The Naperville Senior Task Force’s latest project had council buzzing at their most recent meeting.
“It has risen well beyond what we were expecting, I guess,” said Mayor of Naperville, Steve Chirico.
“I am so impressed with what I’ve heard,” said Councilwomwan Becky Anderson.
The council approved a one-year extension of the task force after hearing plans for a not-for-profit volunteer driver program which would help seniors get to and from medical appointments.
“Under this program, a trained volunteer picks up the senior at their home, drives them to their appointment, waits with them and then returns them home again, stopping at a nearby pharmacy if a prescription needs to be collected,” said Jane French, Transportation Subcommittee Chairwoman of the Naperville Senior Task Force.
Modeled after similar programs in Downers Grove and Lisle, the plan would compliment transportation already in place by implementing phase two- a taxi coupon arrangement.
Under this agreement, riders would be able to purchase up to $50 of coupons each month for a discounted price of $25.
All taxi companies that operate in Naperville would then be required to accept the coupons as if they were cash.
The program is still being coordinated and would be funded through grants, donations and corporate sponsorships.
Also approved at the meeting was the route for a new race that will be coming to town.
Presented by the Naperville Running Company, the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon and 5k will take place April 24 and will only be open to female athletes.
“It’s just a big part of our business, same thing with our staff, our staff is more than half female and to have an event that celebrates that, I know that the camaraderie just the whole aspect of something special, that’s a fun weekend, it just made sense,” said Kris Hartner, Owner of the Naperville Running Company.
Both races will start and finish at North Central College, which is hosting the event.
An invitational elite 5k will take place after the runs to showcase the fastest female runners in the world.
Registration opens January 26 with prices ranging from $1-$100 depending on how fast you sign-up.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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