EDMOND — Members of the Edmond Public Transportation Committee are interested in creating a trust that would accept donations to the city's bus system.
They have asked City Attorney Steve Murdock to look into the legalities of creating a trust to help pay for a system now funded by sales tax money, grants and payments from the University of Central Oklahoma for use by the students.
“You never know when Aunt Bessie may have been riding the paratransit bus and leave us some money,” committee member Marc Weinmeister said.
Members also are interested in selling advertising space on the buses to help operate the city's 12-bus fleet.
City council members on Monday will consider transferring an additional $52,958 to pay for fuel that was not included in last year's budget. City leaders had budgeted $70,000 for fuel, but spent $122,958.
Part of the additional fuel cost is due to the purchase of three new buses, and the budget had been calculated with the assumption that six buses were to be converted to compressed natural gas.
The program was canceled this summer because there was limited access to CNG in Edmond, and the single CNG pump station was broken down at times.
Edmond received $250,000 in federal stimulus money to convert the Citylink buses to CNG. The city spent $117,200 on five conversion kits, which will be sold at auction.
City leaders have received permission from the federal government to convert the buses the propane, another expected money-saver.
The first propone conversion is to take place next week. City employees will go to Seminole where the conversion is taking place and learn the process, said Shannon Entz, community development manager.
“The next four conversions will be done in-house and our own people will know how to work on them,” Entz said.