DYER | With its funding drastically slashed, South Lake County Community Services has come to Dyer asking for help.
“Having served 13 years on the board (of SLCCS), I can say that there are several people in the community” who use its services, Councilwoman Mary Tanis said during a Dyer Town Council study session.
SLCCS provides a bus service at a nominal cost to users.
“I see it go past my house four times a day,” Tanis said. “They do a lot of stops” in Dyer.
SLCCS is seeking a $5,000 donation from the town. The cost to riders is $1 to $2 to use the service, Tanis said.
The last time Dyer agreed to provide such a donation was from October 2008 to September 2009.
The Lake County Council slashed $65,000 in SLCCS funding, and the organization has been asking various communities to help make up the difference.
Councilwoman Debbie Astor and others asked that Town Administrator Rick Eberly look into how many residents the bus serves before making a decision.
“I’d like to know where the money’s coming from,” Councilwoman Connee Trepton said.
Donations of this sort can be made from the Town Council promotions fund, but the fund only contains $3,000 at this point.
Because study sessions are for informational purposes only, the council was unable to act on the request. Council members plan to discuss the issue again at their September study session.