By: Diane Benjamin
The bills approved for payment at the September Connect Transit Board meeting are included here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zAZemF_qQuOUc3ckRxVGZfUWM/view
Toward the bottom of the list is this:
These card charges total $11,209.28.
I did A FOIA request for the last three months of Commerce Bank card charges. See them here: Commerce-Bank-statements
These charges are from the statement is dated 7/18, pages 2-6. Travel expenses include trips to Arizona, Virginia, and Michigan. Others may be listed, it’s not easy to tell from the statement.
The May Report for the June meeting shows NO spending on Visa Cards http://www.connect-transit.com/documents/June%2028%202016%20Regular%20Board%20Meeting%20Binder1.pdf
April bills show travel of: http://www.connect-transit.com/documents/May%2024,%202016%20Regular%20Board%20Agenda%20Binder1.pdf
Somehow the exact same amount is listed for July: http://www.connect-transit.com/documents/August%2023,%202016%20Reguar%20Board%20Meeting%20Binder1.pdf
The statement with charges from July and August (pages 7-12) show travel to New York, Minnesota, Colorado, and North Dakota.
The August and September statement (pages 13-19) has travel to California, Moline Il, Dairy Queen (180.30), and Advocate Healthcare (75.00).
Many of these trips show more than one person traveled to the same place.
Ridership continues to decline and the losses are massive. What do they learn from traveling?
(How to spend the exact same amount two months in a row?)