Shelbyville Daily Union

May 14, 2013

Public Transit looking to expand services

Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — The Central Illinois Public Transit is looking to expand its services as CEFS transportation director Kristy Warfel presented an application for approval at the Shelby County Board meeting.

The Job Access Reverse Commute Access (JARC) program would aid workers in getting to and from the workplace, especially jobs in other communities.

“This would help those in rural areas working a minimum wage job who cannot afford the gas to get to and from their jobs,” explained board chairman Bruce Cannon.

The CIPT program provides transportation for a minimal charge to a six-county area for those who need transportation to doctor’s appointments or shopping trips. The JARC program expand the hours for transportation to take people to work and home again.

A $193,900 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation is giving the opportunity for service expansion.

The board approved the application and a purchase of service agreement that was presented at last month’s meeting.

Cannon announced that the purchase of the Public Transit facility is complete and Warfel reported that there was $125,000 extra in the IDOT capital grant.

“We plan to purchase some digital radios and do some other facility work,” she said.

In other business, the board approved the following petitions and resolutions presented by County Engineer Alan Spesard:

- Replace a pipe culvert in Ash Grove Township at an estimated cost of $3,000

- Repair a Lakewood Township a water-damaged bridge located 5 miles northwest of Cowden at a cost of $300,000 to be shared 80 percent federal funds, 16 percent state, and 4 percent shared by the township and county

- Resolution for Henderson & Associates to provide consulting services for the Lakewood Township bridge repair. Costs will be shared 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent local.

- Resolution for Collins Engineering, Inc. to provide underwater consulting services for Findlay Bridge inspection. The engineers will be inspecting the 41 footings for the bridge, which is done on a routine basis. “We have never had any problems in the past and I don’t foresee any problems. This is an inspection that has to be done,” Spesard said.

- Resolution to award a construction contract for a Shelbyville Township railroad crossing approach.

- Resolution to declare a 1988 Ford Tandem dump truck as surplus property

Spesard also reported that his department has received a $160,000 Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) grant for infrastructure improvements in the county.

“Senator Chapin Rose was instrumental in getting this grant,” Spesard said.