Transit Director

Director Shannon Rine announces plans for public hearings on new policies affecting Medina County Public Transit.

MEDINA – A new 30-day bus pass for Medina County Public Transit riders will be the subject of public meetings planned later this month in Medina and Brunswick.

The first meeting is scheduled at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 27 in the commissioner’s meeting room in the Medina County Administration Building in Medina. The second meeting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the multipurpose room at the Brunswick Recreation Center.

Transit Director Shannon Rine announced the public meetings to county commissioners Aug. 6 along with a new agency policy to better inform and involve citizens in the planning and implementation of changes in service and fares.

Rine said MCPT plans to begin offering the 30-day passes in order to encourage ridership on the fixed route buses which travel around Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth. The pass will allow for unlimited bus rides for 30 days and will be offered beginning Oct. 1 for $46 to regular riders and $23 to those eligible for discount fares.

MCPT now charges $1.50 for a one-way trip in those three cities and $4 for an all-day pass. Elderly and disabled riders pay 75 cents for a one-way trip.

Rine also reported that MCPT has been approved for a $1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Rine said the grant is the agency’s biggest each year and covers a significant portion of MCPT’s operating and maintenance costs. The application requires a $371,000 match from the county.

Water metersCounty commissioners approved a bid from Core & Main in Ashland to sell the county domestic water meters at a cost of $99,694. Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said the meters will be used to replenish the inventory of meters the department uses to supply residential water customers. Bids on the sale of water meters included one from Winsupply of Cleveland which was $6,000 lower than the Core & Main bid but was deemed to be in nonconformance to the bid specifications and was dismissed.

AppointeesCounty commissioners approved the reappointments of Nancy Pitz, Thomas Sass and Mary Vantz to three-year terms on the County Home Advisory Council. Pitz will serve a representative of the Medina County Metropolitan Housing Agency, Sass represents the general public and Vantz represents senior citizens.

AuctionCommissioners authorized the sale by Internet auction of surplus equipment no longer needed by some county agencies. Among the items being sold at auction are five vans owned by the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, a 2012 Chevy bus operated by the Medina County Public Transit and two ovens used by the Office for Older Adults.

Personnel expensesCommissioners authorized the travel expenses for some county employees to attend out-of-town meetings and training seminars. Among those expenses were $1,400 for three sheriff deputies to take a four-day class on interrogation techniques, $1,000 for three other deputies to take a three-day class on sexual abuse investigation, $1,200 for a Domestic Relations Court employee to attend a four-day program on court management, $1,050 for the sanitary engineer to attend a three-day seminar for government finance officers and $700 for a Juvenile Court magistrate to attend a three-day conference in Columbus.

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