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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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Pad January 26, 2014 at 09:23 PM
When a flood is coming just move them! Install a fence and security camera's around the lot and all the problems are solved w/o spending a ton of taxpayers money. Smart move not to go to Totowa. BTW are we paying the Totowa business Center after backing off this deal?
Flood Plain January 26, 2014 at 09:53 PM
The newest announcement of not going to T town for bus storage confirms the lack of common sense of those employed in, and on, the BOE.
Pad January 27, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Yes, the problem with the current site can be solved simply as stated above. Also with increased police patrols of the lot. But hey! this is Wayne so we need to spend, spend, spend. After all the taxpayers are a money tree. I would love to know the amount of money spent planning the move to Totowa and then changing their minds. Are we paying anything because we backed out of the contract? Did someone still make money on this? If they would have listened to the taxpayers before starting this stupid plan they would have saved time & money.
garyp January 27, 2014 at 08:30 AM
It has been working fine there for 15 years, build a fence! Why would you walk away from a garage you spent a million dollars to build, that was designed specifically for bus repair?
Wayne's World January 27, 2014 at 09:43 AM
It seems this would be one occasion where the dissent on Patch has made a difference! Given the paltry public participation at BOE and town council hearings, this forum can really be something when people highlight an important issue. Sounds like the BOE is finally heeding some of the voices in Wayne and considering the public pressure on some issues. Hope it continues in this direction.
Pad January 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Wayne's World, I agree with you on this. This idea was bad from the start and also a waste of money. They should have never even considered this. Flooding isn't a regular occurrence at the site and if it happens just move the busses to higher ground. Fence, a few camera's and increased police patrols would solve the vandalism/theft problem. I guarantee someone was or has made money off this stupid idea.
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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