Carroll to look at buying used van for seniors

By Allen Worrell Editor

September 5, 2013

Carroll County will look into purchasing a used van to transport groups of seniors and for other activities.

The Carroll County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion to look into purchasing a van at the suggestion of Supervisor Sam Dickson during the board’s August 12 meeting. Dickson told the board District III Senior Services has vans that run throughout Carroll County to pick up seniors and take them to different places – usually to meeting centers and things of that nature.

“They are in the process of replacing all of them and all the vans will have 120,000 or more miles on them. Some are gas, some are diesel, and most of them seem to be in pretty good shape,” Dickson said. “I’ve been inside of a lot of them, and before they offered them for sale on (a government website) they are going to offer them to the localities.”

District III Senior Services is part of a governmental agency owned and operated by its member local governments for the benefit of citizens of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe counties, and the cities of Bristol and Galax, Virginia. Dickson said six of District III’s vans would be available soon.

“What it boils down to, the rec department has tried to establish some activities for seniors and they have done very well, day trips and maybe a couple of overnight trips. But I would suggest we look at the possibility if you are interested in purchasing one of those vans for the rec department and maybe other use also, but to use for day trips for seniors,” Dickson said. “I think we can get them at a very reasonable price. If something didn’t work out we could probably always turn around and sell it and shouldn’t lose any money really. But I think it would be a good addition.”

Dickson said he recently spoke with members of the Recreation Commission, who were excited about the possibility of getting a van.

“And I talked to some citizens that actually helped establish a trip when they went up to the Northern part of Virginia and did those Christian shows that they have up there. I don’t know if we need a motion or just a suggestion or what. I would make the motion that we look into purchasing one,” Dickson said. “If we can get it less than Blue Book, I suggest we buy one and try this and see if it works.”

Laurel Fork District Supervisor Joshua Hendrick seconded the motion.

“This was talked about a long time ago and I thought it was a good idea at the time,” Board Chairman David Hutchins said. “There are times that we as a group would like to go somewhere. We need to have a means to do that so.”

Hutchins said he would agree with Dickson’s motion if the county’s budget committee felt it could be worked out within the budget. The motion then passed unanimously by a 4-0 vote (supervisors Bob Martin and Dr. Tom Littrell were absent from the August meeting).