On Monday, August 20th, 2012 Council confirmed its support for the Morden Community Handi-van with funding towards their 2011 Handi-van deficit in the amount of $25,718. Contrary to a recent petition suggesting Town Council is questioning the importance of the Handi-van, Council has always been supportive and each year in advance commits to covering any deficit incurred.
“Morden Council recognizes the importance of the service the Morden Community Handi-van provides to the community and this resolution shows our continued commitment towards this organization,” said Mayor Ken Wiebe. “We appreciate the fact that this organization is run by a volunteer board and is supported by a number of volunteer drivers. By financially supporting them, we are encouraging them to continue providing the current level of service to our citizens,” continued Mayor Wiebe.
The Morden Community Handi-van receives a $20,000 grant towards operating costs from the Province of Manitoba. This funding has not changed for many years, so the Town is requesting the Association of Manitoba Municipalities lobby the Province to increase the funding. Costs to operate the Handi-van services continue to escalate each year due to increasing fuel, maintenance and wage costs. The Morden Community Handi-van would not be eligible for this provincial funding if the Town of Morden did not sponsor them. The fact that only 25% of the costs to run the Handi-van are covered by user fees confirms the need for funding support.
What is the service they provide?
Who is the service for?
The service is provided to all mobility disadvantaged persons, defined as – “Any individual who by reason of illness, injury, age, congenital malfunction or other permanent or temporary incapacity or disability is unable without special facility or special planning or design to utilize available transportation facilities.”