MOVTA elects new officers

PARKERSBURG -Belinda Fetty is the new president of the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors.

Fetty, the board’s vice president, was the only nomination for board president at Tuesday’s meeting and accepted the position.

Board member Charles Harris and board president Joe Roedersheimer were nominated for the vice president’s position. Board members voted 4 to 2 with Roedersheimer winning the election.

Harris, board member Sam Baldwin and board member Paul Thornton were nominated to fill the secretary’s position. Harris and Baldwin declined the nominations, and Thornton accepted the position.

Harris, Baldwin and board member Glenn Henson were nominated for board treasurer. Harris and Baldwin declined the nominations, and Henson accepted the position.

New board positions are effective as of the May meeting, said MOV Transit Authority general manager Tim Thomas.

Progression on the new maintenance garage on Plum Street, adjacent to Foodland, is ahead of schedule, Thomas said.

Construction crews are laying pipes along the area, Thomas said. In the next two weeks, they should be installing underground utilities at the site, he said.

The metal frame of the building is due to arrive the first week of June, Thomas said.

The MOV Transit Authority has arranged for the maintenance building to be more than 90 feet from Plum Street, which it shares with Jefferson Elementary Center, Thomas said.

“We want to be good neighbors with the school and are working with them closely to make certain that our presence won’t cause any interruption to the school,” Thomas said.

A decorative fence and line of shrubs will prevent students from accessing the maintenance grounds, Thomas said.

With the exception of the bus with a deviation route that takes it along Plum Street if the main route is closed, no buses will be on Plum Street, Thomas said.

Buses will arrive along Seventh Street, then turn onto Liberty Street and turn again on 12th Street to reach the maintenance garage, Thomas said.

Plans for the grounds include extending the sidewalk to create a bike path along the property, Thomas said. The transit authority is working with Jefferson Elementary Center, Parkersburg City Council and the local bike committee on this project, Thomas said.