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Weston voters say they want bus service

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WESTON (WAOW) -

Another issue on the historical recall ballot was a referendum to bring bus service back to Weston. Sixty-four percent of voters said yes, that they want it to run again. But what cost does that come?

The decision to cut bus service in Weston has been a heated issue. It all started when village administrators said it was too expensive. That left Weston residents without public transportation.

"It was a good access point for many people to go to their doctors appointments, shopping, just to get around the community," Weston bus service supporter Amy Marthaler said.

Metro Ride is the Wausau based company that serviced Weston. Its director says in 2011 24,000 people rode the bus and the village spent more than $80,000 on the service. But now, with more than 3,000 people voting to bring it back, what's next?

"We haven't had a chance yet to meet with the board to talk about the issue," Weston Village Administrator Daniel Guild said. "But we certainly appreciate everyone who came out and cast a vote and let the trustees know where they stand on this issue," he said.

According to the referendum, the bus would be running again by the beginning of 2013. Weston leaders said they had to cancel service last year because of budget concerns. They say now, the money has to come from other areas.

"Elected officials that are good at their jobs and care about the community will make choices and strategize and prioritize based on where they think the community needs to go and can afford to go," Guild said.

"That's what I'm hoping the village of Weston will do and they carry through the voters' decision and help supply the needs of transportation within the community," Marthaler said.

Village officials say they don't know how much it will all cost or if the schedule will be the same as before. But in a letter to residents, they reported about $130,000. Both sides say they hope for a resolution soon.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 18.

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