The Belmont County commissioners on Tuesday learned of a new agency designed to provide coordinated transportation services throughout the county.
Senior Services Program Coordinator David Hacker announced the creation of Transportation Resources and Individualized Planning Services.
"This opens the door for us to access a multitude of grant dollars through the Ohio Department of Transportation and other sources," he said. "This includes coordination of grants for the administration of the plan, handicap and non-handicap accessible vehicles, software and hardware for services."
He said TRIPS allows access to federal dollars that are not currently used or are more difficult to access.
Hacker told commissioners the agency expands the service area for county transportation services for every agency wanting to participate. It encompasses rides for Senior Services, Job and Family Services, Veterans Services and for people needing a ride to work.
He said the new department will share administrative resources of Senior Services -such as dispatchers, coordinators and scheduling software. Receipts and expenditures will be managed as a separate entity with costs charged back with structured supporting documentation.
Hacker said other county agencies will participate via a memorandum of understanding designed by each department in conjunction with TRIPS.
The commission also met in executive session Tuesday before hiring Glen Gray as a replacement delivery worker/driver for the Barnesville Senior Center. In a separate executive session, they agreed to post internal notices for two public assistance case managers, an action that will lead to the recall of two laid-off workers.
Commissioners also approved the hiring of Michael Kinter as interim human resource manager.