It’s a happier day at Coast RTA as Horry County Councilmen appear to have agreed Tuesday to terms in a 2015 funding agreement with the embattled transit that’s been under state and local scrutiny for about a year.
The agreement, which needs approval next week by the Coast RTA board, assures the transit will receive quarterly payments from the county that add up to more than $1 million for the year, as long as the agency abides by terms of the agreement. Those terms include more accountability to the council, allowing the council to approve the employment contract when it finds a new general manager, a requirement that Coast update a 2010 transportation development plan and that a forensic audit performed on the agency.
Hugs and handshakes were abundant in the area outside council chambers after the vote by Coast technicians, administrative staff members and board members as many knew how Coast executives, like Julie Norton-Dew, interim general manager, struggled to ensure routes would not be cut by July, the first of Coast two busiest months.
“It’s a sigh of relief,” Norton-Dew said. “I am so excited that we were able to work this out with Horry County.”
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