MOUNT VERNON — Meeting in regular session Tuesday, the Knox Area Transit board formally thanked retired board member Dorothy Parker. Chairman John Booth presented her with a plaque as well as a resolution from the Knox County commissioners commending Parker for her eight years of dedicated service.
The board also had a resolution and plaque for employee Gene Phillips, who was unable to attend the meeting.
Transit administrator Hilary Patterson, in discussing the budget, said the agency had a clean audit and reported expenditures are “in budget” so far this year. She said two vehicles previously approved for purchase have been ordered and should be here in about 120 days.
Patterson and the board talked about the current driver shortage — KAT is down two or three, she said. She said some drivers are leaving and some are off due to medical reasons. “Everyone has pulled together,” she said, “to keep operations going.” There are currently 36 drivers. One new full-time driver and one part-time driver have been employed and Patterson said she will be in contact with Opportunity Knox to encourage applications.
Patterson said they are evaluating the current route schedules to determine where changes might be beneficial, and rider surveys will be sent out to local agencies which use KAT services for their input.
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