City signs 5-year agreement for Connex

The City of Lacombe signed a five-year agreement, allowing Lacombe and District FCSS to continue to deliver the Connex Accessible Transportation Service.

“Lacombe City Council is pleased to extend this long-standing agreement with Lacombe FCSS,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “Connex is a critical transportation service for Lacombe residents who need it the most. I want to thank FCSS for continuing to operate and manage this service and look forward to Connex being there for citizens well into the future.”

The flexible agreement provides a five-year term, with an optional five-year renewal, and multiple revision and amendment opportunities — including annual budget approval. The document offers the opportunity for potentially 10 years of service, with each party able to negotiate agreement and service terms as required.

“Lacombe & District FCSS is pleased to continue our partnership with the City of Lacombe to provide accessible transportation to seniors and those who need assistance due to mobility, age, or illness,” said Executive Director Susan MacDonald. “The service is well utilized by the residents, providing rides to medical appointments, shopping, leisure activities as well as special group bookings.”

Connex initially started in 2009 after the Handivan Association disbanded. At that time, the City and FCSS entered into a five-year agreement – which ended in 2013. This agreement modernizes those terms and provides for future revisions and updates. Under the newly agreed-upon terms, the city will continue to manage the Connex fleet, including fleet maintenance, fuel supply, and lifecycle replacement. FCSS will continue to operate the service.

The deal’s financial commitment is subject to the annual budget, meaning council can choose to set service levels year-to-year.