Evansville firm wins approval for Medicaid taxi service in Hobart
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent May 23, 2014 7:54PM
Updated: June 25, 2014 6:05AM
HOBART — City Council has approved an Evansville-based company as the city’s newest provider of taxi service and transportation for people on Medicaid.
William Kramer, owner of Unity Transportation LLC, said Wednesday that while the company will offer taxi service to residents, he expects the bulk of its work will be to transport Medicaid recipients throughout Lake County.
He said about 40 percent of his Medicaid transportation will be to take young, low-income children to doctor’s appointments.
“We have no intention of muscling out other taxi companies in the area,” Kramer said.
Kramer said about 70 percent of the state’s Medicaid transportation companies went out of business since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, creating a void in some places, including Lake County.
The council also approved on first reading an ordinance that provides a financing measure for the 61st Avenue sewer project that will be done next year in conjunction with the final stretch of road improvements on 61st Avenue.
City Attorney Anthony DeBonis said this is the first of several steps that will be taken to approve a lease agreement between the Redevelopment Commission and the newly created Regional Development Authority.
He said both the RDA and RDC will vote on the lease agreement on May 27 and the sale of the bonds that will finance the project should take place about July 10.
The ordinance still needs to be approved by the council on second reading.
Also the council gave final approvals for the rezoning needed for Merrillville restaurateur Sergio Gutierrez to open a landscaping business on U.S. 30, near Colorado Street, and for Dr. James Herrick to sell his former dental office building at 1414 E. Cleveland Ave.
Herrick’s building was rezoned from residential to office zoning.