Commissioners assure transit service for 2014
Carbon County is making sure that transportation is available to people who need a ride.
During the county commissioners meeting on Thursday, the board voted on four items that will guarantee that the Carbon County Community Transit services would be in place for 2014.
The actions included adopting a local match certification resolution for fiscal year 2013-2014, section 1513 in the amount of $32,257; adopt the 2014 local match operating resolution certifying operating assistance of $221,076 and listing matching funds of no less than $32,257; ratify the acceptance of federal fiscal year 2013 certifications and assurances for federal transit administration assistance programs; and approve the acceptance of special sections 5333(b) warranty for application to the Small Urban and Rural Program Labor Provisions Assurance form.
Commissioner William O'Gurek explained that the actions by the board will allow the county to continue maintaining its two ride programs the shared ride and Lynx bus services, operated and managed by Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA).
Currently, the county's transportation budget is $2.9 million, which is made up of a small portion of county funds, with the rest by state and federal funding through the Pennsylvania Lottery, Area Agency on Aging, Department of Public Welfare, and grants for persons with disabilities.
The programs in place are available to individuals if they meet requirements to receive the services for free or if they will pay a minimal fee for the ride.
CCCT offers Carbon County residents public transportation within the county and to several points outside of the county, including areas such as Frackville, Hazleton, Walnutport, and the Lehigh Valley Mall in Lehigh County.
Services are provided Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Customers must apply before being able to use the service. For more information on times of services or reserving a ride, call the Easton Coach Company in Nesquehoning at (570) 669-6380 or visit www.carboncounty.com/transport.htm.
In other county matters, the commissioners approved the following items:
• Appoint David R. Hawk of Lehighton to the Environmental Education Center Commission.
• Rescind a motion adopted on May 16, notifying Franklin Township that the county wishes to exercise the right to participate in negotiations with payment of delinquent real estate taxes on a property at 16 Willow St., Lehighton. The county has received information that the demolition of the blighted property is going to be partially covered by Community Development Block Grant funds; and as such, the county is waiving their right to participate in the negotiations.
• Approve the 2013 Workforce Investment Area financial agreements, commencing July 1 through June 30, 2014 for employment and training and related administrative services between Carbon County and Pike and Wayne counties. Pike's maximum payment shall not exceed $407,799.68; and Wayne, $383,797.