The Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg soon will travel in style, thanks to the generosity of a former member.
Reynoldsburg City Council is expected to approve the purchase of a 2019 Freightliner diesel bus from Canal Winchester-based Bus Service Inc., at its Sept. 9 meeting. Council is in recess for August.
The 44-passenger bus would replace a 2002 school bus with no air conditioning and mounting maintenance costs, said Donna Bauman, the city's recreation and parks director.
"It's a wonderful mode of transportation for children going to school or taking short field trips; however, it is not conducive to seniors," Bauman said. "The seats are very uncomfortable; the initial step up is too high, and there is no additional space for storage. The bus has also had some minor mechanical challenges over the last several years and is becoming more expensive to maintain."
The new $159,134 bus is being paid for entirely from money bequeathed to the senior center from a former member who has asked to remain anonymous, Bauman said.
"What I can tell you is the donor was a longtime member and thought of the senior-center members as family and wanted to do something to help make the time spent at the senior center more enjoyable," she said. "This bus will make the trips more enjoyable and comfortable for all.
"We have been having discussions for the last several years about purchasing a new bus; however, it was cost-prohibitive.
"This (gift) was instrumental in being able to purchase a bus for the members of our senior center."
SCOR takes between 60 and 75 trips annually, mainly between May and October, Bauman said.