St. Clair County Commission 2018

The St. Clair County Commission is shown during a 2018 meeting. 

ASHVILLE – The St. Clair County Commission held a public hearing concerning public transportation before the start of its regular meeting Tuesday.

Janet Peoples, assistant director with the Public Transportation Department, said the department was reapplying for two grants from the Alabama Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2019.

“Both are annual grants that offer financial assistance to provide public transportation services for the residents of St. Clair County,” Peoples said. “The first grant is Section 5311, which helps us to fund our operations, which is the drivers and maintenance; administrative, which is the office staff; and then the purchase of the buses used to transport residents.”

Peoples said the second grant is for the Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) program.

“This program helps provide services to residents who need transportation to and from their jobs or who are actively seeking work in St. Clair County,” Peoples said.

County attorney James Hill III said these are grants the department typically receives and applies for on an annual basis.

“It does require a public hearing,” Hill said. “If there is any public comment, we will entertain it now.”

With no comment made, the public hearing came to a close.

Commission Chairman Paul Manning said he appreciates the service public transportation provides for residents of St. Clair County.

Once the meeting started, the commission approved a resolution to submit the application, as well as all related agreements and documents in connection with the grant program for 5311 Public Transportation and JARC.

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