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City buying new senior citizens van

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 9:11 a.m. CDT

Morris will have a new Senior Citizens Van for public transportation sometime next week.

The Morris City Council approved the purchase of a new van for $34,500. The city’s current van broke down and cannot be saved, said Mayor Richard Kopczick. The van is used to transport for senior citizens who call for it. They are charged 25 cents a ride.

The current van was purchased through a state grant in the early 1990s, he said. The city looked at trying to obtain another grant for a new bus, but the timing did not work out. When the van died, the city would have only had four days to complete a 120-page grant application.

“We were going to wait until next year (and apply then), however we found this van in house,” said Kopczick.

The van the city is going to purchase is a 15-passenger van and has about 50,000 miles. The van is lower in height and has a ramp so it does not require the use of a lift for those with wheelchairs.

The mayor said Wednesday he hopes to have the van available for senior citizen use by the middle of next week.

Once the bus is operating again, it will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., according to the city’s website The van stops at several different locations throughout Morris. The cost is 25 cents per ride or a ride card may be purchased for $5 and is good for 25 rides.

To schedule a ride or with ride questions, contact the Department of Public Works at (815) 942-5063.

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