The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

November 16, 2012

New paratransit van to increase service

Roof approved for Naval Air Station museum

OTTUMWA — Ottumwa Transit will be getting a new paratransit van to better aid those medically qualified for the service and to comply with DOT regulations.

“The discussion [at this week’s Ottumwa City Council meeting] centered on the large number of people that need the lift van service,” said City Administrator Joe Helfenberger. “If we turn down more than 5 percent of requests, we can lose federal and state funding we do get for the rest of the bus service, which would make it very difficult to be able to provide the services we do.”

As it stands, there are times Ottumwa Transit has to turn down riders because they simply don’t have a van available.

“Just because they call and say at 9 a.m. I have a doctor’s appointment, if we don’t have a van available to take them at that time, then we have to turn down the request,” said City Attorney Joni Keith. “We are limited on the number of requests we can turn down.”

Ridership numbers were surprising, Helfenberger said, since they were high for that particular service.

“We want to make sure we’re providing all of the services we possibly can for this type of service because it’s a basic necessity for some people,” Helfenberger said.

The paratransit services are for those who are medically qualified who are unable to ride the regular city bus. A rider has to be certified annually in order to ride the paratransit van.

“We have to individually certify each individual,” Keith said. “These vans are to take those people from door to door.”

The addition of this van will help the department to become compliant with DOT regulations and provide more service, Keith said.

“We’re continuing to strive to be completely compliant with all DOT regulations,” Keith said. “This is just one more element the DOT wants us to work on.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 0723 OTT Riverfront color photo -L -M Ideas flow at Riverfront Renaissance workshop OTTUMWA — Ideas flowed as freely as the river itself Tuesday evening as more than 100 Ottumwans shared their vision of what the riverfront can be.The Riverfront Renaissance design charrette, sponsored by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, drew p

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kids … not cash OTTUMWA — From a project that started with nothing, supporters created a top-notch education facility for at-risk youth. Someone in on the project from the beginning shared the story. Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker addressed a community advis

    July 22, 2014

  • Staying healthy during extreme heat OTTUMWA — After unusually cool temperatures last week, it may have been easy to forget how the heat of summer feels, but an incoming heat wave will quickly remind you. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the No.

    July 22, 2014

  • Shooting ruled homicide OTTUMWA — The death of a man shot in Wapello County has been ruled a homicide. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office on Monday received a 911 call of a shooting 4 miles southwest of Ottumwa. Deputies discovered Clinton Gus Leedom, 49, of Bloomfield, to

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT flood file photo Over $1 million to fight floods EDDYVILLE — It's not the way a town wants to get $1 million, but the damage suffered by Eddyville in recent floods has prompted the federal government to cut a check. Actually, it's Area 15 Regional Planning Commission, a community assistance agency

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Driver's license services temporarily suspended KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Treasurer’s Office has notified the Iowa Department of Transportation that it has suspended driver’s license services due to staffing issues in the county treasurer’s office. It is anticipated suspension of the services

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT Canoe Camp color photo -L -M -T Canoe Camp teaches water safety OTTUMWA — Six children at Pioneer Nature Area and Nature Center pond were making waves and getting wet as they flipped their canoes over in attempt to rescue each other. Since summertime and water activities go hand-in-hand, the goal of the activity

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 OTT Seth Techel mugshot -T Techel jury may begin deliberations Wednesday DAVENPORT — The jury in the third trial of a Wapello County man accused of murdering his wife may begin deliberations as early as Wednesday in Scott County, Davenport. The jury was excused mid-afternoon Tuesday while Judge Daniel Wilson, who continue

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three appointed to Board of Adjustment OTTUMWA — Three new faces will appear on Wapello County Board of Adjustment, thanks to help from the county’s newspaper of record, the Ottumwa Courier. Four applicants applied for the positions and three were selected. New members include Marcia Week

    July 22, 2014

  • Slain woman's boyfriend: I didn't kill her DAVENPORT — A married man who had an affair with a slain Wapello County woman testified this morning that he did not kill her. Jason Tinnes, a jailer who worked with the late Lisa Caldwell Techel, said their affair ended shortly before she died. Tinn

    July 22, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook