The La Crescent City Council has agreed to seek funding for two bus shelters to assist seniors who use the public transportation system.

Ruth Berns, who volunteers in La Crescent on projects to help seniors, asked the council at a meeting Monday to consider installing a bus shelter outside Crestview Apartments.

She said that at least 12 of the seniors who live in the affordable living complex use the bus and several of that group are disabled. Erecting a bus shelter outside the apartments would help those seniors by giving them shelter while they wait for the bus, Berns added.

Mayor Mike Poellinger said he also had gotten requests for a bus shelter outside Lancer Apartments and asked the council if they would agree to seek funding for bus shelters for both locations with the shelter for Crestview Apartments as the priority.

Council member Bernie Buehler proposed a motion in support of getting funding for the shelters and was backed by the rest of the council.

Poellinger said the city would seek federal and state funding for the project with a city funding match likely required. City officials will return to the council with details on the cost later, and the mayor said there was a slight chance the project could be completed this year but it was more likely to be finished next spring.

Berns said the bus service was greatly appreciated by the La Crescent seniors who use it and the shelters would provide an “easy fix” to help seniors waiting for the bus in bad weather.

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