Wautoma Taxi requests assistance from Wautoma Common Council
Wautoma Taxi Services Coordinator Jessica Sedarski attended the Wautoma Common Council regular meeting on March 12 to discuss the possibility of getting a Shared-Ride Transportation Grant through the Department of Transportation.
Sedarski told council members the opportunity would allow Wautoma Taxi to expand their services, providing new vans equipped with essential wheelchair accessibility for disabled customers and to meet the transportation needs of the local community. She said that Berlin has been awarded this grant and it has improved their transportation program.
Sedarski requested that City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Tommy Bohler assist with the grant, as required by the application guidelines. Bohler, who said he has written many grants, said he would want the council to approve before he accepted the request. After discussion, Bohler gave Sedarski a list of several questions that he would like answered before he and the council could make a commitment.
Sedarski told the council since they began their business in March of 2017, they have skyrocketed from 74 rides in March of 2017 to 1,050 in January of 2018. She said they have gone from one vehicle to five, with 38 percent of the monthly rides being rides to and from the customer’s employment, 21 percent for shopping needs, 16 percent for medical appointments, and 25 percent other.
Camp Lakotah repre-sentative Cliff Clauer also attended the council meeting and presented information about the summer swimming program at the camp. He said Camp Lakotah has served over 450 area kids since 2013 and provided 4,078 swim lessons. Clauer added that 45 percent of the kids were from the City of Wautoma, while other kids were from surrounding communities.