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State Okays Lewisboro Grant for New Senior Bus

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The state Department of Transportation has approved a grant that will allow the Town of Lewisboro to get a new senior citizen bus.

The specialized bus, which contains things such as a wheelchair lift, costs $46,145. The grant, known as a section 5310, will pay for 80 percent of that cost, which means the town will pay $9,229 to cover its share.

Parks & Rec Director Dana Mayclim said the new bus is sorely needed. “Our current bus is eight years old and it’s been used at least three times a week, 11 months out of the year, during that time,” she said.

The bus is used to take seniors to the Danbury Fair Mall, to Ridgefield for grocery shopping, to vote, and for other excursions. It is also used by Northeast Special Recreation six times a year for trips for kids with special needs.

“It’s a key part of our program,” Mayclim said.

The town still has one minor hurdle to cross before the deal becomes official, which is federal approval of the grant. It’s something Mayclim said is a formality because the DOT has already asked the town for its $9,229 check. Once the feds sign off, the town will receive the new bus in the spring of 2012.

“I can’t wait to get it,” Mayclim said.

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