Cobb accepts matching grant to extend bus service for seniors
by Jon Gillooly
April 15, 2013 12:00 AM | 2583 views | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Faye DiMassimo, Cobb County Department of Transportation director, speaks about the Cobb Community Transit Mobility Center during its groundbreaking ceremony in May 2012. The center includes offices for CCT’s paratransit staff, as well as Cobb Senior Services transportation officials. The Cobb Board of Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a $121,595 federal grant that requires a county match to pay for a transportation program for disabled seniors.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
Faye DiMassimo, Cobb County Department of Transportation director, speaks about the Cobb Community Transit Mobility Center during its groundbreaking ceremony in May 2012. The center includes offices for CCT’s paratransit staff, as well as Cobb Senior Services transportation officials. The Cobb Board of Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a $121,595 federal grant that requires a county match to pay for a transportation program for disabled seniors.
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The Cobb Board of Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a $121,595 federal grant that requires a county match to pay for a transportation program for disabled seniors.

The county began the program in 2008 when it accepted a $325,000 federal grant and matched it. The funds are used for vouchers for disabled seniors ages 60 and older who don’t live near a Cobb Community Transit bus route.

The grant program is separate from the one used by people who live within three quarters of a mile of a CCT bus route. Those residents have access to CCT transportation through a different avenue, said Laraine Vance, planning division manager with the Cobb Department of Transportation.

The program whose funds were approved Tuesday issues vouchers to qualifying Cobb County seniors.

“The client pays $10 to get $100 worth of vouchers,” Vance said. “So for every $100, that is $90 left. And then that cost that they spend, 50 percent of that is paid for by the county, and 50 percent is paid for by the federal government,” she said.

At any given time, about 200 seniors use the program, she said.

“You bring people into the program, and they leave for one reason or another — some of them pass away, some of them move out of the area — so it’s a constant in flow and outflow of people,” Vance said.

Helping seniors with mobility issues

Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee said he believes the expense is worth it.

“The senior community is one that continues to grow as we age in place in Cobb County,” Lee said. “It’s a lifestyle and a responsibility for us, I think, for us to help assist seniors with their mobility issues, and I think this is a less expensive way than for us to put a bus system throughout the entire county. Being able to provide shut-in seniors the transportation needs they have for medical and life necessities is a responsibility that is important to support.”

New communications manager

In other business, the board hired Ann Flynn as the new emergency communications manager, the person in charge of managing the county’s 911 system. Flynn has served as the interim manager of the program since the February retirement of former manager Tony Wheeler. She will be paid a salary of $97,145.

The board also reappointed Rainia Washington to the Post 3 seat on the Civil Service Board, James Tallman to the Post 1 seat on the Community Services Board, Tori Steele to the Post 4 seat on the Family and Children Services Board, Alice Summerour to the Post 5 seat on the Cobb Housing Authority and Bill Hilley to the Post 4 seat on the Property Advisory Commission.

The board also appointed Marian Kim to the Post 5 seat and Erin Boxt to the Post 6 seat on the Community Relations Council, replacing Steven Oweida and Amjad Tafique, respectively.
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Pay Up Seniors
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April 15, 2013
Yes, Comissioner Lee, the senior population continues to grow at the expense of the young poeple in our county many of whom are going hungry, are being educated in a school system facing budgetary issues, and are increasingly unemployed. Let's contribute to those who are going to contribute to county GDP and future growth.
FROM TEXAS
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April 15, 2013
Where do us 47 per centers get our gas cards for getting up early and going into work and getting mugged by the county, state and Fed’s where our government aid? Why is the county picking 3.2 million dollars to give to charities shouldn’t the tax payers be able to pick what charity to give to our is this just a jobs program for the well healed and well-connected like Timmy Lee’s wife and many other ?
Cobb Taxpayer
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April 15, 2013
I would like to see this privatized. I do not necessarily think this is a service that taxpayers should subsidize.
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