Disabilities Board OKs purchase of 2 buses

LISBON – The Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities on Wednesday approved the purchase of two buses Wednesday at a cost of $98,850 each.

The yellow buses will be purchased from Truck Sales and Service Inc., the lowest of two bidders. The buses come with a three-year warranty. The district plans to trade in or sell two of their current buses for $2,000 each.

Additionally, Superintendent William Devon assured the board the new buses are air conditioned, which he said is very important to the clients, who often ask which route will get the next air conditioned bus.

The board also approved several items which will help finish out the year, including $9,000 to spend on Developmental Disabilities Month activities in March and $1,000 toward the Spring Fling event sponsored by EDI-Central Client Council.

The second event will be held in the Salem Little Quaker Hall on April 27 and three schools have already volunteered to help. More help is welcome for the dance event, which will be a ball theme with a castle this year.

The board also approved a Valentine’s Day flower sale fundraiser to help with the event.

Clients have also been invited to attend a Phantom hockey team game on Feb. 27. Devon said 90 clients and staff have signed up to go, which will be a tight squeeze on the district’s six buses.

In other matters before the board:

– The board welcomed two new members, Michael Parkes and Bill Montgomery. The latter was unable to attend his first meeting.

– The board approved the annual non-federal share of Medicaid expenditure, an amount not to exceed $1,658,000.

– The board also approved the resolution necessary to let the other local schools know the school plans to operate in the 2013-2014 school year.

– Tom Andrix stepped down as president this year. The board will be led by Steve Beadnell with Roland Bryer serving as vice president and Jean Duck as secretary. Meetings this year will be an hour earlier, held at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.