Commissioners OK funds for public transit authority

WELLSBORO – The Tioga County Commissioners adopted a resolution granting a local fund match for the Endless Mountains Transportation Authority in the amount of $30,921.

“According to the agreement it is to be paid in two installments after the first of the year, and amounts to $3,000 more than previous agreements,” said Commissioner Mark Hamilton.

The same resolution also was adopted by Sullivan and Bradford counties, Hamilton added.

Last year, Hamilton noted, EMTA changed their name to BEST which stands for Bradford Endless Mountains Sullivan Tioga Transit.

According to Ed Boardman, marketing manager for BEST, as it is now known, the new logo and name are a “fresh new way to refocus on the communities it serves.”

“BEST is a rural multi-county public transit agency situated along the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania that services 2,700 square miles,” Boardman added.

Also, so they can get their costs down, Hamilton said, they have transferred their busses over to compressed natural gas and are considering some rerouting in the near future.

“They are going to try joining with River Valley Transit with a bus route to Williamsport by switching buses at the county borders from BEST to River Valley. It should better serve our citizens,” Hamilton said.

Boardman noted that BEST already has a bus route that runs to Lycoming Mall on odd-dated Tuesdays and one that goes to the Arnot Mall in Big Flats, N.Y., on even-dated Tuesdays.

“This would be something that would enhance that route that we already have,” Boardman said.

In other business, commissioners:

*Appointed Nancy Smith as Deputy Tax Collector for Carol Paradowski, Sullivan Township Tax Collector for the term of January 2014 to December 2018.

*Accepted a bid from Renea’s Mowing Service for mowing the three county dams. The price includes mowing and spaying perimeters for weeds at each dam twice in 2014, and a one-time tree removal and disposal fee of $7,950.

* Created a scanning clerk position in the county Veteran’s Affairs office and agreed to pay the person already doing the work during the summer months while she is off school when she cannot be paid by the Veteran’s Administration. “So we are putting her on as temporary only for a short time, to continue copying VA records, the older ones and as they come in,” said county clerk Derek Williams.

“We are still kind of overwhelmed at how much is down there,” he added. “Our county has exceeded over a million dollars plus each year to the veterans,” Commissioner Erick Coolidge added. “These records make it much more accessible so we are actually enhancing access to that information.”

*Approved an agreement with UGI for natural gas service installation at the new 911 communications building for $3,361.