CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

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September 25, 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

                                                            Kimberly Fragola, Assistant General Manager for Operations

                                                            Eric Bernier, Director of Information Services

                                                            Ryan Harshbarger, Director of Transportation

                                                            Liz Pierce, Director of Human Resources & Compliance

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

                                               

OTHERS PRESENT:                         Greg Kausch, CCRPA Senior Transportation Planner

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

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

 

II.        ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

            Chairman Spychalski announced that an executive session had been held on September 12, 2017 to discuss personnel matters.

 

III.       PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

IV.       OLD BUSINESS

 

A.        Approval of Minutes of August 28, 2017 Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the August 28, 2017 regular board meeting minutes. Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

B.        Approval of Minutes of September 19, 2017 Work Session  

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the September 19, 2017 work session minutes. Joe Davidson moved and Mark Parfitt seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.  

 

C.        Receipt of August 2017 Finance Reports

Kimberly Fragola noted that the:

·        balance sheet reflects decreased activity on the facility expansion

·        mobile ticketing dollar figure is a straight sales total and does not reflect the 10% that the app developer receives

·        Line-of-credit is typically used this time of year due to delays in the release of state operating funding

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the August 2017 finance reports.  Kelly Felix moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.        Receipt of August Performance Reports

Ryan Harshbarger reported that a software issue had prevented him from providing the typical level of detail about ridership for the month of August, which was down 3.9% compared to last August; for the fiscal year ridership is trending 5% lower than last fiscal year; CATACOMMUTE vanpool groups are back up to 35 with two potential groups that may form; CATARIDE senior ridership continues to remain strong.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the August 2017 performance reports.  Richard Kipp moved and Kelly Felix seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

E.        Policy Revision – Public Hearing

                          Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the public hearing policy as revised, which now includes additional language required by the FTA as a result of the 2017 Triennial Review.

                          Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.  

 

F.        Facility Expansion Update

Louwana Oliva reported that with having received temporary occupancy of all but the bus and chassis washes in building B, maintenance had begun to move over the weekend; caisson drilling for building C is to begin next week, with the current estimate for completion of that phase by August of 2018.

 

This item was for information and discussion only; no formal action was requested at this time.

 

V.        NEW BUSINESS

 

A.                 Act 44 Fixed Route Performance Criteria Measures

Ryan Harshbarger reported that CATA’s decline in ridership puts CATA at risk of meeting the minimum performance criteria measures established in conjunction with the 2013 PennDOT performance review, and could result in funding reductions of up to 5%.  However, we can request revised minimum performance standards by submitting justification to PennDOT; the suggested revisions are included in the following table.  

 

 

Performance Criteria Measures

17-18 Target

Suggested Revision

Passengers /
Revenue Vehicle Hour

57.91

41.00

Cost / Revenue Vehicle Hour

$ 106.26

$ 108.50

Revenue / Revenue Vehicle Hour

$ 48.94

$ 46.00

Cost / Passenger

$ 1.84

$ 2.64

 

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the suggested revised targets as indicated in the table above, as CATA’s minimum performance standards to be submitted to PennDOT for approval.  Mark Parfitt moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.               

 

B.                 Local Match

Kimberly Fragola provided an overview of the new schedule for the local match shares process and presented the local match shares document, which will be distributed to the funding partners for review and comment. She went on to report that the increase ranged from 4.0% to 5.9%, and staff will be attending meetings of funding partners to provide a review of the previous years’ service and answer questions about the local match shares.

 

This item was for information and discussion only; no formal action was requested at this time.

 

C.                 Year End Summary Reports

Year-end summary reports were provided by each of the four department directors.

 

This item was for information and discussion only; no formal action was requested at this time.

 

VI.       OTHER BUSINESS

           

A.        General Manager’s Report

            Louwana Oliva reported that:

·         the budget adjustment for the new positions will be on next month’s agenda

·         checks were cut and distributed to cover last Friday’s payroll error; she is meeting on Wednesday with all staff with payroll involvement to identify and solve issues

 

B.        Information Services Report

Chairman Spychalski referenced the written report which had been provided; Eric Bernier

reported that a new contract for IT support services has been executed with the State College

Borough IT department; 90% of CATA’s IT needs are now handled in-house.

 

C.        Chairman’s Report

            Chairman Spychalski made no report.

           

 

VII.     ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:22 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date