|LEMHI RIDE 1ST YEAR STATISTICS|
RIDING HIGH 6-27-16 LMS
A total of 10,226 rides have been counted during the first year of Lemhi Ride services.
Lemhi Ride Operations Manager Candy Stenersen told the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday, June 27, that the ten thousand plus figure outdistances the annual 6,500 rides per year accumulated by TRPTA (Targhee Regional Transportation Authority), the area’s former busing service.
Stenersen said that senior citizens over 60 years of age used the 2000 free rides made possible by the original Idaho Commission on Aging (ICAP) grant. When those were gone ICAP provided an additional 2000 free rides and all of those were used. Thanks to a private donation of $500 the free rides will continue until July 1 when a newly signed ICAP contract will take effect.
Stenersen said ride priorities are; medically related reasons, grocery shopping and senior lunches. The charge for other errand destinations is $2.00. Lemhi Ride is under the auspices of the Lemhi County Economic Development Association (LCEDA).
LCEDA Executive Director Tammy Stringham said contracts created for Lemhi Ride services are eligible for matched funding which basically doubles the original amount. As a result, as many services as possible are contracted.
The vans promised to Lemhi Ride by TRPTA never materialized. Stringham said Lemhi Ride is shopping for a minivan which will be less expensive to operate. She said as long as federal grant monies are involved the van has to be American Disabilities Act (ADA) equipped.
Stringham also mentioned that Lemhi Ride needs to tie in with Emergency Services as to how the buses can serve in an emergency. She said an appointment will be made to speak with Lemhi County Emergency Services Director Janet Nelson.
Search & Rescue Commander Ray Stevenson informed the commissioners of an important equipment need. He said lights on the S&R Extrication truck only work intermittently and the whole outdated lighting system needs to be replaced with LED lights. He said unfortunately S&R funding has run out for the year and he asked if the county could help.
After explaining the importance of having reliable, bright lights to alert drivers about the presence of emergency vehicles and personnel working an accident scene, Commissioner Ken Miner made a motion to provide the $1,499.85 expenditure from the County Contingency Fund. The motion was unanimously approved.
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