Logan County Board signs new
public transportation agreement with CAPCIL
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[August 24, 2017]
- On Tuesday, August 22, the Logan County Board held a special
meeting to vote on the transportation agreement between the county
and Community Action of Central Illinois (CAPCIL) and to discuss the
preliminary draft of the 2018 Fiscal Year Budget.
Board members present were Board Chairman Chuck Ruben, Vice Chairman
Emily Davenport, Kevin Bateman, Dave Blankenship, Janet Dahmm, Bob
Farmer, David Hepler, Gloria Luster, Gene Rohlfs, Bob Sanders and
Scott Schaffenacker. Annette Welch was absent.
Transportation Committee Chairman Kevin Bateman made a motion for
the board to approve the changes made to the transportation
agreement. He said there were many emails and discussions between
multiple parties about the agreement.
Chairman Ruben said he had added some items into the agreement and
asked for discussion.
Hepler said he is concerned about insurance requirements "well
beyond the usual and customary" and does not want a third party to
be responsible for extraordinary costs.
Program Compliance Oversight Manager Brenda Clark said most
operators have a $2 Million "rider" for their vehicles. Clark said
State's Attorney Jonathan Wright suggested increasing the amount to
$5 M in case of accidents where multiple people are riding. That
would increase insurance rates to about $5,000 per vehicle, which
affects the number of vehicles they can afford to have.
Wright said $2 M would often be more than adequate, but if there was
a "catastrophic incident," even $5 M would not be much money.
Community Action Executive Director Alison Rumler-Gomez said the
CAPCIL board thought $5 M or even $15 M may not be enough in a
catastrophic incident. Five million would include a basic umbrella
policy and an additional "rider."
Ruben asked Rumler-Gomez to share some of her other concerns. Rumler-Gomez
said she had concerns about the number of vehicles listed on the
agreement. Their original $30,000 per month budget had five vehicles
and pushing it to eight meant cutting the position of the secondary
administrator who assisted in local match.
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Clark said with the various routes, there is a possibility of
having six vehicles out at one time. She said the Illinois Department of
Transportation has warned her they should have backup vehicles when some need to
be serviced. Clark said having eight would give them back ups.
There was discussion about the need to have two vehicles for back up with most
present agreeing they would be needed. Rumler-Gomez said the budget has nine
vehicles built into it with six that are county owned and three CAPCIL owned.
Logan Mason Public Transportation Director DiAnne Turner said with only three
drivers, having these vehicles is more than enough and back-up vehicles are
built into their budget.
Clark said IDOT reminded her once vehicles are returned, IDOT usually does not
provide additional vehicles. She said fifteen vehicles were utilized this last
year with the county owning twelve vehicles with IDOT and CAPCIL owning three
vehicles with IDOT.
Rumler-Gomez said she was not comfortable with wording about "all required local
share" and feels like it could dictate what the local match is. She said the
local share can be from local grants, appropriations, dedicated tax revenues,
income for purchases of service contracts, downstate operating assistance
programs, and other state eligible funds.
Rumler-Gomez would like it worded so it does not sound like the county is not
telling them how to get local match funds. She said CAPCIL is willing to
contribute $20,000 a year in local match funds.
Ruben said it could be changed to say that CAPCIL will provide local matching
funds and leave out "all required."
After the discussions, the board voted on amendments to the original motion to
approve changes made to the transportation agreement.
The vote on Ruben's amendment to strike the words "all required" before local
share was unanimously approved by the 11 board members present.
The vote on Bateman's amendment to lower the insurance to a minimum of $2 M was
10 yeses and 1 abstaining. Scott Schaffenacker said he was abstaining because he
came to the meeting after the discussion about insurance.
The vote on Bateman's main motion to approve the transportation contract as
amended was unanimously approved by the 11 present.