Sunny

Steinbach, MB

23°c Sunny

Full Forecast

Local

The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION

Bus purchases approved in Seine River

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 03/13/2019 7:00 PM

  • Print

Advertisement

Seine River School Division will continue experimenting with gasoline buses following a board vote on Tuesday night.

Trustees approved an $854,000 expenditure to purchase six new buses, including one with a wheelchair lift, to add to the division’s current fleet of 78. Three buses will run on diesel, and three on gas.

The bulk of the funds will be drawn from the division’s surplus, as its bus reserve fund is depleted.

The division is midway through a one-year trial of its first gas bus, approved last year by trustees curious to see if its lower purchase and repair costs offset its shorter lifespan.

Paul Ilchena, the division’s secretary-treasurer, said the gas bus is performing well so far, but said it was premature for the division to draw any final conclusions.

Trustees were given the option of buying five instead of six buses this year, but declined, citing growing enrollments.

The division spent $475,000 on bus purchases last year.

As new buses are added, the oldest in its fleet are auctioned off or sold to private buyers and often fetch $3,000 to $4,000 apiece, Ilchena said.

More Local News

  • Apartment blocks denied in Ste Anne

    08/18/2019 12:05 PM

    Town of Ste Anne council sent a developer back to the drawing board on Tuesday, rejecting a pair of proposed apartment blocks across from the community’s hospital.

    Developer Luke Wiebe sought a rezoning to allow the construction of two 22-unit apartment ...

  • Cory McLeod whips a light weight across the field. As he releases, he lets out a “war cry,” which Matt Reling claims gives them an extra few inches on their throw.

    Highland Heavy Games comes to Hanover Ag

    08/17/2019 7:35 AM
  • PCs promise Steinbach elementary school

    08/16/2019 4:00 PM

    Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives are promising to build a fourth elementary school in Steinbach, but its potential location seems unclear.

    In a campaign announcement yesterday, PC leader Brian Pallister said if voters hand his party a second term, he’ll ensure 13 new ...

Ads by Google