By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The county transit system agreement will be reviewed by local boards and the county commission before a three year commitment is official.
During the Feb. 12 county commission meeting, freshman commissioner Tim Zorc pulled an item about the Senior Resource Association's agreement with the county to run the GoLine bus system from the consent agenda for discussion.
As a result, the commission voted 5-0 to extend the agreement until September to remain in compliance with state law, but requested the process to renew a contract be sent through citizen advisory boards and transportation boards before coming back to the commission for a longer approval period.
Members of the community, including Sebastian City Councilwoman Andrea Coy, were concerned about transparency issues and thorough vetting of the paperwork that outlines the county's requirements for the community transportation coordinator, which is currently the Senior Resource Association.
Commissioners agreed that the county's boards should look at the agreement and come up with a recommendation before the three-year, $1.45 million agreement is settled.
Phil Matson, staff director for the metropolitan planning organization, said the agreement is required by state law because the community transportation coordinator receives "pass through" funds from the federal government.
"The contracts with community transportation coordinators must be reviewed every five years," Mr. Matson said. "The county is currently undergoing such a process, which has included requests for letters of interest and proposals from companies wanting to take on the job."
According to Mr. Matson, the Senior Resource Association has been the only group pursuing the contract with the county at this time.
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