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New School Bus Depot Wanted in Wayne

Buses won't be stored in Totowa after residents complained about the new location.

School district officials are looking for a new location in town for a school bus depot after residents criticized the recent move to Totowa.

The district negotiated leasing space for five years at the Totowa Business Center on Riverview Drive for between $11.75 and $13.75 a square foot. Residents complained that the district’s 84 buses should be stored somewhere in town. The district’s transportation office and maintenance garage were also to have moved to the new location.

Board of Education President Laura Stiziano said at a meeting Thursday that a site in town is being considered and that details on the new location “will be made available as soon as possible.”

Until a new site is selected, the buses continue to be stored at North Cove, behind the Wayne Police Athletic League. The location floods and the undercarriages are prone to rusting as a result. A few buses were vandalized at that location in 2012. A catalytic converter was stolen out of one.

Officials examined more than a dozen sites in Wayne before making the Totowa deal but they were all rejected. 

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Bill January 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM
This town is known for retaliation. It is safer to post online than to show one's face at meetings. Glad that someone is reading these posts and actually acts on the suggestions.
Pad January 28, 2014 at 08:01 AM
Its amazing that they are still trying to spend money on this. I guess its time for someone else to get rich off our tax money. Can't wait to see the next brilliant idea on this bus issue!
Wayne's World January 28, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Bill, what kind of retaliation and who is it directed against?
Pad February 01, 2014 at 07:15 AM
BTW, Bus undercarriage's get wet all the time in rain, snow and exposure to road salt. If our relatively new bus fleet has rusting problems it isn't due to where they are parked. After all they aren't parked in water that deep at anytime. This is just another flimsy excuse by the BOE to justify this unneeded waste of taxpayers money. Maybe they should contact the bus manufacturer and ask Why?
Pad February 01, 2014 at 07:17 AM
From the picture above you can see how high the undercarriages sit off the ground. Any rusting problems on these busses didn't come from North Cove Lot.

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