The Press Newspaper
The Lake Township trustees have agreed to continue financial support for the Community Care-A-Van service, which provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical and related appointments.
The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contribute $2,000 to the program that services residents in area communities who lack transportation.
The van service area includes East Toledo, Oregon, Walbridge, Northwood, Lake Township, Millbury, and Jerusalem Township.
The program is in its seventh year.
From July, 2009 to March, 2010, the service made 1,624 trips. Almost half of those were for residents between 65 and 74 years old. In that time, almost 60 percent of users were residents of the 43605 ZIP code and 28 percent were from the 43616 ZIP code.
Women were transported on 1,064 trips and men were transported on 560 trips.
In addition to contributions from local governments and donations from users, the service is also supported by United Way.
The agreement will be in effect April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011.
Walbridge officials had received an offer from Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn for dispatching service for the police department for approximately $31,000 a year.
In January, the township trustees renewed a one-year contract with LifeStar for dispatching service that included a 3 percent increase, raising the cost to $21,060 per month.
The company provides 24-hour dispatching service for fire, police, and emergency medical service calls. The service is shared by the township and village and City of Rossford with costs split by the percentage of calls for each.
Last year, Rossford paid $10,185 per month and Walbridge paid $5,267 per month.
The township also maintains the dispatching center at the administration building on Cummings Road.
The township trustees agreed to assume the 3 percent increase rather than pass it on to Walbridge and Rossford but village officials, noting that call volume in the village had declined, pressed for a lower rate for the service.
To counter the offer from the sheriff’s department, the trustees agreed to reduce the village’s monthly charge to $4,041.