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Living Well provides quarterly expense report

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

Beverly Ferry, CEO of Living Well in Wabash County, provided the Wabash County Commissioners with a financial update and the latest on adding designated stops to Wabash County Transit during their Monday, July 29 meeting.

The Federal Section 5311 Program was created to provide public transportation in non-urbanized areas with a population of 50,000 or less. The purpose of the program is to provide transportation to people living in rural areas, according to the state of Indiana.

Ferry presented the commissioners with the second quarter financial statements, which are reimbursable through the program. She said the total amount was $99,359.

After the meeting, Ferry met with Chairman Barry J. Eppley to go over financial statements, which he updated the rest of the commissioners on at their Monday, Aug. 5 meeting.

Last year, Wabash County Transit announced plans to add designated stops to their transportation system, which would allow people to ride without prior registration.

Ferry said they were currently running practice routes for the bus routes through town.

“It’s taking more practice than we thought it would. Trying to figure out the timing that will work for the community is a nightmare. But, we’ll get there. But, I think there will be a lot of complaints initially,” she said.

Ferry said the updates would not replace the service they already provide.

“We’re getting a lot of calls inquiring about the bus stops. It’s a good thing. But, I’m sure it will have its rough edges. Just a warning, but that’s the way progress is,” she said.