MOVTA to continue non-emergency medical-related transportation

PARKERSBURG – The Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority board Tuesday announced a resolution with the Amalgamated Transit Union.

Tim Thomas, general manager of the MOVTA, said the resolution would amount to the Easy Rider bus system paying just over $16,400 to the union workers. Several board members were against paying the union dues in the compromise.

“That was the second proposal,” Thomas said. “I agreed to it.”

Board member Charles Harris said he was against paying the extra $1,488 in union dues.

The board voted on the agreement, with all voting in favor of settling and avoiding arbitration with the exception of Harris and board member Sam Baldwin.

The motion carried with the remaining five board members voting in favor. Board member Bill McClure was absent from the meeting.

The MOVTA board approved the purchase of a new company vehicle. The authority now owns a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer with more than 100,000 miles, Thomas said.

The Chevy Blazer was purchased in 2004. The vehicle is used by employees to attend meetings and run errands for the MOVTA. The board approved the purchase with a maximum price of $32,000 to spend.

“I’m going to go find the best vehicle for the best price,” Thomas said.

Thomas said the Easy Rider buses have transported 58 individuals since Aug. 12 through the non-emergency medical transportation. Those individuals must be Parkersburg or Vienna residents and are taken to doctor appointments, which can be in Marietta and Belpre.

Thomas said the services have been successful.

The Easy Rider buses also coordinated with the city of Vienna to bus people during the first Vienna Jazz Festival on Saturday.

“We intend to make that an annual event with some changes,” said Paul Thornton, Vienna city councilman and board member.

Thomas said the bus services are looking to help the cities more with those types of events.