Midland Park June 17, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 7 Bergen County will be providing door-to-door bus service to Midland Park senior citizens for shopping at the A&P beginning June 25th. Borough Administrator Michelle Dugan announced the new program during last week’s borough council meeting. Under the program, arranged with Tom Murphy, the county’s director of community transportation, an eightperson van would pick up residents at home at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays, drop them off at the A&P for shopping, and deliver them back home by 11:30 a.m. Interested residents would have to call town hall by the previous Tuesday so they can be worked into the route. Preregistration for the program is required, so when the appointment is made, the county will call the resident back and ask questions that will go into the system, Dugan said. “If there is a big response and they need to make more than one trip, they will go out again,” Dugan said. “They will evaluate the program after a few times and go from there,” she added. Councilman Nick Papapietro asked who would be responsible for the insurance on the program. Dugan said it is a county program, so it would be the county’s responsibility. In March several residents asked the governing body for Seniors to get county bus service for shopping help in getting additional transportation services, now limited to the county bus taking seniors to doctors’ appointments and other scheduled medical needs. Resident Frances Healy pointed out in a letter at the time that the bus from the Northwest Bergen Senior Activity Center on Center Street picks up and delivers riders to the facility daily, but that Thursdays, which are light transportation days, the driver would have time to provide transportation to other venues, Residents could be surveyed to see what they expect of the Midland Park business community, and businesses could be surveyed to determine their needs. This approach emerged from a recent meeting of the Midland Park Chamber of Commerce with Mayor Joseph Monahan as an option towards strengthening the commercial sector of town. Other suggestions included using technology to improve communications and pursuing sharing opportunities. “I felt it was productive to begin this important dialog, get a better understanding of the issues and establish a prioritization of ideas,” commented Monahan after the meeting. “While we all wished the turn out had been stronger in terms of quantity of participants, I believe the quality Chamber, mayor share revitalization ideas such as shopping. Healy said other seniors who live out of town need transportation for their needs as well. “There are many of us who don’t drive, and we have to wait until our children can take us on weekends to go where we need to go,” Healy said. She said she would continue to pursue that possibility with the county. Dugan said that anyone with questions about the Midland Park bus service may call her at 201-445-5720. of the conversation was great. As discussed, the key will be vetting out of the high priority ideas and our ability to align support and ownership of each by the chamber and borough alike. I look forward to solidifying a plan over the next couple of months. If successful, the borough, residents and businesses will all benefit from a robust local economy,” he added. The mayor said that the municipality has the technology to help with a survey, similar to ones the borough and the public library had conducted and found useful. “You get the finger on the pulse of what people are thinking and want,” he said. (continued on page 19) ���������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ������������������������������������ ����������������������� Introducing The Dr. Patrick E. 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