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Kendall veterans group gets new vehicle

Updated: February 5, 2014 3:04PM

YORKVILLE – The Kendall County Veterans Assistance Commission will get a sorely needed new vehicle.

The County Board this week approved spending $50,233 to buy the 12-seat bus from Central States Bus in Big Rock. It will replace an old bus the commission uses to give rides to veterans in the county, and sometimes to the Veterans Hospital near Chicago.

“They have a vehicle, but it’s not even working right now,” said County Board member John Purcell, Finance Committee chairman.

Purcell said purchase of the bus was budgeted this year, and will come from the capital improvement fund.

While the Central States bid was slightly higher than two other bids on the van, the other bids would have been costlier for service on the vehicle.

The lowest bid, $46,865, came from Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc., which would have required the commission to bring the vehicle to Kankakee or Des Plaines for service. The second lowest bid, $48,461, came from Southern Bus & Mobility and would have required service in Breese, Ill., near St. Louis.

Central States can service the vehicle in Big Rock or Sugar Grove, officials said.

“They did a lot of due diligence on this,” said County Board member Jeff Wehrli. “It helps veterans get around.”

In other news, the County Board considered a new ordinance to allow the Veterans Assistance Commission to bury indigent veterans. Because the State’s Attorney’s Office wants to review the ordinance, the board could not vote on it this week, but will at its next meeting.

Wehrli said the ordinance simply follows state guidelines for burying indigent veterans, but needs to be adopted by the county.

“Unfortunately, we have a gentleman dying of cancer right now,” he said.

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