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SENIORS VAN WITHIN SIGHT 10-19-11 LMS

After a two year wait, a badly needed new van for the Senior Citizens is almost here thanks to joint efforts which include both the city and the county.

Community Transportation Association of Idaho Board member JoAnn Wolters gave the Salmon City Council an update on the van thatís being made possible in part by an Americans with Disabilities Act Grant through the Idaho Transportation Department. The grant money was released two weeks ago.

Wolters said Lemhi County is providing the matching funds along with additional funding and US Bank is also donating to the cause. Wolters said additional donations are more than welcome and will be greatly appreciated.

She said the county has been providing vehicle maintenance and insurance on the seniorsí van for many years and will continue to do so. The very old and literally Ďsenior vaní has been a real road warrior and with the excellent mechanical care itís had has served for at least 20 years. Wolters said she is hoping the new van will match the old oneís performance record.

Wolters thanked the city for its part in helping to secure the new van by agreeing in the application process to be the grantís fiscal administrator. Now that the two year process of securing the grant is drawing to a successful close the city would like to pass on the grant administrative duties to the county once it is officially confirmed the county is willing to take the job.

Since time is of the essence the City Council gave Mayor Leo Marshall the authority to sign off on an administrative agreement between the county and the city whenever the paper work is done. Delays would put van costs into next yearís higher price bracket. A request for vehicle bids has been issued and results are being awaited.

Wolters also thanked the city for its support of the Scenic Byway project.

According to Wolters the University of Idaho is offering the services of ten to 12 students next March during Spring break. Instead of taking a Spring vacation the universityís students are going to be going to communities throughout the state where help is needed. She said project ideas are being gathered to keep the students busy while they are here and ideas are welcome. The number to call with suggestions is 993-0178.


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