Vandals caused upwards of $1,400 worth of damage earlier this week to vehicles that are dedicated to transporting seniors and people with disabilities.
Marianne Mills is the Juneau-based director of Catholic Community Services, which operates Ketchikan Senior Services and the transit service for seniors and people with disabilities. She said she got a call early Tuesday morning reporting the vandalism.
Officials with the Ketchikan Senior Services discovered the vandalism at about 4 in the morning, Mills said, and they contacted the police to give a report, before scrambling to get the vans fixed.
“Bob the mechanic at the borough was extremely helpful,” she said. “And the site manager and the dispatcher should be commended on how they just took care of everything so quickly with the help of Bob and Shaub, who provided assistance with the tires in a very expedient manner so we were able to continue our transportation service without turning down any of our para-transit clients, which is pretty amazing.”
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough contracts with the senior center to provide required ADA public transportation services. Mills said the center also receives transit funding through the state.
Ketchikan Police Department Deputy Chief Josh Dossett says police are investigating the vandalism, which took place in a gravel parking lot near Berth 4 downtown.
“There are security cameras in the area,” he said. “I don’t know if they actually covered that part of the lot. That’ll be part of the investigation to find out.”
Mills said the cost of repairs to the five vehicles should be covered by insurance. She said repairs were completed quickly enough that they were able to maintain service for all of their scheduled clients.