Bus Garage Moves Forward Despite Joint Lawsuit

Bus Garage Moves Forward Despite Joint Lawsuit

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Opal Development LLC and Car-Freshner Corporation filed a joint lawsuit in State Supreme Court last week to stop work on the project.

The suit names the Town of Watertown, the town planning board, the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, several county boards and departments, and Mike Lundy, the developer building the garage.

It claims the project violates zoning laws and that it was approved without taking a good look at effects on traffic and the environment.

A court date is set for August 30.

Meanwhile, Lundy says he will continue building the garage in the industrial park, despite what he calls "interference."

Aside from the lawsuit, Rob Freeman, the president of Freeman Bus Corp., looks at how First Student has handled this whole situation, and calls it fraud.

"First Student had a contractual obligation as of July 1 to have a building in place somewhere and it seems like the Watertown City School District is turning a blind eye to that whole requirement within the contract," he said in on camera interview.

In a news release he said: "Freeman Bus Corporation feels that First Student was fraudulent in their facility presentation, proposal and intent in their bid proposal while pursing a contract award with the Watertown City School District."

We reached out to the school district and First Student for comment but have not heard back.

Freeman's company bussed Watertown students for more than 50 years before First Student outbid it for the contract in January.

The first full day of school for Watertown is September 4.

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