November 2015 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Harbor Transit Local Advisory Committee

Minutes of the November 18, 2015 Meeting

Grand Haven Community Center


The meeting was called to order at 1:22 p.m.

Members present:      Roger White, Chairperson

                                   Karen Flannigan, Grand Haven Charter Township

                                   Ray Harz, Grand Haven Charter Township Representative

                                   Marian McDonald, Spring Lake Township

Nancy Nielsen, Spring Lake Village Representative

                                   Warren Roosen, North Ottawa County Council on Aging Representative

                                   Carol Soule, Grand Haven Citizen Representative

                                   Carrie Uthe, Spring Lake Township

Members absent:      Kathy Hamm, Grand Haven Charter Township Representative


Harbor Transit staff:       Tom Manderscheid, Transportation Director

                                                Anthony Dionise, Operations Manager

Dennis Swartout, Public Relations Manager

Sue Thomae, Customer Care/Compliance Manager

Moved by Roger White and supported by Carol Soule, to approve the minutes of the May 20, 2015 meeting. Motion carried.

  1. General Business/Call to Audience


  1. General Business:

         Review of January – October 2015 Ridership Numbers

Tom Manderscheid presented the latest ridership information citing that the numbers are approximately 2% higher than last year at this time. Lower ridership for Coast Guard Saturday 2015 and no summer school transportation were factors in this low percentage.

Purchase and Delivery of Alternative Fuel Buses

Tom Manderscheid reported that the delivery date for the 26’ LP bus has been re-scheduled for December, 2015. Another bus will be ordered in January of 2016, but it has not been determined if it will be powered by LP or gasoline. Anthony Dionise reported that the propane fuel contract has been approved for another year and that the price per gallon has dropped from $1.58 to $1.05. This will be a significant savings to the fleet of five buses and two trolleys.


         Ride To Work Initiative

         (I was busy watching for the bus to arrive when this was talked about).


Computer-Aided Dispatch System Demonstration

The Committee members were transported to the Harbor Transit Operations Center to view the Dispatch office and to witness the operation of the software and hardware. The meeting then moved to the Driver’s Room for any questions from the Committee members.

Committee Member Input On Customer Service Delivery

(I missed part of this discussion)

Carol Soule asked if Robinson Township was a possibility for service. Tom Manderscheid responded that Robinson Township did not want to pay the millage for the service.

         Karen Flannigan said she’s heard positive comments about the new software.

         Nancy Nielsen asked about Sunday transportation service having extended hours.


  1. Old Business:



  1. Director Report:

Purchase and Delivery of Alternative Fuel Buses

Covered under “General Business”.


  1. The Local Advisory Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for February 17, 2016 at the Grand Haven Community Center:


  1. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


            Sue Thomae
            Customer Care & Compliance Manager
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