Friday, April 7, 2000
Selectmen delay decision on donated van for RecCom
An anonymous donor of a van for use by the recreation commission will have to be patient a little longer. After hearing a detailed report by RecCom director Carol Peters on March 28, the selectmen decided to seek further information about the costs to the town before accepting the donation.
Peters said that the van will be self-supporting in that the RecCom plans to pay all expenses, including insurance, maintenance, gas and the costs of hiring and training drivers, out of fees for recreation programs. The selectmen were especially concerned about liability insurance for transporting students and asked Peters to look further into this issue.
The van is a 1991 Plymouth Voyager with 92,000 miles which seats seven. "Transportation is important," said Peters, "because we want our programs to be inclusive. Now, it is hard for working parents who can't transport their children to take advantage of our programs." Peters explained that, while buses are sometimes used, the charges are high. RecCom member Maureen Tarca added that the RecCom could offer 12 percent more courses if they had access to transportation.
Selectman Vivian Chaput wondered why the RecCom couldn't use the town van that is usually parked in the Town Hall parking lot and which is used only rarely by town employees. "I'm concerned about getting into a redundant situation that is costly to the town," she said, worrying that the RecCom will request the town to buy a new van when the donated van stops running. Peters responded, "It's not my intention to add burdens on the taxpayers. When this one dies, we'll find a way to replace it."
If accepted, the van will not be used in RecCom programs until the fall. Transportation for the summer programs is provided by Concord Public School buses.
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