Published: Friday, November 17, 2006
District is seeking a facility for buses
A resident complained about the bus storage situation.
By MARY SMITH
McDONALD The village school district's four buses have lost their storage spot at McDonald Steel.
The steelmaker is remodeling garages where the buses had been stored at no charge to the district.
Buses are now being stored at Morocco Services, 3008 Woodfield Ave., as a favor to the district. Schools Superintendent Michael Wasser said he appreciates Morocco's help.
Jean Wilkes, of 3008 Clearfield Ave. in Weathersfield Township, who resides in the McDonald school district, complained to township trustees Tuesday because buses were being stored outside at Morocco. Her front yard faces the side of the Morocco building, and she does not like looking at the buses.
Trustee chairman John Vogel said the trustees are aware that the buses are there, and the storage will be short-term.
William Roux, township solicitor, noted he is also on the board of education in McDonald. He said that he has been asked by Vogel to look for an alternative plan.
Zoning inspector Sherri Craver said Wednesday that Wilkes' complaint is the only one she has received.
Vogel said he had had a couple of calls about the buses.
Wasser said he plans to set up a meeting with the president of McDonald Steel to see if he can again store the buses at the site, under cover, once the remodeling is done.
Wasser added he is trying different options and looking for different venues to house the buses, but there is really nowhere in the village where they can be stored.
The buses have been stored outdoors for about a month now, Wasser said.
The superintendent noted the school board tried to solve this problem with its plan for a new sports complex, which included building bus garages. Two levy requests for that proposal have failed.