The Rochester Council on Aging is getting a $44,510 grant from the state transportation department to help buy a new van, said council director Sharon Lally. The nine-passenger, handicapped-accessible van will replace one of the council’s three vans, a 2005 model that is not handicapped-accessible, Lally said. The total cost will be around $55,000, she said, with the town paying the balance. The agency applied for the grant in the spring, Lally said, adding that the council “is the only transportation option for a lot of people in our rural town.” The council last year provided 101 residents with nearly 4,000 rides, Lally said. The money comes from the state’s Mobility Assistance Program.
By Paul E. Kandarian| Globe Correspondent December 16, 2012
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