The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 20, 2013

ACTS Saturday hours to be restored in January

Staff Writer

JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County Transportation System (ACTS) plans to restore its Saturday hours come January.

Ashtabula County Commissioners scheduled a public hearing on the matter at Tuesday’s regular session. The purpose of the meeting is to get the public’s feedback on the proposed change and reinstatement of Saturday deviated bus routes.

ACTS will operate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays within the City of Ashtabula and adjacent townships.

The county contracts with MV Contract Transportation out of California for transportation services for ACTS. When the county requested new contract proposals for transportation services, MV came in lower than expected, allowing for the Saturday service to be reinstated, said County Administrator Janet Discher.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the offices of the Ashtabula City Council Chambers. Public comments will also be accepted in writing until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2014.

Changes to the bus routes will be effective Jan. 18, 2014.

In other business, commissioners approved:

• A resolution accepting a letter of arrangement with Canter and Associates, Inc. for auditing services for fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2013. The cost is not to exceed $32,500 and will begin immediately until the anticipated audit closing on May 31, 2014;

• A resolution approving a training agreement with the University of Cincinnati Research Institute for cognitive behavioral interventions for substance abuse training for up to 18 staff members of the Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. The three-day training will cost no more than $9,000 and will be paid for by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board;

• A resolution approving a warranty agreement with Cott Systems, Inc. for an integrated land records system for the Ashtabula County Recorder’s Office. Cost for the agreement is not to exceed $4,125 for a period of six months retroactive to Oct. 21; and,

• A resolution approving the seventh amendment to the certificate of estimated resources for Ashtabula County to include the local match for the Ashtabula County Drug Court grant in the amount of $22,000.

Commissioners also approved a number of financial transactions for the county including additional appropriations for health insurance for Conneaut Municipal Court in the amount of $2,331; moving $5,000 within the Ashtabula County Engineer’s Office fund for salaries; appropriations of $7,139 for projects for fiscal year 2012 CDBG formula; appropriations of $20,735 for the new Drug Court grant including $5,120 for salaries; appropriations of $265,000 for the Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services project; appropriations of $8,394 for health insurance for the dog and kennel fund; appropriations of $4,370 for a trustee fee for the 503 Corp; additional appropriations of $100,829 for Children Services including $3,000 for salaries; and a $195,589 appropriation for debt payments for the Geneva State Park Lodge. A $37,932 appropriation was also transferred out of the ACDJFS fund to a bond fund.