River Valley Metro Mass Transit District Board of Trustees met Feb. 28.
Here is the minutes as provided by the Board:
Chairman Allen called the River Valley Metro Board of Directors meeting to order at
Attending Board Members: Chairman Nick Allen, Vice Chairman Norman Grimsley,
Treasurer Susan Legris, Secretary Kelly St. Aubin Board Members: Mark Argyelan,
Carole Franke, Jerry Pearce
Staff Members Present: Managing Director; Robert Hoffmann, Director of
Operations and Recording Secretary; Michelle Brutlag, General Manager; Ken
Munjoy, Director of Administration; Lois Bentley
Others Present: Duane E Stubblefield – Exxon Mobil, Geoff Olson – Kankakee
County, Richard Berns and David Douglas – Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department
Pledge of Allegiance: Nick Allen led the Metro Board and others in attendance in
the Pledge of Allegiance.
Public with Business to Come Before the Board: NONE
Consent Agenda: Carole Franke made a motion to approve the consent agenda as
presented. Kelly St. Aubin seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken of all in
attendance, with all voting in favor. Consent agenda approved.
Chairman’s Report: (Nick Allen)
Managing Director’s Report: (Robert Hoffmann)
Operations Report: (Michelle Brutlag)
January ridership was 62,693. Year to date ridership is 508,695. Currently have 40
operators with 1 trainee with a CDL test on March 8th. We have 3 hopefuls for a
training class on Monday, with one have a full CDL.
Complaint Customer Service Report: (Michelle Brutlag)
There was a total of 14 complaints, with 11 of them being Driving Issues. This trend
is being addressed by First Transit with retraining. River Valley Metro transported
206 passengers. We did have three compliments this month: Midway service,
Dispatcher scheduling ADA appointment and 2 drivers doing a great job.
Norman Grimsley – Will we be having a K9 Unit at Metro. Officer Berns responded
The Annual contribution will go out in March. We will copy each of you so you know
how much they are. They will look different than the last time due to the service
With the route changes coming up, I think we need to review how we are calculating
the annual contribution. The way we do it with hours of service does not seem to
make sense anymore. For example, should the Village of Bradley pay more because
we moved a major transfer center to the mall to make the routes more effective.
Now should Bradley pay for 6 routes instead of 1-1/2 routes for our convenience?
Maybe population or something else might be a fairer way to do this.
I would like to put a committee together for annual contribution. I would like a
couple Board Members to review and discuss some options. Susan Legris and
Norman Grimsley volunteered to be on the committee.
Officer Rich Berns gave an update on how things are going in his first month in the
position. Things are running smooth, continue to conduct extra patrols and foot
patrols at our transfer points and bus stops. We continue to stay busy handling
disorderly conduct calls, crash investigations, lost and found items and assisting with
traffic control when needed. Stepped up traffic enforcement where there is more
I would like to publicly commend Patrolman David Douglas. He responded to call on
February 14th at a local restaurant where an employee summoned the police for an
unconscious person. Dave recognized immediately that the person was unconscious
due to a heroin overdose and immediately administered Narcam which possible
saved his life. I will be honest most police officers would have just dispatched an
ambulance. He did the right thing and acted quickly and probably saved this young man’s life. He is a valuable member of our agency and represented River Valley
Metro well. I want to thank you for that.
Michelle Brutlag also stated that the Transit Officers are now assisting with the daily
bank deposits. It frees up the Customer Care Supervisors from doing this duty. It is
also a much safer way to get our deposits to the bank.
Nick Allen stated the relationship with the Sherriff’s Department is great. Mr.
Hoffmann said it has gone so far past what we had imagined and is a really asset to
the Transit District. Wonder how we did it without them.
Last month we had 2 of our 3 ADA vehicles blow engines. It was almost $20,000 for
new engines. We did not want to spend that money right now. Looked online and
South Central Transit Authority in Lancaster PA has just received new vehicles. I
called them, they are 2011 vehicles with just over 100,000 miles on them, nice little
vehicles. They transferred two of them to us for $1. They are here now. You will see
them and the paint scheme will be quite different, we are just going to replace
South Central’s information with our information, since these vehicles are slotted to
be replaced next year. I would like to send a letter off from the Board thanking
them. There was no hesitation. They were up for auction and he pulled two of the
nicer vehicles for us. He said he had been in that position before and was glad he
could help us.
Susan Legris wanted to thank Rob for the initiative he took to get these vehicles.
The existing conditions report is up on the website now. I will caution you when you
first read this you will say this is not true. But the part 2 of the report takes in to
account riders perceptions not reality.
Allen asked Hoffmann to send the Board the link to this report.
Here is full system map of the fixed route service. All routes are now set, except
Midway. We are trying to decide whether to add one earlier trip on Sunday or one
later trip on Sunday. This will be a question during the open review public comment
period. Net result is about $79,000 less in annual cost of revenue service, so there is
a cost savings. Michelle and Andrew spent 1 day running these routes. Will start
scheduling meetings with the mayors and I have a meeting scheduled with the mall
on Thursday and still trying to get to the right person a Walmart.
Brutlag commented that the biggest change from the original presentation is the
elimination of the express bus. After looking at it further there was no value in that
bus, so that was eliminated.
Grimsley asked would we be gong by Martin Luther King School? Brutlag responded
yes we will actually go by it in both directions so now there will be a stop on the
same side of the street as the school.
Once we do this we will need to get communities to have codes on the books about
no parking in transit zones.
Questions from the news media:
Other Business to come Before the Board:
Legris stated that the audit will be issued next month.
A motion was made by Jerry Pearce to move into executive session in accordance
with the Illinois Open Meeting Act 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1), the appointment,
employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific
employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body and 5
ILCS120/2(c)(11) pending or probable litigation against, affecting or on behalf of the
public body. Motion was seconded by Susan Legris. Roll call vote was taken with all
in favor. Motion carried. Rolled into executive session at 3:22 pm.
Returned to regular session at 3:42 pm.
Grimsley asked does Metro want to fight the State of Illinois becoming a Sanctuary
State. Hoffmann responded that not sure we want to get into that. Not even sure
that as a Board we could agree on what way to go.
Grimsely asked if we have talked to Kankakee County Board Chairman about Show
Bus? Hoffmann replied at a 30,000 foot level.
Motion to adjourn by Jerry Pearce, seconded by Kelly St. Aubin, and a unanimous
yes vote of all members, meeting was adjourned at 3:49 pm.