UCCF 7/21/16: Free Senior Citizen Vans – No Lifts

In a ‘Dear Mayor’ letter dated June 23, 2016 Freeholder Bruce Bergen made the following offer:

As Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders I am pleased to invite you to participate in my “Seniors in Motion” initiative, part of my “One County/One Community” agenda for 2016. This initiative recognizes the critical need for additional transportation options for seniors and the disabled near their homes. Through this initiative, Union County will provide a 15-passenger vehicle custom fitted with grab bars and low step access to insure safe and easy entry and exit of the vehicle. The Union county logo and related signage will appear on each vehicle and each municipality may add their own signage as desired. Union County will purchase the vehicle for you so that you can offer local transportation for seniors.

If you would like to participate in the “Seniors in Motion” initiative, please send me a letter of interest by July 18th.

Based on the van specifications, Garwood provided their response at the last freeholder meeting:



Other responses:

Berkeley Heights: extremely interested

Clark: would like to participate

Cranford: interested

Elizabeth: interested

Garwood: would rather have the money

Hillside: interested

Kenilworth: very interested

Linden: absolutely interested in email

Mountainside: would very much like to participate

New Providence: interested

Plainfield: interested

Rahway: desires to participate

Roselle: endorses the plan

Roselle Park:  wishes to participate

Scotch Plains: would like to be considered to participate

Summit: interested with Resolution

Winfield: would like to make application

No word from Fanwood, Springfield, Union Twp. or Westfield they will be paying for the vans anyway,whether or not the other towns really need them, probably as part of that $59 million in new bond money coming in that taxpayers in all towns will have to pay down.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by ReadsLikeAMafiaBook on August 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    It’s kind of humorous reading the replies from the various municipalities who are all interested in obtaining a “free” van citing the poor condition of their current vans or that there is a great need. If that is so, why don’t the municipalities buy the vans if the need is so dire? Do they actually think the vans are FREE? Why yes, yes they do. The stupid hurts.


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