Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

May 10, 2012

Transit director talks to stakeholders during supervisor's meeting

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors Monday, May 7 met in regular session at 9 a.m. in the boardroom of the Courthouse.

At 10 a.m. Diane Gawronski, executive director of Otumwa Transit and l0-15 Transit, presented information about the services they offer and what services local stakeholders might like to see in the future.

"We're going to try to do a lot better job. We'll work with you. You just need to tell us what you need from us," Gawronski said. "Honestly, I only hope things can get better from here."

Local stakeholders who attended the meeting included representatives from Appanoose County, Chariton Valley Planning & Development Council of Governments, Southern Iowa Economic Development Agency, Appanoose Economic Development Corporation, Appanoose, Davis, Lucas and Monroe and Appanoose County Care Services.

Accompanying Gawronski was David Silverio, Ottumwa Transit operations manager.

"If we work together we can make it better," Silverio said.

Gawronski's first day as executive director was March 19. Now she's out visiting the transit's 10-county coverage area to introduce herself and work to find transportation solutions and expand services in the area.

"Anything you can think of we can do to give you more services," Gawronski said.

One idea thrown out by Gawronski was a "shopping shuttle." The shuttle would run on a regular schedule and take seniors, disabled and low-income to stores for shopping.

One stakeholder said one issue is area residents need to know they have access to 10-15 and where to call to schedule a ride.

Gawronski said they could place more brochures describing the process to schedule a ride or where to call at various public outlets.

Gawronski is scheduled to be on the supervisor's June l8 agenda for further discussion about 10-15 Transit services in Appanoose County.

Gawronski' experience includes work she did to bring public transit to Vicksburg, Miss.

During the supervisor's regular meeting, board members voted 3-0 to accept the resignation of Regina Hook as auditor's office clerk effective May 9 and the hiring of Shelly Nielson at $9.50 per hour as part-time clerk effective May 16.

Board members voted 3-0 to approve the supplemental agreement for the final design services for a bridge in Caldwell Township.

Board members voted 2-1 to approve a resolution regarding a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Dewey Road and 230th Avenue and leaving it as it presently exists. Board member Linda Rouse voted no.

Board members voted 3-0 after hearing no objections and receiving no written objections to approve a resolution reclassifying part of 284th Avenue as area service "B" road.