Cumberland Times-News

October 9, 2013

PVTA will be drastically impacted by shutdown

MARLA PISCIOTTA
Cumberland Times-News

— ROMNEY, W.Va. — Hampshire County Commissioner Dave Parker told his colleagues if the federal government shutdown continues much longer, it will drastically impact the Potomac Valley Transit Authority.

Parker was reporting to the commission on a PVTA meeting he attended.

The PVTA serves Hampshire, Mineral, Grant, Hardy and Pendleton counties.

Jay Carter is general manager.

Carter said Wednesday that PVTA provides an average of 100,000 rides annually.

“We operate on a reimbursement basis receiving federal and state funds through the West Virginia Division of Public Transit,” Carter said.

Carter said PVTA is reimbursed monthly when data is submitted.

“We were notified last week due to the federal shutdown that reimbursements wouldn’t be processed until at least Oct. 21,” Carter said.

If the situation isn’t resolved, that date could be pushed off even further.

“We’ve been able to develop a reserve to get us through for several months. I’m concerned about it but I think we’ll be OK,” Carter said.

PVTA is the bus facility that transports workers to Rubbermaid in Winchester, Va., Pilgrim’s Pride in Moorefield and to various places in Cumberland.

In other business, the commission gave Hampshire County $5,000 toward the purchase of lights for Central Hampshire Park located behind the Augusta Volunteer Fire Department.

Larry See heads Hampshire County Parks and Recreation.

See provided a list of 15 LED displays, including a nativity, elf and Santa in a fire engine.

Parks and rec has allocated $5,000 from county funds toward the project, which is estimated to cost in excess of $10,000 including shipping, trailer storage and $2,000 in electrical upgrades at the park.

See said he is confident the lights would be in place for people to drive through and enjoy them this holiday season.

The target date is Nov. 30.  Opening for the light ridge will be held Thursday through Sunday.

Commission president Bob Hott said, “We want people to look at our county. We have to step out and do these things.”

County resident Robin Mills presented his idea for a detailed recycling program.  

Mills’ idea is to provide curbside collection 10 times a year. He said, “Everyone keeps talking about recycling but it never gets done.”

The commission said it would deliberate the issue and get back to Mills.

Other issues included:

• Commission signed a grant application for prevention resource officer.

• An Oct. 31 meeting at the fire hall to discuss the old hospital.

• Commission approved the GFWC to plant potted spruce trees at the Judicial Building.

• Possible replacement of the tree in front of the courthouse.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. at the courthouse.

Contact Marla Pisciotta at marlapisciotta@frontier.com.