City Council passed an ordinance on final reading on Thursday to form a new River Valley Transit Authority.
The authority is to be overseen by five members, initially selected by Mayor Derek Slaughter, as “placeholders,” and then individuals who are interested in bus travel and all issues related to transit will be interviewed for possible consideration.
The authority is expected to begin operations officially July 1.
The authority formation helps the city to separate much of the duties and shared services formerly between River Valley Transit and the city and provide better oversight and decision-making as much of the bus services receive federal and state transportation grants and shared municipal contributions in order to operate the fleet and pay the staff.
Members of the transit union were assured by Adam Winder, River Valley Transit Authority general manager, that they will not lose their titles, status or benefits when the official transition takes place in the summer.
Council authorized a professional services agreement between the city and River Valley Transit Authority and Constellation Energy for natural gas provision.
Council awarded the purchase of Watchguard Body-Work Cameras and in-car video systems with related equipment from Motorola Solutions through Keystone Communications in Northumberland.
The package is $347,293, according to Justin Snyder, city police chief.
Costs for it will come from the American Rescue Plan funds, and the city also is exploring U.S. Department of Justice grants, he said.
Council passed a resolution agreement between the city and Pennsylvania College of Technology. John Markley, secretary of the Williamsport Veterans Memorial Park Committee, said that without the school students and instructors, the cost for the Veterans Memorial Park at West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive would not have been possible through donations alone.
Council passed a resolution to appoint Jon Sander, city engineer, as an environmental review certifying officer.
Council amended the use of ARPA funds to the Memorial Pool fund to install an upgraded electrical panel. Instead of the ARPA funds, the city will use $12,000 that was in the pool maintenance fund of donated money, said Scott Livermore, city public works director.