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City may seek grants for shuttle service

The city of Manhattan Beach will look into the possibility of applying for grants to help fund the Safe Ride shuttle service there, according to draft meeting minutes of the city council’s April 2 meeting.

Council member Clyde Brodt owns the service. The draft minutes show he said he was approached by a coalition against drunk driving in Minnesota, which said his company is one of few that has stayed in business.

Brodt has presented at some seminars hosted by the coalition to show others how the business operates and encourage them to do the same.

During a phone interview, Brodt said the shuttle has charged the same fee for seven years, and since then gas and other expenses have gone up, making the service more and more difficult to sustain.

He said he does a lot of picking up and dropping off in Manhattan Beach, so the city is willing seek grants to help support the shuttle. He said the shuttles have had a significant impact in lowering the number of accidents and DWIs in the cities it serves.

In other business April 2, the council:

• Tabled discussion on the annual ditch clean-up to the May meeting because of the amount of snow still on the ground.

• Allowed the Soil and Water Conservation District to use city hall free of charge for a contractor workshop meeting.

• Heard that snow had to be removed from the mailbox because it was preventing mail from being delivered. Wannebo Excavating was hired to remove the snow.

• Decided to print and frame a written history of Manhattan Beach to be posted in city hall.