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RVT Building October 23, 2021. DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

River Valley Transit management has vowed to redress past indiscretions that auditors and investigators believe may have been committed in a prior administration and to follow recommendations from the State Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to maintain service. bus and tourist in good working order.

Audits and other evidence are being received in connection with a criminal investigation led by State Attorney General Josh Shapiro into the prior management administration of River Valley Transit and those of affiliated entities involving millions of dollars in state and federal grants.

Continued steps to ensure current bus service management has followed a proper and legal course, with City Council on Thursday approving RKL’s $35,000 audit of River Valley Transit for the years 2020 and 2021, as recommended by the city’s new Transit Oversight Committee.

RKL auditors said the figures given in the previous audit indicated the obvious “fraud and non-compliance” with state law.

A transit consultant will work closely with River Valley Transit to ensure proper legal follow-up of compliance issues and collaboration with State Department of Transportation (PennDOT) regulations.

From this will flow a strategic plan and cross-jurisdictional support so that what is delivered by the grants can be quantified and the mixing of grant funds and other city dollars does not happen again. Additionally, various roles and responsibilities will be outlined, including a controller at River Valley Transit.

On Feb. 17, a public hearing at 7 p.m. will be held under the possible formation of an authority to further oversee River Valley Transit.

Board Chairman Adam Yoder said the board and management have confidence in the audit firm’s future.

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Melvin Z. Madore