Senior center: Opportunities pursued to expand county transportation service

By Stephanie Watson

The Osage County Economic Development Department and the Osage County Senior Center received notice last week that the Kansas Department of Transportation approved a $41,532 operating grant for the Osage County General Public Transportation System for fiscal year 2017. This is a 60 percent increase over this year’s KDOT funding, which will reduce the county’s outlay to operate the system next year. We are looking for ways to efficiently expand the transportation system and provide expanded services while reducing costs to the county.

The public transportation system is in final contract negotiations with a national health care transportation provider to expand its non-ambulatory medical transportation services for area residents. This will provide additional funding for transportation services for more than just routine doctor visits and minor procedures. Currently we request a $3 donation per rider for in-county round trips and $5 for out-of-county trips. We can’t afford to pay bus driver salary expense to have them wait around for a 3 to 4 hour dialysis session. This partnership will provide full reimbursement for specialty medical trips.

Also a grant application has been submitted in partnership with COF (Coffey Osage Franklin Counties Training Services) to fund planning activities to increase awareness of the public transportation system and expand transportation services for seniors and developmentally disabled citizens. The public transportation system consists of two busses, one minivan and three part-time bus drivers. Normal operating schedule is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with occasional availability for weekend or evening group trips. As well as medical related transportation, trips can include shopping excursions, service to and from the senior center, special event outings, work related transportation and other requests.

Save the date! Thursday, April 28, 2016, will be the 11th Annual Senior Resource Fair. It’s free and open to all area senior citizens and their families as well as caregivers and providers! Visit the center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for door prizes, giveaways, and special free services. There will be a presentation by Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn, and everyone is invited to clean out your medicine cabinets and drop off any outdated prescription drugs at the sheriff’s prescription drug collection booth.

Free services available will include: Blood pressure, oxygen and blood sugar checks, VA information and assistance, SMP/Schick representatives, toenail clinic, balance checks, and sign up for a five-minute chair massage. Don’t forget to sign up for lunch at the Mid America Nutrition Program by noon on April 27.

Not sure what to do on a rainy day? Join us at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, or for more information, call 785-528-4906.


  • Monday, April 4: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 11 a.m.; abstract art 12 p.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; play pitch and eat 5:15 p.m., pitch begins at 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 5: Ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games 1 p.m.; bus excursion, with bus leaving the center at 8:30 a.m. for Russell Stover and lunch at Legends Mall ending with a trip to Moon Marble.
  • Wednesday, April 6: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 10:30 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7: Art and painting 9 a.m.; crafting with Ella 10 a.m.
  • Friday, April 8: Balloon volleyball 9 a.m.; bingo 10 a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.

See Osage County Senior Center general transportation bus schedule here.
See Mid America Nutrition Program daily menus here.

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