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Mayor, Langley staff consider South Whidbey Parks District vans

Shuttling people into Langley and around Whidbey may become a new service for the Village by the Sea.

Langley’s new mayor and city council considered a proposal by Councilman Bruce Allen to acquire used vans from the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District.

The vans could be used by several agencies, such as the Port of South Whidbey, The HUB, Veterans Resource Center or Helping Hand, said Mayor Fred McCarthy. Both vans are surplus property of the parks district, which wants to unload the 21-passenger and nine-passenger vehicles. Allen is also on the board for The HUB.

“We’re not sure we should be in the car rental business,” McCarthy said.

Langley is reviewing the process of claiming the vans and whether or not Langley should be the lead agency. The Veterans Resource Center identified 38 disabled veterans on South Whidbey and considered getting a van on the South End to more easily respond to them.

McCarthy said Langley was not at the stage which would require a meeting with Island Transit to discuss possible conflicts.

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