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.