August 30, 2017, 4th Floor County-City Building
Councilpersons Present: Karen L. White, Tim Scott, David Varner, Jo Broden, Regina Williams-Preston, Oliver Davis, Jr., John Voorde
The Operating Budget is $10,662,269
There are concerns about uncertain Federal and State Funding and 2019 Budget Caps
They are looking at re-evaluating the fare level
Wages 53%, Benefits 22%, Fuel 7%, Services 5%, Utilities/Insurance 5%, Bus Loans 5%, ___
They expect Labor expenses in 2018 to be $5,801,603, Health & Dental Expenses have gone down since joining with the County/City plans
REVENUE PROJECTION FOR 2018:
Local Funding 32%, State Funding 19%, Federal Funding 17%, Federal Prev. Maintenance 15%, Fares 14%, Lease 2%, Advertising 1%
Farebox $ 1,642,051
Advertising $ 79,497
Lease Rev $ 2,400
Concessessions $ 34,311
Interest Inc $ 13,045
Property Tax $ 2,954,329
License Excise Tax $ 208,548
Option Income Tax $ 547,130
State Assistance $ 2,130,958
Fed Prev Mainten $ 1,440,000
Federal Assistance $ 1,410,000
Lease Payt City $ 200,000
NOTE: They dropped Burkhart Advertising (local company) to go with an out-of-area company for increased revenue
NEW SERVICES INCLUDE:
"Game Day Express" for ND Home Games that go between campus and downtown 3 hours prior to the game and 2 hours after the game. These are sponsored and will be FREE to the public.
Extending service to the Four Winds Casino
There is a matching grant where the City pays 20% and 80% is done with with matching funds
They had to take a loan from First Source Bank to meet the 20% needed and sell property to developers
There are currently 22 Natural Gas Buses
50% of the Fleet is over 12 years old, 60 total in Fleet
They make 318 trips a day
Looking at $1.2M fund for Paratransit (?)
Hours are Monday - Saturday from 5:50 am to 6:00 pm
Paratransit Services - Application for them is on their website
No Sunday Service
South Shore service to meet train passengers, except on Sundays which is their busiest day
Late Night Service for ND/St. Mary's on Friday/Saturday nights for student safety
NOTE: Jo Broden noted these buses are going through residential neighborhoods at 3 am instead of taking larger streets and residents would like the route changed
There are currently 20 open positions they are having problems filling
They are working with WorkOne and applications are available on their website
* Is the Natural Gas they use from Fracking Sources?
* Will there be an ADA Paratransit Advisory Committee?
* Why is there no bus service to WorkOne? Unemployed people need to go there.
* Can they use smaller buses like the Goshen Trolleys? They cost less, are less to maintain, use less fuel and require a lower driver certification
* Why hasn't the City put up more Bus Shelters and moved them to better ADA Accessible areas?
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