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  • Little Falls continuing to arrange transportation to grocers

  • Transportation has been arranged for senior citizens in Little Falls with more plans in the works to make sure residents still can get their groceries.

    Mayor Robert Peters said Tuesday evening donations from the Little Falls Fire Department will fund one bus that will transport those 55 years of age and older starting Jan. 3, 2013.

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  • Transportation has been arranged for senior citizens in Little Falls with more plans in the works to make sure residents still can get their groceries.
    Mayor Robert Peters said Tuesday evening donations from the Little Falls Fire Department will fund one bus that will transport those 55 years of age and older starting Jan. 3, 2013.
    The bus — arranged through the Little Falls City School District — will pick up seniors at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on East Monroe Street at the Little Falls Housing Authority and Falls Court, Peters said. The bus then will pick up others at Rockton Plaza and at the corner of Glen Avenue before heading to the Hannaford Supermarket in Herkimer, he added.
    “We’re working to come up with other plans,” Peters said during Tuesday evening’s Common Council meeting. “We’re trying to get another bus company to bring people to Hannaford for shopping, and the city has also been contacted by others, including the Dolgeville Big M, about additional bus runs.”
    Those additional runs, he said, could include a bus for residents younger than 55 years of age who do not have transportation of their own. Peters said information about the scheduling of additional transportation, either by the city or local businesses and organizations, would be announced.
    “It’s a work in progress,” he said. “A lot of senior citizens are pleased to know the bus is available. As long as there is a need, and as long as the city, fire department and school district are able to do it, it is something we will continue to do. I hope our seniors take advantage of the service.”
    Big M, located in Shoppers Square on East Main Street, will close Dec. 22 and residents will be without a local grocery store for at least eight months. The business is being shuttered to make way for a Price Chopper supermarket, which Peters hopes will be completed by the end of the summer.
    “The majority of what has been reported has been the negative — such as the loss of 24 jobs, either full- or part-time, three days before Christmas,” said First Ward Alderman Jeffrey Gressler. “The city needs to focus on the positive and thank Jim and Bonnie Colomb and Mike Luppino for doing their best to run a store that has served the city well the past nine or 10 years.”
    He added while the city will be without a supermarket for a number of months and residents will miss their hometown market, the planned renovations, when completed, will be a positive for the city.
    Peters agreed and said the multi-million dollar renovation will be a “shot in the arm” for Little Falls.
    “Having a renovated Shoppers Square will not only have a positive impact on Main Street, but on the entire city,” he said. “Hopefully, it will send the message Little Falls is a good place to do business.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The mayor said work on the project could begin as early as mid-January. He said there are about six businesses in Shoppers Square and most are expected to relocate under CVS on the Albany Street side during the construction. Alkie’s Vacuum Service Center will relocate to Herkimer this month.
    Peters added if the Little Falls City School City School District has a snow day on a Tuesday or Thursday, the bus transporting senior citizens to Hannaford would not run that day.
    “The city has a number of stores that offer essential food items such as milk, eggs and bread, and those stores will likely increase the stock on their shelves during this time,” he said. “There may only be one bus for senior citizens now, but that could change depending on conversations that are taking place. If there are any changes they will be announced when the plans become finalized.”

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