Present: Jan Schumacher; Andy Anderson; Kevin Bateman; Dave
Blankenship; Scott Schaffenacker; Dave Hepler
Guests: Gene Rohlfs; Bob Farmer; Chuck Ruben; Emily Davenport; Dave
Blankenship; Jonathan Wright; Mike Booher; Angela Reiners; DiAnne
Turner; Alison Rumler-Gomez
Mrs. Schumacher called the meeting to order at 7:45 pm.
Mrs. Schumacher started the meeting providing remarks regarding the
Logan County Board’s focus on public transportation. The goal is
getting rides to the people who need rides. Politics sometimes get
in the way of the end goal. She asked everyone to keep their focus
on making transportation available to everyone. The goal of this
meeting is to identify the best approach to that goal.
Public Transportation: Mr. Anderson suggested requesting bids
for providers after the first of the year, when a state budget
agreement might be reached.
Mr. Ruben also agreed we should seek bids, as an outside operator
could probably do a better job operating transportation than the
County itself could and would eliminate the oversight and liability
of yet another County office.
Mr. Hepler remarked it should not be impossible to accept proposals
in a short time-frame since the information is readily available. He
also reminded the group that a 30 day notice is required to make any
Mr. Bateman indicated he would like to explore the option of Logan
County operating the program and eliminating an “extra” agency.
Community Action is currently only offering critical medical
transports to seniors through the Area Agency on Aging grant of
which they are grantee.
Mr. Schaffenacker, Mr. Farmer, Mr. Rohlfs and Mr. Blankenship also
believe it would be best to seek outside bids.
Mrs. Schumacher indicated it does not seem there are sufficient
votes to make a decision this evening. She pointed out, however,
that this question does impact the hiring of the new person for the
office. If the County operates public transportation, a PCOM would
no longer be required.
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Mrs. Rumler—Gomez expressed concerns about having adequate time
to prepare a proposal with limited information.
Mrs. Schumacher suggested a sub-committee convene to draft the
details of the proposal request, to be reviewed at the October 13th
A motion was made by Mr. Hepler, seconded by Mr. Bateman, to seek
proposals to be received by October 13th. Motion failed. A motion
was made by Mr. Anderson, seconded by Mr. Anderson, to develop
request for proposal details for presentation to the committee on
October 13th. Motion passed.
LC Board Staffing: Mr. Bateman abstained from discussion on
this agenda item. A motion was made by Mrs. Davenport, seconded by
Mr. Hepler, to go into executive session pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2 ©
1 – Personnel Matters.
Roll call vote taken 5 yes 0 no. Into executive session at 8:27
pm. Returned from executive session at 8:46 pm.
New Business: None
Public Comments: None
A motion was made by Mr. Schaffenacker, seconded by Mr. Blankenship,
to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed. Meeting ended at 8:47 pm.
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