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January 23rd, 2018: Board Meeting Round-Up

Chairman’s Items – Joseph T. Ashdale

  • Board Chairman, Joseph T. Ashdale, invited comment from members of the general public.
  • Board Chairman, Joseph T. Ashdale, introduced newly appointed Risk Management Director, Antonia Miller, and Internal Auditor, Walter Mingo

Director’s Report – Scott Petri

During his inaugural Board meeting, PPA Executive Director, Scott Petri, thanked the Board for the opportunity to lead the Authority. Additionally, Mr. Petri reported upon his initial observations of the Authority’s operations. Mr. Petri’s full directors report can be viewed and downloaded here.

Finance and Administration

Actual to Actual Summary Comparative Income Statements

  • The Board unanimously approved the Actual to Actual Summary Comparative Income statements presented by the the Authority’s Director of Finance, Gary Gordon

Budget to Actual Summary Comparative Income Statements

  • The Board unanimously approved the Budget to Actual Summary Comparative Income statements presented by the the Authority’s Director of Finance, Gary Gordon

Updated Right to Know Policy

  • The Board unanimously approved the Authority’s Updated Right to Know Policy
  • While there are no substantive changes, the Policy has been amended to make a more specific reference to the law governing the process and certain contact information for the Open Records Officer. Other changes include:
  • A requirement that the Executive Director re-appoint the Open Records Officer at the beginning of each fiscal year.
  • Clarification that the Legal Department need only be involved in the review of a request that raises legal questions.
  • A requirement that the Authority’s Internal Compliance Auditor conducts an audit of the Open Record Officer’s compliance with this policy and the law upon the conclusion of each fiscal year.
  • Additional information about the rights of the public to challenge a denial of a Right to Know Request and the manner in which the appeal must be filed, along with the general Pennsylvania Office of Open records contact information has also been added.

Managed Print Services

  • The Board unanimously approved a $40,000 final additional spending increase for Managed Print Services through the Authority’s print services vendor, KDI, Inc.

Purchase of Electric Vehicles

  • The Board unanimously approved the $134,000 purchase of four Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles to be used at the Authority’s airport and off-street parking operations.
  • In December 2016, the Board approved the purchase of 24 electric vehicle charging stations for installation at the Philadelphia International Airport parking facility, Family Courthouse Garage, Market Street East Garage, Parkade on 8th, and Independence Mall Garage.
  • The Authority was subsequently awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for installation of 24 electric vehicle charging stations under the condition the Authority purchase an electric vehicle fleet.

Updated Procurement Policy

  • The Board unanimously approved language and process clarifications to the Authority’s new Procurement Policy and Standard Operating Procedures, which was adopted by the Board on September 27, 2017.

Settlement of Tort Claim Mele v. PPA

  • The Board unanimously approved a $30,000 major jury motor vehicle action claim to the Plaintiff, Bruno Mele.
  • The $30,000 settlement comes in conjunction with outside counsel, the Authority’s insurer and the Authority’s Legal Department.

Mission Statement

  • The Board unanimously approved the Authority’s revised Mission Statement.
  • The Authority’s revised Mission Statement was recommended to more succinctly state the Authority’s mission and the particulars of how that mission is accomplished.
  • The Authority’s revised Mission Statement can be found and downloaded here.

Fire Extinguisher Service Contract       

  • The Board unanimously approved a revised contract with Alarm Tech Systems, Inc. for fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance services, which are required by the Philadelphia Code and Charter.

Investment Policy

  • The Board unanimously approved amendments to the Authority’s Investment Policy.
  • The amendments come as the Authority’s Director of Finance has determined that Freddie Mac falls within the limitations of investments found in Section 5510.1(c)(2) of the Parking Authorities Law.

Approval of External Auditor Boyer & Ritter LLC

  • The Board unanimously approved the awarding of an External Auditing Services contract with Boyer & Ritter, LLC.
  • The potential savings from contacting with Boyer & Ritter for a five year contract is (at a minimum) $225,000. 

Engineering and Design

Repair Lintels At Essington Ave

  • The Board unanimously approved a Change Order in the amount of $25,000 in relation to the contract awarded to Schneider Restoration, Inc., for steel and masonry restoration work at the Authority’s Impound and Vehicle Maintenance Facility at 6801 Essington Ave.
  • With the approval of this Change Order, the final contract amount is reduced from $193,000 to $168,000.

On-Call Structural Engineering

  • The Board unanimously approved a Change Order in relation to the contract awarded to O&S Associates, Inc., for On-Call Structural Engineering Services.
  • With the approval of this Change Order, the contract issued to  O&S Associates, Inc., will be extended 90 calendar days with no change required in the contract amount of $300,000 per year.

On-Street Division

On-Site Auctioneer Services for Unclaimed Vehicles

  • The Board unanimously approved the purchase of On-Site Auctioneer Services for Unclaimed Vehicles through Aspite Auto Auction.
  • As the lowest, most responsible bidder, Aspite Auto Auction will receive 2.5% of the gross revenue generated from the sale of unclaimed vehicles; a .5% reduction from the Authority’s previous contract for such services.

Airport Operations

Hardware and Software Support for Airport Operations Primary and Redundant Data Centers

  • The Board unanimously approved purchasing a one (1) year subscription service for CISCO hardware and software support for the Authority’s airport operations data center.
  • The subscription is a necessary annual subscription that provides:
  • Hardware replacement for any failed CISCO hardware component.
  • Firmware patches that will add features to the hardware and address identifiable security issues or concerns.

Taxi & Limousine Division

Docket No. A-17-11-02

The Board unanimously approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion No. P-0292 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: Please Car Inc, CPC Application No. A-103623-01
Owner-Seller: Grassia, Ralph Cab Co., Inc., CPC No. 1000714-01
Sale Price: $43,000.00

Docket No. A-17-11-04

The Board unanimously approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion Nos. P-0668 and P-0744.

Applicant-Buyer:  Zega Trans Inc, CPC No. 1034935-01
Owner-Seller: Pinnacle Cab Inc., CPC No. 1018902-01
Sale Price: $75,000.00

Docket No. A-17-05-02

The Board unanimously approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion No. P-0802 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: Kler Taxi Inc, CPC Application No. A-1035731-01
Owner-Seller: Oged, Inc., No.1000740-01
Sale Price: $53,000.00

Docket No. A-17-11-05

The Board unanimously approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion No. P-0547 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: B&B Trans Co, CPC Application No. A-1036262-01
Owner-Seller:  Grassia, Ralph Cab Co., Inc., CPC No. 1000714-01
Sale Price: $43,000.000