WRTA Agreement with Sharon addresses FTA funding

Board members discussed buying the Salvation Army building downtown.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Western Reserve Transit Authority will enter into an agreement with the city of Sharon for distribution of Federal Transit Administration funds.
A resolution was approved at Thursday's board meeting with an overwhelmingly positive response from board members.
"Finally," board member Anne Marie Nameth said, after the resolution was approved.
Sharon and Youngstown merged because of 2000 census results. It was necessary to develop an agreement to sub-allocate funding between WRTA and Sharon, the resolution said.
The Mercer funding split was also approved by the city of Sharon.
Salvation Army building
The board continues to try to buy the Salvation Army building on Mahoning Avenue, but some members said that the Salvation Army is being uncooperative.
Executive Director James J. Ferraro said this might be because the original price for the property was about $300,000, and it is less than $25,000 now.
He added that he requested information about the facility, but Salvation Army was "evasive."
Board member Michael Bosela said members should do anything they could to go the extra mile for the building, adding that the board should contact the city and suggest that the purchase will help improve the "corridor into the city."
The board approved three other resolutions at Thursday's meeting.
A resolution to purchase a fleet video surveillance system was approved.
In addition, one service vehicle will be purchased for $22,986.50 from Bob & amp; Chuck Eddy Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep.
WRTA will also enter into a five-year contract with Firestone Tire Company for the lease of bus tires.

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