorize the Human Resources Manager to undertake its
implementation, with the modifications noted. Gary Powers moved and Joe Davidson
seconded. With no further discussion, the motion carried unanimously.
V. OTHER BUSINESS
A. General Manager’s Report
Hugh Mose commented on the Legislative Conference that he and Louwana Oliva attended in
Washington, DC and their meetings with Representative Thompson and staff members of
Senators Specter and Casey. Hugh reported that he had observed the Late Night White LOOP
until 3:30 a.m. and found the buses to be quite busy. Hugh further commented that three bids
were received for vanpool vans; no bids were received for the cabling required to upgrade the
GFI Farebox system and that the due date on the bids for CNG Tank Replacement had been
B. Service Development Report
Eric Bernier provided a written report for the Board’s review. Eric reported that two of the four
service change requests received at the Public Hearing in February had been implemented.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Gary Powers moved and Joe
Davidson seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 5:46 p.m.