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Will County looks to continue transit for eastern residents

County reaches electronic recycling event agreements

JOLIET – Will County is looking to secure funds to continue its paratransit operations that serve residents of the eastern part of the county.

On Thursday morning, the Will County Board approved a resolution to seek $248,000 in funding from the Regional Transportation Authority to continue a transit program.

In 2016, Will County provided 7,425 trips using the program, according to a Will County Executive’s Office news release.

More than 1,750 of the trips were for disabled residents to jobs, school and workshops, the news release stated. The remaining trips were transportation for seniors to medical appointments, such as dialysis and physical therapy.

“Through our partnership with Pace Bus Service we have improved transit options for the residents in eastern Will County,” County Executive Larry Walsh Sr. said. “Wendie Garlich, our mobility manager, has done a great job ensuring these services are accessible and reliable for our residents who depend on them.”

A 2010 study that looked into the transit needs of the eastern portion of the county was a catalyst for the program.

In other news, the board also reached new intergovernmental agreements for electronic recycling services.

The county reached an agreement with Champaign County, which will host two electronic recycling events this year. Will County has a contract with a vendor that allows for up to a certain amount of electronic recycling collection a year.

According to County Board documents, the county has excess capacity under its recycling contract and can accommodate the total weight of products estimated to be collected at Champaign County’s two one-day collection events in 2017.

The board approved similar electronic recycling agreements with the city of Lockport and Channahon Township.

The resource recovery and energy division of the county’s land use department has been reaching agreements with various municipalities for electronic recycling events ever since a former vendor backed out of its contract with the county.

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