Roadblock: Less than 24 hours after county votes no, city rejects EMTA proposal

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ERIE, Pa. — The fight over the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority is at another stalemate with just one week left before the current charter expires.

After Erie County Council voted down a new proposal on Tuesday, Erie City Council voted no with a 4-3 vote during a regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall on Wednesday morning.

Neither City Council nor County Council members are sure what will happen in one week if a new charter isn’t in place.

They say the state may take over.

There’s also a lawsuit still in play that was filed by the city of Erie, asking a judge to force the county to follow through with their withdraw of EMTA funds.

Both councils continue to guarantee buses will run as usual, no matter what happens when the current charter expires on Sept. 14

James Winarski, Bob Merski, Curtis Jones Jr. and Casimir Kwiatkowski voted against the proposal which would have allowed city and county councils each to appoint four of the board’s nine members, with the final member being selected on a two-year alternating term selected by the mayor of Erie and the county executive.

The proposal also would have cut the charter from 50 years to 20 years.

David Brennan, Sonya Arrington and Melvin Whitherspoon voted in favor of it.

County Council members Edward DiMattio and Kathy Fatica were in attendance on Wednesday.

Both DiMattio and Fatica voted in favor of the proposal during Tuesday’s County Council meeting.

Some citizens in attendance Wednesday were fed up with the ongoing battle.

“It does not effect their lives in the least bit,” Millcreek Township resident Rebecca Pruveadenti said. “There is not one person on city or county council that depends on the buses to get to their jobs, doctors, schools, whatever.”

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