Council answers Handivan petition 0
Morden Mayor Ken Wiebe
Morden town council is answering a petition that circulated in the community recently suggesting it isn't supportive of the Handivan service.
Contrary to the recent petition suggesting council is questioning the importance of the Handivan, Mayor Ken Wiebe suggested this past week the town has always been supportive of the service and noted each year in advance commits to covering any deficit.
And it did so again at its August 20 meeting in approving funding of just under $26,000 towards their 2011 deficit.
"Morden council recognizes the importance of the service the Morden Community Handivan provides to the community and this resolution shows our continued commitment towards this organization," Wiebe stated in a news release.
"We appreciate the fact that this organization is run by a volunteer board and is supported by a number of volunteer drivers. By financially supporting them, we are encouraging them to continue providing the current level of service to our citizens," continued Wiebe.
He noted the Handivan would not be eligible for provincial funding if the Town of Morden did not sponsor them.
The Morden Community Handivan receives a $20,000 grant towards operating costs from the Province of Manitoba, but this funding has not changed for many years, Wiebe noted.
As a result, the town is asking the Association of Manitoba Municipalities lobby the province to increase the funding.
The fact that only 25 per cent of the costs to run the Handi-van are covered by user fees confirms the need for funding support, Wiebe said.
And he added the costs to operate the Handivan service continue to rise each year due to increasing fuel, maintenance and wage costs.