Adams Agrees to Share ‘Fallon Car’ With Cheshire COA
iBerkshires.com reports officials last week approved an agreement that will allow the Council on Aging to share its "Fallon car" with its counterpart in Cheshire.
COA Director Erica Girgenti said the Board of Selectmen's approval will allow her to approach the Cheshire Selectmen and finalize the memorandum.
Fallon Health, a nonprofit provider based in Worcester, donated a Nisson Rogue each to Adams and to the Council on Aging in Lee in March accompanied by $3,000 grants through Elder Services of Berkshire County.
The sport utility vehicles were designed to expand access to services for senior citizens and others beyond the regular van routes.
Girgenti said Adams' car has been used for medical trips to Albany, N.Y., and Rhode Island, to transport a blind child and his family to special event in Northampton, and to take veterans to Baystate Medical Center and out-of-state facilities.
Another nine scheduled trips were canceled because the client found other transportation.
Cheshire will be charged for use of the SUV based on mileage and a $20 coordination fee. The drivers are volunteers but if a paid driver is required, Cheshire would also pick up those costs. Use of the car will be on a first-come, first served basis.
Although it would primarily be the Fallon car, it is also possible that the COA van might be used in special circumstances, she said, because the Cheshire van only operates three days a week. In that case, a paid driver would be required and Cheshire would have to cover the cost.