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County to apply for new van, transportation technology

County to apply for new van, transportation technology

County Commissioners Board Room / Courthouse stock

YORK – York County will be getting a new wheelchair-equipped minivan – hopefully – and it will also be 100 percent funded by federal/state money (again, hopefully).

Lori Byers, director of the county’s aging services and public transportation system, brought the opportunity to the commissioners earlier, after she learned of the availability of these funds for these purchases.

“If we apply now, and this goes through, it would be replaced by 100 percent of the price being covered,” Byers said.

The proposed new $48,000 van would be able to transport someone with a wheelchair device, she said. “If you sign the resolution today, we will publish a legal for a hearing, hold a hearing and then submit an application to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Then, the back-up vehicle would be sold and the oldest vehicle would become the back-up with this new van becoming the lead.”

The commissioners agreed to start the process.

Then there is the anticipated acquisition of exciting new software that will streamline and track their transportation dispatching, as well as provide for more efficient payment acceptance and accounting practices.

Byers said the NDOT would reimburse the county for 100 percent of the cost. It is $35,000 for the start-up, that would be reimbursed 100 percent, Byers said.

“The NDOT wants everyone to have this,” Byers continued. “And then there are the annual costs, would be $10,830 a year. NDOT would reimburse 100 percent for the first year and then 90 percent after that each year, in a 5-year contract. The county will have to purchase some tablets as well, and those would be reimbursed 100 percent.”

The commissioners agreed to sign the software contract and the agreement that will get the process started.

“And we also want to thank you for bringing forward the information about the purchase of this vehicle,” they said. “This is going to be a good thing.”

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