In order to keep the wheels on the bus going ‘round and round,’ the Boaz Senior Center is eyeing federal assistance to replace one of its buses.

At the latest Boaz City Council meeting, a public hearing was held to discuss the senior center’s application for funding to replace its 13-year-old, 20 passenger bus. Although the bus that Boaz Senior Center Director Susan Duvall anticipates getting would only seat 17 people, she said it would be a tremendous help.

“Once we get this one, we’ll be set for a while,” Duvall said. “This bus is just starting to give us mechanical problems and it’s got a good bit of mileage on it.

“I think it’s just time we replace it,” she said. “When we plan longer trips, like out to Huntsville, we have to take more than one bus and it has to be one we can rely on.”

After the purchase of a new van was approved in February, the senior center’s vehicle fleet currently stands at two buses and two vans. They are not only used to transport citizens, but the vehicles are also used to make meal deliveries. Duvall said the senior center delivers about 35 meals each day food is served.

Duvall said the city wouldn’t know the result of the application until February or March.

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