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Town and Country Transit sets deadline for funding contracts

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, May 20, 2010

Town and Country Transit board president Henry Mores made a firm request Wednesday that all municipalities involved in the transit agency hand in contracts binding them to a payment schedule for their 2010-11 match funding.

Mores set a deadline next week for return of the contracts that were handed out to board members during the April board meeting. The documents would ensure that member municipalities pass a resolution stating when they will fulfill their match agreements.

"I absolutely, positively need it no later than the 27th (of May)," said Patti Lynn Baker, human resources and finance manager.

Each municipality that receives bus service from Town and Country must contribute funding to the agency annually. As of yesterday, West Kittanning, Manor Township and Applewold were the only municipalities to turn in their contracts, Baker said.

The contracts are part of Town and Country's annual grant application with the state Department of Transportation for operating expenses, Baker explained. The application must be complete for PennDOT to begin processing it, she said. An incomplete application could result in a lag in state payments made to the agency.

Kittanning council tabled action on its contract agreement at this month's regular meeting because Ford City has not paid match funding from past years.

Ford City council president and Town and Country board member John Lux said yesterday that he plans to drop off the borough's 2009-10 payment of $7,140 to the agency later this week. Ford City owes Town and Country a partial payment from 2008-09 of $3,400. The agency board took no action yesterday that would forgive the borough from having to pay the outstanding amount.

In other business:

• Town and Country plans to erect eight or nine bus shelters throughout the county, in the hope that local businesses will purchase advertising on them, said general manager Scott Kloes. PennDOT has funding available for the shelters, he said.

Kloes wants two each in Ford City and Kittanning. A shelter in front of West Kittanning's borough building should be up at the end of this month, he said.

"They do make great places to put advertising," he said.

Lux said some business owners Ford City seemed interested in advertising in the shelters.

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