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November 16, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

Regular HTMMTS Board Meeting Minutes November 16, 2022
Grand Haven City Hall

1. Meeting Called to Order by President Craig Bessinger at 4:31 p.m.

2. Roll Call
Present: Craig Bessinger, Chris Burns, Bill Cate, Gordon Gallagher, Ashley Latch, Kevin McLaughlin, Cathy Pavick, Joel Tepastte
Absent: Bill Cargo, Don Reis
Also Present: Scott Borg, Harbor Transit Director; Dana Appel, Finance and Compliance Director; Annelise Walker, Marketing Coordinator; Molly Hruskach, Human Resources Director; Trina Robinson, Consultant; Tom Burghardt, Operations Manager; and Joan Brzozowski, Accounts Payable Specialist

3. Approval of the September 28, 2022, HTMMTS Board Meeting Minutes
Motion by Chris Burns, second by Gordon Gallagher, to accept the minutes from the Meeting held September 28, 2022. Motion carries.

4. Additions/Corrections to the Agenda
No changes or additions

5. Approval of Regular Agenda
Motion by Cathy Pavick, second by Gordon Gallagher, to approve the agenda. Motion carries.

6. General Business/Call to Audience
None

7. New Business:
A. DiscussiononEstimatedBudgetforFY2023/2024.
Scott Borg reported that the budget will be finalized soon and ready for the next HTMMTS Board Meeting (January 23, 2023).
B. Discussion/ActiononPayablesWarrant
Motion by Chris Burns, second by Gordon Gallagher to approve the payables warrant and financial statements as presented. Motion carries.
C. File/Receive Financial Statements
Reviewed and received the financial statements as presented.
D. Discussion on COLA Wage Study
HR Collaborative began the study on Monday, November 14, 2022 and is anticipated to be completed the first full week of February 2023. Results could lead to a recommendation for a one-time payment to part-time and full-time employees.
E. Discussion/Action Approval of Propane Contract
Motion by Joel TePastte, second by Chris Burns to approve Wesco as propane supplier at $1.24/pound. Motion carries.
F. Discussion/Update on Fare Schedule
Motion by Gordon Gallagher, second by Chris Burns to approve a single tier fare schedule of $0.75 and $1.50. All fare collections will be via smart-phone with no fare collection equipment on the buses. New software will allow riders to track their bus and reduce dispatch hours. Motion carries.
G. Discussion/ActionApprovalofPublicTransportationAgencySafetyPlan(PTASP)
Motion by Kevin McLaughlin, second by Joel TePasste to approve the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP). Motion carries.
H. Discussion/ActionApprovalofBusAirPurificationSystemContract.
Motion by Gordon Gallagher, second by Cathy Pavick to approve the purchase of CASPR (Continuous Air & Surface Pathogen Reduction) systems for each bus; total of $39,525. Motion Carries.
Staff Reports

8. Human Resources: Molly Hruskach reported that they continue to interview and hire drivers
and dispatchers. Most positions are part-time. Three more interviews are scheduled.

9. Operations: Scott Borg reported that the ridership comparison shows a slight increase over September, but still down compared to pre-COVID numbers. Ridership to/from Mercy at the Lakes is down. There was one bus crash in which an HT vehicle was sideswiped in a hit-and- run accident, two minor injuries, no vehicle road calls, and five ridership complaints.

10. Director: Scott Borg commented the local advisory committee met, but there was no quorum. There is still one at-large position to be filled on the HTMMTS Board.

11. Board Member Comments:
A. Cathy Pavick thanked Scott Borg for the board packets.
B. Scott Borg introduced Joan Brzozowski, Accounts Payable Specialist

Meeting adjourned by President Craig Bessinger at 5:02 PM. The next meeting is Scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at Grand Haven Township, 13300 168th St, Grand Haven.

September 28, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

Harbor Transit Multi-Modal Transportation System (HTMMTS)

Regular Board Meeting Minutes September 28, 2022 Grand Haven Community Center

Meeting Called to Order by President Craig Bessinger at 4:30 p.m.
Roll Call
Present: Craig Bessinger, Bill Cargo, Gordon Gallagher, Chris Burns, Joel TePastte, Bill Cate, Don Reis
Absent: Ashley Latch, Cathy Pavick, Kevin McLaughlin
Also Present: Scott Borg, Harbor Transit Director, Dana Appel, Finance and Compliance Director, Molly Hruskach, Human Resources Director, Trina Robinson, Financial Consultant, Tom Burghardt, Operations Manager. Carrie Uthe Local Advisory Council Chairperson

Approval May 25, 2022 HTMMTS Board Meeting Minutes
Motion by Gordon Gallagher, second by Joel TePastte, to approve the minutes of the July 27, 2022 meeting. Motion carries.
Additions/Corrections to the Agenda – None Scott Borg

Approval of Regular Agenda
Motion by Joel TePastte, second Bill Cate, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carries.

General Business/Call to Audience – Craig Bessinger
None

Discussion/Action to file and receive Financial Statements.
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Gordon Gallagher, to approve the financial statements as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of Payables Warrant.
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Joel TePastte to approve the payables warrant as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action on Final Budget Amendments FYE 2022.
Motion by Chris Burns, second by Joel TePastte to approve the final budget amendments FYE 2021/2022 the payables warrant as presented. Motion carries.

File/Review FY 2022/23 budget pre-implementation review of budget
No action necessary.

Discussion/Action regarding amendments to the Personnel Manual
Motion by Joel TePastte, second by Chris Burns, to approve the amendments to the Personnel Manual as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action regarding MERS HCSP Agreement Amendment and Contribution Addendum.
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Joel TePastte, to approve MERS HCSP Agreement Amendment and Contribution Addendum as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action to elect or re-elect HTMMTS Board officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Gordon Gallagher, to approve election or re-election of HTMMTS Board officers as follows: President – Craig Bessinger, Vice-President – Bill Cargo, Secretary – Bill Cate, Treasurer – Gordon Gallagher. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action on Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Bi-Monthly Regular Meeting Dates
Motion by Chris Burns, second by Bill Cargo, to approve the fiscal year 2022-2023 Bi-Monthly regular meeting dates as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action on Transportation Director 2022 Evaluation.
Motion by Chris Burns, second by Gordon Gallagher to approve Transportation Directors salary increase by one step effective September 21, 2022, and include any cost of living adjustments (COLA) when provided to Harbor Transit employees . Motion carries.

Discussion/Action appointing Sarah Wheeler as the LAC Representative for Spring Lake Village.
Motion by Chris Burns, second by Joel TePastte to appoint Sarah Wheeler to the LAC Board. Motion Carries.

Marketing Report Scott Borg
Scott Borg reviewed the Marketing Objectives.
1. Promote MATS and Harbor Transit connection at Trinity Health Village Lakes.
2. Communicate the benefits of Harbor Transit’s On Demand Service to increase the motivation to
ride.
3. Increase digital presence to reach more of the local population outside of the Facebook users.

Human Resources Update Mollie Hruskach
Mollie Hruskach explained that Harbor Transit has a RFP for a wage study to be completed. Chris Burns asked if the study would look beyond the bus operators and would the study take into account the wages of North West Ottawa County. Chris Burns recommended that request be a part of the wage study.
Staffing 12 open operator positions. 1 – fulltime dispatch position. We currently have a posting out for an Accounts Payable Specialist.

Operations Update Scott Borg
Scott shared ridership statistics going back to 2016, and reviewed Ridership by Municipality. 98.93 Ridership performance.
5 Crashes since the last Board Meeting.
0 Injuries since the last meeting.
4 Customer Complaints since the last Board Meeting.
1 Road call since the last Board Meeting.
Summer Trolley rides were 14,069 rides for the season.
Beach Express rides were 235 rides for the season.
Coast Guard Saturday had 3,423 rides, and 2,536 miles traveled.

EEO Applicant Data Mollie Hruskach
Scott Borg explained the FTA requires Transit Agencies to monitor and report this data to their Transit Boards Annually.
Harbor Transit had a total of 57 applicants, 27 males and 30 females for the open positions of bus operators, HR Director, and Dispatchers. The applicants were identified by race and gender.

Director’s Report Scott Borg
Scott reported that Harbor Transit had 1-Covid Case in the months of July and August.
Harbor Transit has 3 buses on order through the MDOT Pilot Program. We are hoping delivery is before the end of the year. Chassis and Chips are delaying the bus orders. Harbor Transit has since ordered 3 buses and will expect delivery in calendar year 2024.
Borg reviewed the Trinity at the Lakes Ridership to Muskegon. The rides have increase monthly since the start of the project in March 2022.

Harbor Transit provided transportation for the Folds of Honor Collegiate 54 Hole Individual Golf event. 272 rides on Monday and 172 rides were provided on Tuesday.

Potential location for the new facility is in Grand Haven Township on 172nd Ave. There is a Memorandum of Understanding with the owner.

Coast Guard Festival 2022 was successful due to the excellent work by the Harbor Transit Employees. Harbor Transit has 1 Bus Operator participating in the 2022 Bus Rodeo in Frankenmuth, MI.

Scott reviewed the open Board positons. The Harbor Transit Board currently has an Open At-Large Board Member Position.

Board Member Gordon Gallagher said he liked seeing the crash reports and expressed he had interest in knowing what the Trolley mileage was for the year.

Board Member Chris Burns talked about the narratives on the trolley and said she would work on a volunteer to narrate for the Spring Lake Trolley.

Board Member Bill Cargo expressed a concern over the Beach Express not being a good use of Harbor Transit resources.

Next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will be held on November 16, 2022 at 4:30 PM at The City of Grand Haven 519 Washington Avenue Grand Haven, MI 49417.

July 27, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

Regular Board Meeting Minutes July 27, 2022
Spring Lake Village Hall

Meeting Called to Order by President Craig Bessinger at 4:30 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Craig Bessinger, Ashley Latch, Cathy Pavick, Bill Cargo, Gordon Gallagher, Chris Burns, Joel TePastte, Bill Cate, Kevin McLaughlin
Absent: Don Reis
Also Present: Scott Borg, Harbor Transit Director, Dana Appel, Finance and Compliance Director, Annelise Walker, Marketing Coordinator, Molly Hruskach, Human Resources Director, Trina Robinson, Consultant

Approval May 25, 2022 HTMMTS Board Meeting Minutes
Motion by Chris Burns, second by Joel TePastte, to approve the minutes of the May 25, 2022 meeting. Motion carries.

Approval of Regular Agenda
Motion by Chris Burns, second by Joel TePastte, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carries.

General Business/Call to Audience
None

Discussion/Action of Payables Warrant and Financial Statements.
Motion by Chris Burns, 2nd by Kevin McLaughlin, to approve the payables warrant and financial statements as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion on Estimated Revised Budget.
No action necessary.

Discussion/Action on Revised Harbor Transit Policy and Procurement.
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Chris Burns, to adopt the Revised Harbor Transit Policy and Procurement as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion/Update on Revised Harbor Transit Grant Management Policy
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Joel TePastte, to approve the Revised Harbor Transit Grant Management Policy as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action on Revised EEO Plan
Motion by Cathy Pavick, second by Joel TePastte, to approve the Revised Harbor Transit EEO Plan as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action on RFP Proposal for Property and Right-of-Way Acquisition Services
Motion by Chris Burns, 2nd by Bill Cargo, to approve Land Matters as the Land Acquisition Consultant for HTMMTS. Motion Carries.

Discussion/Action on Revised Advertising Policy
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Joel TePastte, to approve the Revised Harbor Transit Advertising Policy as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion Review of the 2022 Triennial FTA Review
Scott and his Team have completed the Triennial review with only 3 deficiencies being noted, all of which have been rectified to the FTA. Board Members thanked Scott and his Team for their work on the Triennial Review.

Marketing Report Annelise Walker
Annelise reviewed the Billboards that are promote Harbor Transit’s Beach Express and Lakeshore Trolley Services for the months of May, June, July and August. Billboards are located at the Intersection of M- 104 and 148th Street and North of Van Wagoner Road on US-31.
Annelise reviewed the Social Media Account growth with Facebook a 13.8% increase with 1,095 followers.
Advertising Bus Wrap from St. John’s Lutheran School was reviewed.

Human Resources Update Mollie Hruskach
Mollie discussed the need for Harbor Transit to put on 20 drivers before August 31, 2022. We have currently hired and retained 3 Bus Operators.
Harbor Transit is using BS & A Software for Applicant Tracking.
Human Resources is also looking at a retention program for current employees.

Operations Update Scott Borg
Scott shared ridership statistics going back to 2016, and reviewed Ridership by Municipality. Reviewed Mercy at the Lakes Ridership.
98.26 Ridership performance.
4 Crashes since the last Board Meeting. 3 Customer Complaints since the last Board Meeting.

Director’s Report Scott Borg
Scott reported that Harbor Transit did not have any COVID-19 cases for the months of May and June 2022.
Scott reviewed that Routematch was sold to Tripspark and Harbor Transit was looking to complete an RFP for new Software.
Harbor Transit has 3 buses on order through the MDOT Pilot Program. We are hoping delivery is before September 1, 2022.
MDOT/Michigan State University Survey is being redone as the original survey was lost by the USPS. Coast Guard 2022 plans are in place and we anticipate a successful Coast Guard Festival.
Harbor Transit has 1 Bus Operator participating in the 2022 Bus Rodeo in Frankenmuth, MI.
Scott reviewed the open Board positons. The Harbor Transit Board currently has an Open At-Large Board Member Position and (LAC) Local Advisory Council Positon. We are looking for a LAC Member from the Village of Spring Lake.
Board Member Chris Burns asked if there has been any discussion on purchasing Electric Buses. Board Member Burns thanked Scott for having a concise agenda packet.

Next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will be held on September 28, 2022 at 4:30 PM at The City of Grand Haven 519 Washington Avenue Grand Haven, MI 49417.

March 23, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

Regular Board Meeting Minutes March 23, 2022
Spring Lake Township Hall

Meeting Called to Order by President Craig Bessinger at 4:33 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Craig Bessinger, Pat McGinnis, Cathy Pavick, Bill Cargo, Jerry Sias, Gordon Gallagher, Chris Burns
Absent: Joel TePastte, Kevin McLaughlin, Don Reiss
Also Present: Scott Borg, Harbor Transit Director, Dana Appel, Finance and Compliance Director, Annelise Walker, Marketing Coordinator, Theresa Dreese, Lead Dispatcher, Tom Burghardt, Operations Supervisor, Trina Robinson, Consultant

Approval of the January 26, 2022, HTMMTS Board Meeting Minutes
Motion by Cathy Pavick, second by Chris Burns, to accept the minutes from the Meeting held January 26, 2022. Motion carries.

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda
No changes or additions
Motion by Gordon Gallagher, second by Bill Cargo, to approve the agenda. Motion carries.

Public Comments
None

Payable Warrant and Financial Statements
Dana Appel reported on the statements and answered questions from Board Members.
Motion by Gordon Gallagher, second by Pat McGinnis to accept the Payable Warrant and Financial Statements as presented. Motion carries.

Approval of LAC Advisory Members.
Angie Davis will represent persons with a disability for the City of Grand Haven, MI, one-year Term. Lisa Greenwood will represent persons with a disability for the City of Grand Haven, MI, one-year term.
Heather Phillips will represent persons with a disability for Grand Haven Township, one-year term.
Moved by Pat McGinnis, second by Chris Burns, to approve the appointments as presented to the Local Advisory Council. Motion carries.
HTMMTS still has one opening that needs to represent the Village of Spring Lake.

Discussion/Action on HTMMTS Advertising Fee.
Annelise Walker offered a presentation on wrapping buses with advertisement. $100 per month for a twelve-month contract AND advertisers cover the cost of wrap/installation. Fresh Coast Design offered the best price to do the wrap ($1,912.80).
Motion by Pat McGinnis, second by Cathy Pavick, to approve the bus wrapping policy as presented by staff. Motion carries.
Annelise handed out promotional items to board members (stress squeeze bus, pens and magnets) Working with Ferry School classes in an interactive educational program – the kids have designed a route that they will be able to take as part of the program.

Harbor Transit – Muskegon Area Transit (MATS) Regional Study update.
Scott reported on the current state of the discussions about joint ventures between MATS and Harbor. Consultant will work with Muskegon to re-establish their agency as an Authority. There may then be further exploration of possible mutual efforts to collaborate.
Scott was asked to contact Jim Koens and Elizabeth Butler to discover other ways we might be able to help local employers secure reliable transportation for their employees.

Trolley Project # 2 -2022 Pilot Spring Lake Trolley Loop.
Loop will go to Fruitport and all the way around Spring Lake and out to Fisherman’s Parking Lot at the north pier. It will be calibrated to connect with the Buccaneer loop and the connection will be at the Holiday Inn.
Motion by Bill Cargo to approve the pilot project, support by Gordon Gallagher. Motion carries.

HTMMTS Building update.
Found 7.2 acres at the corner of Ferris and US-31; we are doing an appraisal with local funds to try to establish a value to help us negotiate.

Operations Update.
Scott reported on ridership numbers and accident incidents.

Transportation Directors Report – Scott Borg
Opening conference is June 30, exit conference in July. Will be a very busy two-week period.
LAC meeting was on February 16. The new members appointed tonight will be very valuable. Next meeting is May 18 at 1:15 p.m. at the Grand Haven Community Center.

Board Members Comments:
Patrick McGinnis reported that Grand Rapids Community College is interested in possible connections between MAX and Harbor to get students back and forth between the systems and to the GRCC Lakeshore Campus in Holland. He will pass along contact information to Scott.

Next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will be held on May 25, 2022 at 4:30 PM at City of Ferrysburg Administrative Office, 17290 Roosevelt Road.

January 26, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

Harbor Transit Multi-Modal Transportation System (HTMMTS)

Regular Board Meeting Minutes January 26, 2022
Grand Haven Township Hall

Meeting Called to Order by President Craig Bessinger at 4:30 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Craig Bessinger, Pat McGinnis, Cathy Pavick, Kevin McLaughlin, Bill Cargo, Don Reiss, Jerry Sias
Absent: Joel TePastte, Gordon Gallagher, Chris Burns
Also Present: Scott Borg, Harbor Transit Director, Dana Appel, Finance and Compliance Director, Jason Mitchell, Vredeveld Haefner

Approval of the December 1, 2021, 2021 HTMMTS Board Meeting Minutes
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Jerry Sias, to accept the minutes from the Meeting held December 1, 2021, thereby independently approving all actions taken at that meeting by the full Board (no quorum on December 1). Motion carries.

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda
No changes or additions
Motion by Don Reiss, second by Cathy Pavick, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carries.

Public Hearing
Chair Bessinger opened a public hearing at 4:35 p.m. on the Harbor Transit Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget Dana Appel presented the 2022-23 budget and answered Board Member questions.
Close Public Hearing at 4:41 p.m.

New Business
Discussion/Action of Financial Audit 2021
Jason Mitchell from Vredeveld Haefner presented the Audit to the Board. Added to fund balance nearly $1 million, but this is largely a result of money received in ARPA and CARES Act funding (non- recurring). Mr. Mitchell reported that there were no audit findings or issues and he would qualify this as a clean audit. Motion by Bill Cargo to accept the Audit for 2021-22, second by Kevin McLaughlin. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of Final FY Budget 2022-2023
Dana again presented the proposed 2022-2023 budget and answered Board Member questions. Cash balances are up to approximately $2.4 million as of the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021. Aiming for $3.5 million to secure on-hand resources for an eventual building project. At the end of the new FY (September 30, 2023), we should be at $3 million, and Dana would like to restrict at least $1.5 million of these surplus funds to be dedicated to the new building project.
Moved by Bill Cargo to approve the 2022-2023 budget as presented, second by Jerry. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of 2022/2023 Fee Schedule
$1.50 in advance/$2.50 same day
$.75 in advance/$1.25 same day for various discounted rate.
Moved by Bill Cargo to approve passenger and advertising rates as presented, second by Cathy Pavick. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of 2022/2023 Uniform Millage Rate Determination
Motion by Bill Cargo to set transit millage rate at .6 mills for 2022-2023, second by Pat McGinnis. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of 2022/2023 FY Resolution of Intent
This is a resolution to establish that the System intends to apply for and secure funding from various governmental sources to provide local transit services.
Motion by Bill Cargo to approve the Resolution of Intent as presented, second by Kevin McLaughlin. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of 2022-2023 Contract Clauses Certification
This resolution establishes compliance with Federal contract guidance – it is required by MDOT that all sub-grantees maintain compliance.
Motion by Bill Cargo to approve the Contract Clauses Certification as presented, second by Kevin McLaughlin. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of Calendar Year 2022 Resolution to Adopt the Annual Exemption Option

Public Act 152 requires that the Board pass an annual resolution to authorize the health care premium share that is over the hard cap and below the required 20% employee contribution.
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Kevin McLaughlin, to adopt the annual PA 152 exemption resolution as presented. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of Accounts Payable and the Financial Statements
Motion by Bill Cargo, second by Jerry Sias, to accept the Accounts Payable and Financial Statements. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of Grants Management Policy
Motion by Pat McGinnis to approve Grants Management Policy, second by Bill Cargo. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of ADA & Reasonable Modification Policy
Motion by Pat McGinnis to approve ADA & Reasonable Modification Policy, second by Bill Cargo. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of Title VI Policy
Motion by Pat McGinnis to approve Title VI Policy, second by Bill Cargo. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action of EEO Policy
Motion by Pat McGinnis to approve EEO Policy, second by Bill Cargo. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action A/E Services
Scott Borg explained that we sought bids and received three proposals, interviews were held with two of the firms, and administration is recommending Progressive AE for the architect of record for the coming building project.
Pat McGinnis stated that he believed it was a betrayal of the public trust to hire the same firm to build the building that was used to offer the advice that a building was needed, and he would not be supporting this action.
Motion by Bill Cargo to execute a contract with Progressive AE, second by Cathy Pavick.
Yes: Craig Bessinger, Cathy Pavick, Kevin McLaughlin, Bill Cargo, Don Reiss, Jerry Sias No – Pat McGinnis
Motion carries.

Discussion/Action Fare Policy
This is required by the Federal Government and was discovered during preparation for the triennial review by the Federal Transportation Administration.
Motion by Bill Cargo to approve the Fare Policy as presented, second by Cathy Pavick. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action Procurement Policy
This is required by the Federal Government and was discovered during preparation for the triennial review by the Federal Transportation Administration.
Motion by Bill Cargo to approve the Procurement Policy as presented, second by Cathy Pavick. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action Appointing Kevin McLaughlin to the MPO Policy Board/WMSRDC representing Harbor Transit
Motion by Pat McGinnis to appoint Kevin McLaughlin to the MPO Policy Board to represent Harbor Transit, second by Bill Cargo. Motion carries.

Personnel Manual Update Drug-Free Workplace
This action would reflect FTA requirements.
Motion by Cathy Pavick, second by Don Reiss, to approve the update to the Drug-Free Workplace policy. Motion carries.

Old Business
Discussion/Action to approve 2022 – 2025 Harbor Transit Strategic Plan
Motion by Jerry Sias to approve the 2022 – 2025 Harbor Transit Strategic Plan, second by Don Reiss. Motion carries.

Marketing Update Annelise Walker – Annelise not present so a brief verbal report was offered by Scott Borg.

Transportation Director’s Report – Scott Borg

  • We’ve had a few “limited service” days during recent inclement weather.
  • West Michigan Regional study will recommend the Muskegon system break from the County
    and re-establish service for those entities that desire the service. Merger does not appear to be a workable solution. We will continue to study opportunities.
  • The land acquisition effort continues to be a struggle.
  • 23 items on the triennial audit; it was delayed one year so it is technically a four-year audit.
  • Two at large positions available, one for the Board and one for the Advisory Committee. Please pass interest along to Scott if you have someone in mind.

Board Members Comments:
Board members made complementary remarks about staff and system performance.

Next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will be held on March 23, 2022 at 4:30 PM at Spring Lake Township Office, 102 West Savidge Street, Spring Lake, MI 49456

December 1, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

Harbor Transit Multi-Modal Transportation System (HTMMTS) Regular Board Meeting Minutes

DECEMBER 1, 2021 GRAND HAVEN CITY HALL 519 WASHINGTON AVENUE

Meeting Called to Order by President Craig Bessinger at 4:35 p.m.

Lack of a quorum was noted; notes from tonight’s meeting can be authenticated by majority vote at next meeting with quorum.

Roll Call
Present: Craig Bessinger, Pat McGinnis, Gordon Gallagher, Bill Cargo
Absent: Joel TePastte, Jerry Sias, Cathy Pavick, Don Reiss, Chris Burns

Also Present: Scott Borg, Harbor Transit Director, Dana Appel, Finance and Compliance Director, Annelise Walker, Marketing Coordinator, Tom Burghardt, Driver, Teresa Dreese, Dispatch Lead, Carrie Uthe, Local Advisory Council Chair, John Stern, former employee interested in at-large Board seat

Approval of September 22, 2021 HTMMTS Board Meeting Minutes
Motion by Cargo, second by Gallagher to approve the minutes of September 22, 2021. Motion carries.

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda
None

Approval of Regular Agenda
Motion by McGinnis, second by Gallagher to approve the agenda as printed. Motion carries.

General Business / Call to Audience
None

Discussion on Estimated Budget FYE 2022/2023
Dana presented an update to the 2022/2023 budget and answered questions; this item will be on the January 26, 2022 agenda to formally amend the fiscal year budget.

Discussion/action on Payable Warrant.
Moved by Cargo to approve Payables Warrant, second by Gallagher. Motion carries.

File/Receive Financial Statements.
Dana commented that we are very early in the new fiscal year and there is not much variance to report.

Discussion/Action Resolution of MDOT Master Agreement 2022-0063.
Motion by Gallagher, second by Cargo, to approve MDOT Master Agreement 2022- 0063. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action Approval of Propane Contract with Wesco, Inc.
Crystal Flash advises that we might do better next year if we request proposals for two years.

Motion by Gallagher to approve propane contract with Wesco, Inc. as presented, second by Cargo. Motion carries.

Vehicle Sale to City of Grand Haven and City of Battle Creek Transit.
Staff is recommending sale of two surplus trolleys with de-minimus value to the City for $1 each and two minivans to Battle Creek Transit for $2,500 each.Motion by Cargo, second by Gallagher, to approve sale of two fully depreciated trolleys with no market value to Grand Haven for $1 each and two minivans to Battle Creek for $2,500 each. Motion carries.

Discussion/Action on Inter-Local Agreement to allow Public Transportation Across Jurisdictional Boundaries.
Motion by Cargo, second by Gallagher, to approve Inter-Local Agreement to allow Public Transportation Across Jurisdictional Boundaries. Motion carries.

Scott reported that we are looking at expanding hours so we can better serve industry. We need to evaluate this pilot effort for at least one year to better understand potential for future expansion. This effort is in concert with the ongoing study underway at WMSRDC. Gordon and Pat asked that there be some outreach to local industry to make sure we are being responsive to their needs.

Change in Harbor Transit Policy Training Pay.
Scott explained that he would like to add language to the training manual to provide training pay to Harbor Transit Employees who are deemed qualified to train employees. Motion by Gallagher, second by Cargo to approve pay differential for hazardous pay as recommended by staff. Motion carries.

John R. Stern – At Large Harbor Transit Board Member.
Postponed until January meeting.

Old Business – Discussion/Action to Approve Preliminary Harbor Transit Strategic Plan.
Planning took place in May of this year.Motion by Cargo, second by McGinnis, to approve the draft plan for the years 2022 – 2026. Motion carries.

Marketing Update – Annelise Walker
Pushing messaging out about safety of riding on Harbor Transit.
Taking advantage of giving opportunities: Salvation Army angel tree location! Customers can stop in and pick out a tag and then deliver a gift back to Harbor Transit.
Lakeshore Trolley name was adopted following community engagement.

Operation Director’s Update – Melvin Barkley
Melvin accepted a job with the Detroit Transit operation; he will be missed. Go State. Ridership remains low compared to pre-pandemic levels. On time performance has been drastically impacted in November due to lane closures over bridge.

Transportation Director’s Update – Scott Borg
Promotions of Tom and Theresa noted.
West Michigan Regional Transit study. Workshops have been held in October and November. Consulting firm will make recommendations this month. If a new structure is agreed upon we will be asked to act in early 2022.
Currently negotiating with Progressive AE to be our consultant as we continue to work on plan to purchase property and build a new facility.
Dispatch is doing productivity training.

December 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. desert bake off: Board Members are asked to come and taste test.

Dana reported that Harbor Has a Heart will be packing toys at the Salvation Army – Board Members are also encouraged to assist.

Next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will be held on January 26, 2022 at 4:30 PM at Grand Haven Charter Township, 13300 168th Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417.