Over the past several months, Basil Ryan has appeared at numerous Franklin common council meetings attempting to keep the Franklin Senior Travel Program alive. When then Alderman Basil Ryan introduced the Franklin Senior Travel Program in 2002, it started with a $10,000 budget. In 2016 it still has the same $10,000 budget. What the program is experiencing is increased costs over the past 15 years. In 2002 the Franklin Senior Travel Program could schedule 19 bus trips with $10,000. In 2015, only 11 trips could be taken with the same $10,000. In 2016, 10 trips. Without the common council adding additional money to the Franklin Senior Travel Program, it will continue to lose quality bus trips. Mayor Olson stated he didn't care if the Senior Travel Program went on 19 trips or one trip. He was only going to budget $10,000.
Basil Ryan will continue to keep Franklin seniors informed of the status of the Franklin Senior Travel Program. Watch for downloads of pictures and audio of Franklin common council meetings. The Franklin Independent Journal's goal is to keep Franklin seniors informed and educated about how their elected officials react to the needs of the community.