The Brookfield Board of Selectmen has signed off on an application for a state matching grant program for elderly and demand response transportation. The yearly program provides funds for transportation of seniors and persons with disabilities to each municipality based on the land area and population of those over age 60.
Selectman Marty Flynn asked if the town is picking up part of the cost since the grant pays for half. First Selectman Steve Dunn says this is for programs already in place. The town is not planning to expand the program at this time.
Dunn noted that Brookfield has the largest percentage of elderly people in the state by population.
He says sometimes municipalities will get an accessible van to help with transportation, but that it's not currently needed. At some point Dunn says the town may need to get an accessible van, but noted that it would ramp up expenses because of drivers and other related costs.