The Ottumwa Courier

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January 3, 2014

10-15 Transit transitioning into new year

OTTUMWA — Since early November 2013, 10-15 Transit has almost been doing more transitioning than transporting in southeast Iowa.

The City of Ottumwa had been providing management services for 10-15 since 1992, but in early November 2013, it was announced that 10-15 was separating to become its own company. Now they manage all of their operations and 38 employees in house, which has created some hoops to jump through for interim Director Jay Allison and his crew.

“We’re still the same company we were except now we do things like payroll and bills ourselves,” he said.

When 10-15 was managed by the City of Ottumwa, all of the bills, payment of employees and other management tasks were handled by the City. Now 10-15 has to do it all themselves, and it has definitely been tiring for Allison and the other employees.

“We are still kind of trying to play catch up,” Allison said.

Since the separation was announced, 10-15 had to figure out how to set up vendors, bank accounts, employee plans like retirement and other things that businesses have to control for themselves. Luckily, though, they did not have to mess with the added stresses of finding a new building to work from. Their offices are still located where they were when the city provided management, at 2417 S. Emma St.

Although the transition period has been hectic and at times has seemed like they are working one step forward and two steps back, Allison expects things to slow down and become easier once they figure some things out and iron out some wrinkles.

“I give it a month or so,” he said. “When we get through January things will get smoother.”

Even with all of the catch up that 10-15 has been playing since making the transition into its own company, they are still finding ways to grow. They are currently working with the United Way and the City of Oskaloosa on proposals that would create a fixed route between there and Ottumwa. Once they can get FEMA concurrence with the plan and the Oskaloosa City Council approves, they should be able to take steps toward adding the route.

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