Chair WCTS, Mark McFaul, County Councillors Brenda Shantz and Terry Van De Kraats with ‘The Big Cheque’ are all smiles!
The County of Wetaskiwin rides to the assistance of the Wetaskiwin Community Transportation Society
The groups that benefit directly from the Wetaskiwin transportation system are seniors and people with special needs and indirectly, their families/caregivers. The County of Wetaskiwin recognizing the value of having an effective transportation system invested $10,000 in the Wetaskiwin Community Transportation Society to assist with ensuring subsidizing travel is available to those who require it.
Mark McFaul, Chair of the Society expressed his gratitude to the County. “The Society values and appreciates the working relationship with the County. This $10,000 investment in our operation makes an important difference in the level of service we can provide to the local residents. It’s just another example of what can be achieved with the City of Wetaskiwin and County working together to provide a service.”
The cheque presentation from the County to the Wetaskiwin Community Transportation Society is the County’s contribution through the County FCSS program to the WCTS. The County contributes to the Society enabling their residents using the handi-van can get a subsidized charter rate of $17.50/hour and $0.24 a kilometer. The County also acknowledges that many former County residents have re-located to seniors’ complexes in Wetaskiwin and require the handi-van services. Byron King, Transportation and Grants Coordinator, WCTS explains, “As such, the County contributes to the WCTS to help it continue operations and thus ensure that their former residents can have transportation service in the City.”
County resident’s access to WCTS handi vans explained by King.
“The main county residents we cater to are those who live in the divisions bordering the City. That said, we have gone as far as past Highway 2 and currently have a regular client who lives just before Highway 2. To access Wetaskiwin Transit all they have to do is make sure they have registered and paid their annual membership fee, (just like City users), and then call dispatch at 780-312-7433, 48 business hours before their trip to make a booking.
Just as with City users, the resident must be 55+ and/or medically unable to legally drive, (i.e. they suffer from narcolepsy or they broke their left leg and their vehicle is a standard), in order to use Wetaskiwin Transit.”