Letter: Tran-Sen grant proposal on its way
To the editor:
We finally completed it. This past Friday the Tran-Sen grant request proposal was hand-delivered to Sacramento in our chase for federal funds to purchase two vans to serve the seniors and the disabled in the Tahoe Basin community. Assuming we are successful we will not see the funds until early 2002, and with the placement of the order at that time we will not receive the vehicles until early summer of that year. Many people were involved in assisting us in putting this project together. Here on the East Slope our many thanks go to:
Supervisor Dave Solaro and his right arm, Judi Harkins, who with the joint sponsorship of Supervisor Helen Baumann, hand-walked the proposal through the Board of Supervisors.
Judy Crawford, recreation superintendent, who was responsible for the positive staff report that enabled the City Council to support our effort.
David Childs, city manager and his staff – Angie Petersen, city clerk and Cathy DiCamillo, city attorney – who made sure that everything happened in a timely manner.
The mayor, Hal Cole and City Councilmembers Judy Brown, Brooke Laine, Tom Davis and Bill Crawford for being 100 percent behind the project.
Gary Moore, director for the Senior Center, who without his input the proposal never could have been written.
Alfred Knotts, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency transportation planner, who was instrumental throughout the project in guiding us as to where to go and who to talk to in order to get the project off the ground.
We would also like to apologize for any misunderstanding that may exist regarding the Tran-Sen project and the potential donation by the Kiwanis of a small van to the county. The Kiwanis’ van donation has to be approved by the Board of Supervisors and will be brought before them, depending on their schedule, some time in April. If approved, the Senior Center will use this van as a trial run for the operation of the Tran-Sen project prior to our receiving the large vehicles a year later. Thanks go to David Kelly for being the impetus behind the Kiwanis’ offer.
Commissioners representing Tahoe Valley,
Commission On Aging, El Dorado County
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