WEIRTON — Members of the board of directors of Weirton Transit Corp. are continuing their efforts to grow the transit provider, including planning to move their operations to a new location.
Weirton Transit currently has offices in the Weirton Municipal Building, parking buses in the Municipal Square and other city-owned locations, but officials have worked in recent months to develop a lease with Lauttamus Communications to use part from the company building on Cove La Hill Road.
Phil Gilcrest, director of the WTC, noted at Wednesday’s board meeting that a proposed lease was undergoing legal review, though board members noted they had a few more questions before we’re ready to sign.
One of the main factors for the proposed site is increased security for Transit employees and vehicles.
“The buses will be in a locked and secure area”, Gilcrest added that security cameras would be on site.
Board members agreed that the added security is a major selling point for them, but several expressed the need for more information on areas such as liability insurance costs and the use of phone service lines. and Internet. Snow removal was also brought up, with members explaining that the WTC should contract with a service.
Although the matter was, once again, tabled on Wednesday, board member Debbie Larch expressed concern about delaying the deal much longer.
“It’s been several months” she says.
On Wednesday, the board also welcomed new member Frank Bohach, approving him for a seat on the board after a 23-minute executive session.
Bohach has a history in transportation, including time operating non-medical transportation for Hancock County Senior Services, driving a shuttle at Pittsburgh International Airport, and seven years with Coach USA, as well as dispatch and supervision experience.
Bohach said he felt transit service was needed in the community and understood the council’s hope for expansion.
“He must be able to grow and develop” he said.
The board also named Flora Perrone as vice-president, a position that has been vacant since December. Perrone, who is Ward 5’s representative on Weirton Council, has served on council for nearly two years.