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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • State owes Abilities Plus nearly $100,000 in transportation funding

  •  Mike Zerull, executive director of Abilities Plus informed the Henry County Board at its April 17 meeting that Henry County Public Transportation funding for fiscal year 2012 is $431,458 and that state payments are behind approximately $100,000.


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  •  Mike Zerull, executive director of Abilities Plus informed the Henry County Board at its April 17 meeting that Henry County Public Transportation funding for fiscal year 2012 is $431,458 and that state payments are behind approximately $100,000.
    In fiscal year 2011, the agency provided 35,910 trips, 5,478 more than in 2010 and 11,000 more than in 2009. They drove more than 188,000 passenger miles.
    Staff includes one full-time coordinator, nine part-time drivers, one substitute driver and part-time dispatchers.
    The fleet includes 15 vans, all wheelchair accessible. In the past year, the agency applied for and received four new mini-vans and one 14-passenger vehicle.
    Mark Hunt of the Bi-State Regional Commission gave a presentation on an Economical Development Association/U.S. Department of Agriculture grant opportunity. After a lengthy discussion the board approved spending $20,000 per year for three years beginning in 2012 in an effort to qualify for a $715,000 grant for economic development. For the first year, the $20,000 will be taken from the county’s contingency fund.
    In other business:
    • The board confirmed the reappointment of Jacki Catour to the Colona Fire District, term from April 1, 2012 to April 30, 2015, and the reappointment of Gary Sierens to the Alba-Annawan Fire District, term from April 1, 2012 to April 30, 2015.
    • The board also confirmed the appointment of Dennis Sullivan to the Region 2 Transit Advisory Board, term from April 17, 2012 to November 30, 2012.
    • The board learned that Hillcrest Home once again has the lowest daily cost of all nursing homes on the list for each level of care, and is one of only three nursing homes on the eight-home list rated at five stars. The last payment received from Public Aid was for September 2011 for $149,492. Hillcrest Home is owed $701,643.
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