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Ellinwood Commission on Aging acquires new van
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ELLINWOOD — The Ellinwood Commission on Aging has a new used minivan which will be used to transport seniors and others who need a ride in Ellinwood.
The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander minivan was purchased for $32,000 and is wheel chair accessible. The middle row bench seat was removed and there is room for two wheelchairs. There is a ramp for access.
The van was purchased with a grant and donations and approved by the Ellinwood City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
The cost to ride in the vehicle is 75 cents each way. To Great Bend, it is $10 flat for one location and 75 cents for each additional location. Although the vehicle is primarily used by the elderly, it can also be used as general transportation.
To reserve the bus, call the Heritage Center, 620-564-1649 one day in advance to make reservations. The bus is driven by volunteers.
The old 1993 nine passenger mini-bus will be sold.
In his report at the council meeting, City Administrator Robert Peter said that the street signs are up on Main Street and Santa Fe.
In addition, Peter suggested the city purchase of security cameras for various areas in the community, including the Main Street area, park and city offices. Discussion was tabled.
In final business, the council:
•Heard that four new volunteers were interested in joining the Fire Department. The Fire Department will pay for the uniforms.
•Approved Cereal Malt Beverage licenses for six businesses.
•Heard Emergency Medical Services now has a Facebook page.
•Moved the regular city council meeting to 6 p.m. on Jan. 15 to allow for completion of the year-end bookkeeping.
Finally, the city council held an executive session to discuss the purchase of  property. No action was taken.